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Department of Plant Sciences

 

Biography

Kristina joined the lab in 2020 as a German Academic Scholarship Foundation PhD Fellow.

She completed her undergraduate studies at Imperial College London (BSc Biology) where she worked on developmental genetics in C. elegans, in particular TGF-β signaling. She did her MSc at HHU Düsseldorf investigating visual perception in bees, drawing on sensory ecology/pollination biology/behavioural biology/psychophysics and botany.

Kristina has held academic positions at different universities to date: Imperial College London (tutor), University of Otago (assistant research fellow), Institute for Art and Art Theory at the University of Cologne (research associate), Goethe University Frankfurt/Main (assistant professor), HGK Basel (visiting lecturer) and most recently at Queens’ College Cambridge (supervisor). 

Kristina also holds an MA from the Royal College of Art (London) and her activity in that register can be found here: http://kristinabuch.net/

Research

Kristina’s PhD project focuses on how bees perceive shapes and colours and how petal-epidermal cell shapes have evolved and how they develop. Of particular interest is the question how bees perceive symmetry in flowers and how macro- as well as micro-symmetical structures in flowers impact pollinator sensory ecology. While Bombus terrestris serves as a model organism to establish how interrelated flower cues impact the visiting bumblebees, Eschscholzia is used to analyse micro-symmetical structures on the petal epidermis from an evolutionary and developmental point of view.

Postgraduate Student
Ms Kristina  Buch

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
Cambridge,
CB2 3EA
01223 333934