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PhD in plant genetics and molecular biology

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

My group is interested in understanding aspects of basic plant biology, primarily through the application of molecular biology and genetics.

Plants are developmentally labile. Unlike animals, their shape changes according to the environment. If a main shoot gets eaten or broken, side shoots will emerge to replace it. The cells in the plant therefore have to respond signals from other plant cells and the environment to determine how they function. Receptors on the cell surface detect many diverse signals to monitor the environment surrounding the cell. One major family of receptors is the receptor-like kinases. 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.

PhD projects are available to dissect the role of receptor-like kinases and related signalling pathway components, particularly in plant development (e.g. fertilisation and vegetative growth).

Science Graduate School
As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience the breadth of technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.



Funding Notes

Applicants will need to obtain funding to cover tuition fees and living expenses. The applicant should have, or expect to gain at least an upper second class degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant subject

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.90

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