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Department of Plant Sciences

 

Research group

 

Research overview

Hamish is interested in pollination and plant-pollinator interactions, and is investigating these using the garden strawberry as a model system. His PhD involves characterising the floral variation between cultivars of strawberry and testing bumblebee responses to extremes of that variation to determine their preferences and inform future plant breeding strategies. 
 
He is also investigating the molecular basis of flower colour in strawberry and Arabidopsis, and comparing the latter to a species of Aethionema, a genus in the Brassicaceae with cultivars having flowers ranging from light to deep pink.
 
In 2019 he and fellow PhD student Jake Moscrop were awarded funding by EIT Food to develop a Improving Flowers to Help Feed the World, a video about his research, which is available on the University of Cambridge's YouTube channel.
 
He is due to submit his PhD thesis in May 2022. In October 2022 he will start a three-year Junior Research Fellowship at Queens' College, Cambridge, remaining in Prof. Glover's lab.
 

Biography

Hamish is studying for a PhD on the BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme (DTP). After an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Cambridge, graduating in 2002, Hamish worked variously for the University and University Press in various aspects of IT and graphic design. In 2008 he founded a software company designing business systems for photographers. Upon selling his share in the company in 2016, he returned to science on the BBSRC DTP scheme, starting his PhD in October 2017. He is always willing to talk about life as a mature PhD student (and managing a PhD and a toddler!) with anyone interested in applying.
 

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Mr Hamish  Symington

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
Downing Street,
Cambridge,
CB2 3EA
01223 330216