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Cell function and responses to environment

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:

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


Title Description
Glover Group: How to spot a daisy (evolution and development of petal spots) GFC / OTHER
Glover Group: Development of the light-focusing prism cells of California poppy GFC / OTHER
Henderson Group: Unlocking recombination in plant genomes via epigenetic modification GFC / OTHER
Henderson Group: Understanding interactions between genetic diversity and recombination in plant genomes GFC / OTHER
Paszkowski Group: Root type contribution to phosphate nutrition of rice during asymbiosis and interaction with symbiotic fungi GFC / OTHER
Paszkowski Group: Cellular dynamics during invasion by beneficial and pathogenic fungi 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