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Regulation of root growth under osmotic stress conditions: a systems study (Durham)

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Project Description

Increasing food security for a growing global population is a major challenge facing humanity. Modulation of root system architecture is a key feature of plant responses to drought, potentially leading to yield benefits. Understanding the mechanisms regulating root development under drought conditions is therefore an important question for plant biology and world agriculture. The current PhD project builds on our success in applying combined molecular and systems biology study and further explores the regulation of root development under osmotic stress conditions. The project will deliver rigorous training in multidisciplinary skills across a broad range of molecular and systems biology areas. The student will develop skills in both molecular biology and systems biology. The skills in molecular biology includes RNA extraction and cDNA synthesis; quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR); compound light microscopy; confocal laser scanning microscopy; living imaging system; image analysis. The skills in systems biology including computer software, computer programming, network construction and spatiotemporal modelling.

For further information see the website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/biosciences/

To apply:
Please submit a full CV and covering letter directly to [email protected]

Funding Notes

This is a 4 year BBSRC studentship under the Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham DTP. The successful applicant will receive research costs, tuition fees and stipend (£14,057 for 2015-16). The PhD will start in September 2016. Applicants should have, or be expecting to receive, a 2.1 Hons degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. EU candidates must have been resident in the UK for 3 years in order to receive full support. There are 2 stages to the application process.


Moore S, Zhang X, Mudge A, Rowe JH, Topping JF, Liu JL & Lindsey K (2015). Spatiotemporal modelling of hormonal crosstalk explains the level and patterning of hormones and gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana wild‐type and mutant roots. New Phytologist 207: 1110-1122.

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