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Dr Ankit Walia

Dr Ankit Walia

Research Associate

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street
Cambridge CB2 1LR

Office Phone: +44(0)1223 761100


The focus of my investigation is centered on how plant cells integrate developmental and environmental inputs to drive cellular processes, and how these processes regulate plant growth and architecture. To investigate these questions, I am utilizing high-resolution live-cell imaging to visualize and quantify hormone levels that contribute to cellular growth while employing genetic and modelling approaches to test hypotheses and understand their cell biological functions. The long-term goal is to uncover fundamental mechanisms that govern plant growth and architecture. These mechanisms are targets for research and development in diverse applications from increasing crop yields in changing environments to biomass production.

Key Publications

Rizza A, Walia A, Lanquar V, Frommer WB, Jones AM. In vivo gibberellin gradients visualized in rapidly elongating tissues. Nature Plants 2017. 

Walia A, Nakamura M, Moss D, Kirik V, Hashimoto, T and Ehrhardt DW (2014). GCP-WD mediates g-TuRC recruitment and the geometry of microtubule nucleation in the acentrosomal interphase arrays of Arabidopsis. Current Biology; 24: 2548-2555.

Walia A, Lee JS, Wasteneys GO and Ellis BE. (2009). Arabidopsis Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase MPK18 Mediates Cortical Microtubule Functions in Plant Cells. The Plant Journal; 59: 565-575.

Walia A, Guy RD and White JB. (2010). Carbon isotope discrimination in Tsuga heterophylla and its relationship to mineral nutrition and growth.  Tree Physiology; 30: 728-740.

Samuel MA, Walia A, Mansfield SD and Ellis BE. (2005). Overexpression of SIPK in tobacco enhances ozone-induced ethylene formation and blocks ozone-induced SA accumulation. Journal of Experimental Botany; 56(418): 2195-2201.