A 4-year PhD position is available in the Sablowski lab, open to UK and EU students.
How genes shape plants and animals is one of the most important current questions in Biology. In plants, the growth of organs such as leaves and flowers depends to a large extent on the mechanical properties of tissues, but how genes control tissue mechanics remains mostly a mistery. ??In this project, the student will study recently discovered links between a gene called JAGGED, which shapes organs of the model plant Arabidopsis, and genes that are known to modify the properties of cell walls, which play a key role in tissue mechanics. To investigate these genes, the student will be trained in cutting edge plant developmental genetics, advanced imaging and computer-based image analysis. ??Apart from giving fundamental insight into how genes control plant growth, in the long term the work will help breeders to modify the shape and size of plants for practical use.
Candidates please contact Robert Sablowski (Robert.sablowski from jic.ac.uk) and apply through to http://students.jic.ac.uk/category/cell-developmental-biology/