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Zoe Nahas

During my undergraduate, I worked in Liam Dolan’s lab on the role of miRNAs in the development of the model liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. My research project was two-fold: (i) the general and sex-specific importance of miRNAs in the vegetative to reproductive phase transitions, and (ii) the role of the RSL Class 1 transcription factor and its microRNA FRH1 in regulating the formation of vegetative structures.

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Anthony Bridgen

I am a PhD student working in Ottoline Leyser’s research group, focussing on the mechanistic basis for shoot branching plasticity. I am also chair of the Cambridge Food Security Forum.

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Dr Hugo Tavares

I am a bioinformatics analyst in the Leyser Group. My main areas of research have been in quantitative and evolutionary genetics/genomics, and I have a broad interest in data analysis and visualisation, statistics and programming in R. I am also very enthusiastic about supporting other researchers and colleagues to develop quantitative analytical skills.

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Dr Urszula Baster

I joined the Leyser group at SLCU in January 2015. Before that, I was doing my PhD in the Friml group, in the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology (PSB), UGent Belgium. My work was focused on finding new players involved in polar auxin transport in Arabidopsis thaliana using a chemical genomics approach.

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Dr Martin van Rongen

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Dr Sally Ward

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