Project: Really going for growth: identifying targets of an ubiquitin signaling cascade and their role in determining organ and seed size
Supervisor: Professor Mike Bevan
Having chosen biology partly with the prospect of getting to work with fluffy animals in mind, my interest in molecular genetics and developmental biology developed over the course of my time at the University of Oxford, where I took a BA in Biological Sciences. In particular, I especially enjoyed courses on the developmental processes of plants. My final year project in plant genetics convinced me to continue my studies further, leading to a PhD at the John Innes Centre. The work of the Bevan Lab here at the JIC attracted me due to its combination of classical and molecular genetics in both plants and bacteria, giving me the opportunity to gain new skills in a wide range of experimental methods.
For my PhD I will be studying a mechanism by which an ubiquitin signalling pathway involving the E3 ligase EOD1 can affect the developmental switch controlling the change of mode of leaf growth in the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana from cell replication to cell expansion.
The training and development at the JIC made it an easy decision to apply here, as well as the added bonus of the DTP internship. There’s so much on in Norwich too – it’s a great city to live in!