Professor of Plant Molecular Biology;
Head of Research School of Biosciences
Chris Franklin is a leading expert on meiosis in plants. Work in his laboratory has made a major contribution to the understanding of how meiotic recombination is controlled in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. This knowledge is currently being transferred to crop species where the ability to modify genetic recombination will help plant breeders develop the new varieties that will be needed ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45910
Professor of Plant Cell Biology
Noni Franklin-Tong’s research focuses on the cellular mechanisms involved in the model cell-cell recognition system of self-incompatibility (SI) in Papaver rhoeas(the Field Poppy). She is recognized at an international level for her work in the field of plant cell biology. Specifically she has made major contributions to the field of self-incompatibility, a field that has high ...
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My interests are focused on genome evolution and meiosis in both model plants and crops. In 1995 I setup a molecular cytogenetics laboratory with my colleague Paul Fransz (now at University of Amsterdam) and with advice from our colleague Gareth Jones. In the last 15 years we have trained many European colleagues and last year we were awarded a European collaborative project to investigate ...
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Director of the University Graduate School,
Deputy Head of School of Biosciences
As Director of the University Graduate School my aim is to ensure that Doctoral Researchers throughout the University are provided with the opportunity, training and facilities to undertake internationally valued research that will lead into excellent careers in the UK and overseas. I draw from my experience of having successfully supervised over 40 doctoral researchers from the UK and many other ...
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Head of Education, School of Biosciences
Birmingham University Teaching Fellow (BUTF)
I am a senior lecturer in Biology at the University of Birmingham. My research career started with roots in Wales and currently focuses on aphids in Birmingham with stops in the USA, New Zealand and Europe in between. My teaching spans field ecology through to plant functional genomics.
As a card-carrying Darwinist I am involved in teaching evolution at ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45570
George Bassel was appointed as a Birmingham Fellow in 2012. His group focuses on understanding how genes change the shape of plant cells. Using seed germination as a model system, Dr. Bassel is uncovering gene regulatory networks that control cell shape changes, and how these networks are influenced be the environment.
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 42502
Professor of Statistical Genetics and International Student Tutor
Professor Zewei Luo is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of Statistical Genetics. Research of his team has been focused on genetics of quantitative traits through theoretical and empirical approaches.
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45404 (Office)/+44 (0)121 414 5460 (Lab)
Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics
My research interest is in understanding development and evolution, particularly in plants. I run a small research group who work primarily with moss and Arabidopsis; we also grow liverworts, spikemoss, grasses and green seaweeds. We use molecular genetics, cell biology and ‘omics approaches to understand gene and protein function in these systems.
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45478
Emeritus Professor of Botany
Professor Callow is a leading international authority on the study of marine algae, with a focus on bioadhesion (how algal cells interact with and adhere to surfaces). In recent years the emphasis has been on interdisciplinary, collaborative investigations into the interactions between algal cells and micro/nanostructured materials, including those with 'biomimetic' implications, an area ...
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Senior Research Fellow
Maureen Callow is a leading expert in the area of biofouling (deterioration of artificial surfaces through the attachment of organisms), in particular fouling of ships’ hulls by algae. In recent years, research has focussed on understanding the processes of settlement and adhesion of algal cells to environmentally benign antifouling coatings, through collaborations with chemists and surface ...
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45579
Senior Lecturer in Genetic Conservation
Nigel Maxted is a Senior Lecturer in Plant Genetic Conservation, with specific expertise in in situ and ex situ conservation techniques.
Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45571
Dr Leach joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow in 2012 and is based in the Plant Genetics and Cell Biology group in the School of Biosciences. Her work involves using statistical genetics and bioinformatic approaches to dissecting the genetic architecture of quantitative trait variation.
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5883