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Department of Plant Sciences


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Research overview

My group investigates the roles of transport proteins in adaptation, nutrition and growth. We are particularly interested in roots and how they sense, then respond to changes in environmental conditions. For this, we concentrate on the plasma membrane and study the calcium channel proteins that can generate specific calcium signals governing adaptation and growth regulation. We have identified extracellular nucleotides as novel plant cell regulators and are now exploring how they are perceived at the plasma membrane and how this relates to growth and stress responses.

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Natural Sciences Tripos: 1A Biology of Cells, 1A Physiology of Organisms, 1B Plant and Microbial Sciences and Part II Plant Sciences

Previous positions

1997-present Head of Group, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
1994-1996 Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of York
1992-1994 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of York
1991-1992 Postdoctoral Researcher, McGill University
1988-1991 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of York


1985-1988 PhD in membrane biology, University of Liverpool and Marine Biological Association
1982-1985 BSc Botany, University of Wales


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Awards and fellowships

  • Darwin College Fellow, University of Cambridge, 2016-present
  • Certificate of Recognition for Student Support, Cambridge University Students Union, 2017
  • Pilkington Prize for Teaching, University of Cambridge, 2009
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship, 1994
  • Society for Experimental Biology President’s Medal, 1996
Head of Transport Group
Professor of Stress Signalling
Director of Post Graduate Education
Prof. Julia  Davies

Contact Details

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Department of Plant Sciences,
Downing Street,
01223 333900