How cells respond to their environment is key to organism development and physiology. The cells in any organism must perceive signals from other cells and the wider environment to dynamically determine how they should function. Receptors on the cell surface, such as the receptor-like kinases, therefore detect diverse signals to monitor the environment surrounding the cell. We are interested in the functions of a subset of the receptor-like kinases, and how these receptors contribute to plant development and environmental responses.
The PhD student willl use molecular genetics to dissect the roles of a specific receptor-like kinase family in plant development (e.g. fertilisation and vegetative growth) and stress responses (e.g. salt stress). The student will gain expertise in a range of biological skills including molecular biology, genetics, microscopy and phenotyping.
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