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Sainsbury Laboratory

Read more at: Dr Maxime Josse

Dr Maxime Josse

Research interests

Read more at: Roberto Hofmann

Roberto Hofmann

Plant biotechnology and synthetic biology

Read more at: Dr Colleen Drapek

Dr Colleen Drapek

I am interested in understanding how plant cells and organs acquire identity and how plants adapt their development in response to other organisms. I carried out my PhD studies at Duke University (USA) studying cell differentiation of the root ground tissue under the supervision of Dr. Philip Benfey. Currently, I’m a post-doctoral scientist working with Drs. Oldroyd and Jones. I’m a former EMBO Long-Term Fellow and recipient of the Marie Sklodowska Curie individual fellowship. Currently, I’m a Junior Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College.

Read more at: Bijun Tang

Bijun Tang


Read more at: Dr Jim Rowe

Dr Jim Rowe

Environmental regulation of plant development


Research interests

My research interests lie in environmental regulation of plant development. I am fascinated by the diverse range morphological decisions that plants can make and the profound effects on survivability and yields that developmental plasticity brings. As phytohormones integrate environmental signals with development, in a cell and tissue specific manner, to coordinate these decisions, understanding their localisation and dynamics is essential to understanding development.


Read more at: Dr Ankit Walia

Dr Ankit Walia

Research Interests

Read more at: Dr Annalisa Rizza

Dr Annalisa Rizza

I studied Biology at the University of Rome, La Sapienza (Italy). During my undergraduate studies (BSc. and MSc), I worked on the seed germination regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana. My interest in plant physiology continued during my PhD (University of Freiburg, Germany), where I studied the regulation of Arabidopsis seedling development under different light conditions.

Read more at: Dr Alexander Jones

Dr Alexander Jones

I have long been fascinated by how plants change their physiology and development to suit dynamic environments without a centralised information processing system. In particular, I’ve spent my scientific career investigating how a suite of mobile small molecules, the phytohormones, serve as both signal-integrators and program activators in plants.

Read more at: Dr Jayne Griffiths

Dr Jayne Griffiths

Research Interests

The importance of the phytohormone gibberellin for plant growth and development is well recognised. Understanding where and how GA is distributed is the first step to understanding how GA signalling leads to such a diverse range of responses. I am fascinated by cellular GA dynamics in the dark grown hypocotyl and how these spatiotemporal patterns of GA arise.