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Photoreceptor regulation of plant development


Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Dr S Casson Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Plant growth and development is highly dependent on the light environment. Light provides energy to drive photosynthesis but light quality and quantity is also perceived by photoreceptors, which signal to regulate responses enabling plants to adapt to their environment. These light signalling pathways have been shown to interact with other signalling pathways that regulate plant responses to both biotic and abiotic stresses, such as pathogen attack and drought. Manipulating photoreceptor signalling therefore has the potential to improve plant resistance to both biotic and abiotic stress.

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 – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. 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 technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.

Funding Notes

Entry requirements
First class or upper second 2(i) in a relevant subject. To formally apply for a PhD position, you must complete the University's application form using the following link: View Website

*All applicants should ensure that both references are uploaded onto their application as a decision will be unable to be made without this information*.


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