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Temperature and UV-B signal crosstalk in plant development

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School of Biological Sciences
Dr K Franklin
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Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Enhanced four year postgraduate studentships starting in October 2014, will once again be awarded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Each of the supervisors will select a candidate who will then compete at interview for one of up to three Sainsbury PhD Studentships. Interviews will be held in London on Friday, 21 March 2014. It would be expected that the studentship holder spend six months during their 3rd or 4th year at another university/institute to gain additional experience. Please note that students cannot apply to their home institution.

Interested applicants should write, attaching a CV, before 27 January 2014, to the project supervisor.

Understanding how temperature and UV-B affect plant development is of fundamental importance to agriculture, particularly with regard to global climate change. This project will capitalize on the recent identification of the UV-B photoreceptor, UVR8, to study the effects of temperature on UV-B signalling in the model, Arabidopsis thaliana. The work will be carried out in collaboration with Professor Gareth Jenkins at the University of Glasgow. The aims and objectives of the project will be determined through discussions with the successful applicant but will involve plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Please note, this is a highly prestigious studentship with an enhanced stipend and comprehensive training package. Only exceptional candidates will be considered.

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Funding Notes:

This is a Sainsbury PhD studentship, funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation
( . The award will be made on a competitive basis, following interview.

Applicants from the University of Bristol are not eligible to apply.


Rizzini, L. et al. (2011) Perception of UV-B by the arabidopsis UVR8 protein. Science, 332,103-106.

Christie, J.M. et al. (2012) Plant UVR8 photoreceptor senses UV-B by tryptophan-mediated disruption of cross-dimer salt bridges. Science 335,1492-1496

Franklin, KA, Lee SH, Patel, DV, Kumar SV, Spartz AK, Gu C, Ye S, Yu P, Breen, GJL, Cohen JD, Wigge PA and Gray WM (2011) PHYTOCHROME INTERACTING FACTOR 4 regulates auxin biosynthesis at high temperature’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 108, 20231-20235

Franklin KA (2009) Light and temperature signal crosstalk in plant development. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 12, 63-68

How good is research at University of Bristol in Biological Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 64.60

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