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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group


Research overview

Thea's interests are in understanding how land plant development has evolved. Currently, she is investigating the origins of the MYB-bHLH-WDR (MBW) transcriptional complex and its roles in epidermal patterning and pigmentation in seed plants.


Thea joined the lab in 2019 as a doctoral student funded by NERC. Previously, she graduated with a BSc (Hons.) in Biological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh. While an undergraduate, she carried out a summer research project funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation in Prof. Liam Dolan's lab at the University of Oxford, looking into microtubule regulation of Marchantia polymorpha rhizoid growth. Her final year undergraduate research project was in Dr. Catherine Kidner’s group at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Here she identified a link between variation in genomic repeats and reproductive barriers between conspecific populations of the species-rich genus Begonia
Postgraduate Student
 Thea  Kongsted

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
Downing Street,
01223 333934; 330212