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Webb Group: The role of TOR kinase in regulating the circadian oscillator and metabolism


Supervisor: Alex Webb (Plant Sciences)

Professor Webb is happy to discuss projects in detail with potential applicants.


We have identified that the TOR, which is a molecular sensor of sugar status, can regulate the circadian oscillator and this regulation occurs through PRR7 to regulate growth and starch metabolism. We wish now to understand the molecular mechanisms by which TOR activity regulates the circadian clock, how sugar status is sensed and how this regulates the timing of starch metabolism and growth. This study will involve protein phosphorylation, protein-protein interaction, measurements of metabolites and growth studies. This work will be performed in collaboration with Dr Camila Caldana (MPI for Plant Physiology Berlin).




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