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Cell function and responses to environment

Headline research projects for this theme:

Two new 'dynamic, plastic' pathways associated with the circadian clock of plants include calcium oscillations and the molecular basis by which sugars regulate the period of the circadian oscillator. Lead: Alex Webb

Partitioning hydraulic limitation between xylem and mesophyll cells as a function of leaf traits, photosynthetic pathway and stomatal sensitivity defines habitat preference in epiphytes. Lead: Howard Griffiths

A change in conformation of xylan in the cell wall supports a new paradigm in cell wall assembly, facilitating strategies for processing of lignocellulose into fuels and renewable materials. Lead: Paul Dupree

Contributing research groups in the Department: 

Contributing research groups from associated institutions:

Some projects will be specifically targeted towards defined UKRI Research Council DTP schemes, as well as being open for applicants applying to the University's Graduate Funding Competition or other sources of funding.

Potential applicants should always approach the potential Supervisor/Group Leader in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

Key to funding opportunities below:

  • GFC = Graduate Funding Competition,
  • NERC = Cambridge NERC C-CLEAR DTP,
  • OTHER = Other sources of funding


Title Description
Davies Group: Environmental sensing in a marine diatom GFC / OTHER
Kromdijk Group: What can we learn from solar induced fluorescence signals to better constrain gross primary productivity? NERC / GFC / Other
Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Robinson Group: Using biomechanics to uncouple the processes of plant growth GFC / OTHER
Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Schornack Group: The role of GRAS transcription factors in plant microbe interactions and development of the non-vascular plant Marchantia polymorpha (Full PhD project) GFC / OTHER
Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Schornack Group: Contrasting functionality of a glycerol phosphate acyl transferase in roots and shoots (Rotation project) GFC / OTHER
Webb Group: Dynamic plasticity of the circadian clock GFC / OTHER
Webb Group: Entrainment of the Circadian Oscillator by Sugars by bZIP transcription Factors GFC / OTHER
Webb Group: The circadian clock as a regulator of yield traits in wheat GFC / OTHER
Webb Group: Mathematical Modelling of the Regulation of Circadian Period GFC / OTHER

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