Genetics, Genomics and Evolution Research

GGE_collage Our research focuses on understanding how organisms adapt and interact with their environment and with each other. Toward this goal, we utilize the latest technologies, including genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics, along with more traditional morphological, cytogenetic, and molecular approaches.

For more information about our research activity, select individual researchers' names below.

Our expertise

Functional and Developmental Genetics

Organisms can adapt to changes in the environment by altering their developmental programmes. Differences in gene function and expression provide the basis for adaptability, and understanding how these genes work may lead to improved characteristics, such as drought or stress resistance in plants.

Staff

Prof Rosie Bradshaw
Dr Paul Dijkwel
Dr Carla Eaton
Dr Jan Schmid
Prof Barry Scott
Dr Vaughan Symonds
Dr Dave Wheeler

 

Biodiversity and Evolution

Understanding the nature of biodiversity is essential for protecting and preserving our native flora and fauna. We use molecular, morphological and cytological approaches to answer questions relevant to conservation, speciation, phylogenetic systematics, and taxonomy.

Staff

Prof Murray Cox
Prof Pete Lockhart
Prof David Penny
Dr Vaughan Symonds
Dr Jennifer Tate
Dr David Wheeler

 

Plant-microbe Interactions

Microorganisms have both beneficial and detrimental associations with plants, and there is close communication and interaction between them. Studying the molecular basis of these interactions reveals how relationships evolve, what their functions are, and how they can affect plant health.

Staff

Prof Rosie Bradshaw
Prof Murray Cox
Dr Paul Dijkwel
Dr Carla Eaton
Prof Pete Lockhart
Prof David Penny
Dr Jan Schmid
Prof Barry Scott

 

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