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Moonlight activities for cyclin genes in plants (MOUBAYIDINJ18RS)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The control of cell division in plant development is crucial to achieve coherent organ patterning, and bilateral and radial symmetry. However, despite its importance to plant growth, little is known about 1) how the cell-cycle controls symmetry establishment and 2) what “moonlight” roles cell-cycle regulators, such as cyclin genes, have outside of canonical cell-cycle regulation.

You will investigate the molecular and genetic basis for non-canonical cyclin activities in the angiosperm plant model Arabidopsis thaliana to unlock unprecedented mechanism(s) for cell-cycle regulators, as well as their evolutionary origins using the bryophyte Marchantia polymorpha.

The research programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills and expertise to work at the cutting edge of biological science. Examples include several microscopy techniques (optical, confocal and electron microscopes) as well as proteomics, genetics, and molecular experiments, all of which will greatly enhance your research portfolio. You will be based in the Department of Crop Genetics under Dr Moubayidin’s direct supervision in a highly stimulating environment. Moreover, you will be inducted into the existing JIC post-graduate training and mentoring programme, where you will receive a range of scientific training suited to the programme of work. Also, you will benefit from attending relevant national and international conferences and outreach events to communicate your results and networking within the wider academic community.

For further information and to apply, please visit the ’How to Apply’ page on our website:

Funding Notes

This project is awarded with 4 years of funding (3 year Royal Society PhD studentship/1 year John Innes Centre PhD studentship). Tuition fees are covered at UK/EU rate only (£4,327.00 2019/0 rate). Students liable for international tuition fees will need to fund the difference between the UK/EU fee level and the international fee level (£18,700.00 2019/0 rate). A stipend will be provided for each year of the studentship (2019/0 rate is £15,009.00). Research training support funding is available.

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