Developmental regulation and translational research
Our group uses a combination of genetics, molecular, and cellular biology to investigate seed development. Specifically, we are interested in knowing how cell types are specified during the early stages of embryogenesis and in identifying the genetic pathways regulating cellular differentiation in the protective layers surrounding the developing embryo - the seed coat. We are interested in improving genetic transformation technology for the rapid characterisation of agronomically important genes in crop plants. This technology will then be applied to the modification of seed size and fatty acid content in crop plants such as the superfood chia.
- Using suppressor mutants to investigate gene regulation in seeds
- Understanding the role of regulatory complexes in root development
- Investigating the role of microRNAs in the ancient land plant Marchantia (with Dr Edwin Lampugnani)
- Genetic approaches for rapid trait improvement in oil crops
- Origins of grain dispersal genes in barley (with Dr Mohammad Pourkheirandish - Department of Agriculture and Food, FVAS)