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Dr Rituparna Goswami

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Chris Micklem

Key Publications

Chris N. Micklem and James C. W. Locke. 2021. "Cut the noise or couple up: Coordinating circadian and synthetic clocks." iScience 24 (9): 103051.

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Sasha Eremina

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Chao Ye

Research interests

I am fascinated by how microorganisms can use their seemly simple and limited gene sets to thrive in almost every corner of the planet Earth, no matter how harsh or fluctuating the environment is.



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Torkel Loman

Research Interests

My research interests lie on the interface between mathematics and biology, and in particular the application of modern computational modelling to biological topics. I am currently designing and analysing mathematical models of the various stress response pathways in Bacillus subtilis for my PhD in James Locke’s research group at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU).

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Latest news

Mechanical buckling of petals produces iridescent patterns visible to bees

14 September 2021

Flowers are employing a materials science phenomenon typically associated with failures in structural engineering to produce exquisite three-dimensional petal patterns to lure pollinators.

Renske Vroomans to lead plant evo-devo research at SLCU

10 September 2021

Dr Renske Vroomans has been appointed to the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) to lead research into the evolutionary dynamics of developmental processes in plants.

Blushing plants reveal when fungi are growing in their roots

23 July 2021

Scientists have created plants whose cells and tissues ‘blush’ with beetroot pigments when they are colonised by fungi that help them take up nutrients from the soil.