About the Project
Despite the central importance of gravitropic response, the underlying biophysical and molecular mechanisms of gravitropism are still relatively poorly understood. Recent discoveries in the Kepinski and Cohen groups at the University of Leeds have provided a new way to approach this fascinating question. Using new mutants, proteomics, and state-of-the-art imaging techniques, including vertical-stage confocal microscopy and machine learning-based imaging analysis, this project will allow you to explore the biophysical and molecular basis of the perception of gravity and the ensuing gravitropic response. The project will involve collaboration with physicists and mathematical modellers and is therefore an exciting opportunity to make important discoveries in plant biology while at the same time receiving a training that is truly interdisciplinary.
4 year fully-funded programme of integrated research and skills training, starting Oct 2020:
• Research Council Stipend
• UK/EU Tuition Fees
• Conference and research funding
At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. We welcome students with backgrounds in biological, chemical or physical sciences, or mathematical backgrounds with an interest in biological questions.
EU candidates require 3 years of UK residency to receive full studentship
The DTP will appoint a number of candidates via a competitive process.
Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Stefan Kepinski ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss the project.
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