Staff within the research theme

Dr Sue Armstrong

Dr Sue Armstrong

Senior Lecturer

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 46485

Email s.j.armstrong@bham.ac.uk

Dr George W. Bassel

Dr George W. Bassel

Birmingham Fellow

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoGeorge 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

Email g.w.bassel@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jim Callow

Professor Jim Callow

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45559

Email j.a.callow@bham.ac.uk

Dr Maureen Callow

Dr Maureen Callow

Honorary 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

Email m.e.callow@bham.ac.uk

Dr Juliet Coates

Dr Juliet Coates

Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow 2013-14

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, green seaweeds and microalgae. We use molecular genetics, cell biology, developmental biology and ‘omics approaches to understand gene and protein function in these ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45478

Email j.c.coates@bham.ac.uk

Professor Brian Ford-Lloyd

Professor Brian Ford-Lloyd

Emeritus Professor

His chosen research area includes the study of the natural genetic variation in plant populations and agricultural plant genetic resources and their conservation.

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 45565

Email b.ford-lloyd@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Franklin

Professor Chris Franklin

Professor of Plant Molecular Biology
Deputy Head of 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

Email f.c.h.franklin@bham.ac.uk

Professor Noni Franklin-Tong

Professor Noni Franklin-Tong

Emeritus Professor of Plant Cell Biology
Research Fellow

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 41 43702

Email v.e.franklin-tong@bham.ac.uk

Dr Daniel Gibbs

Dr Daniel Gibbs

Birmingham Fellow

Daniel joined the University of Birmingham in 2013 as a Birmingham Fellow. His research centres on investigating how plants sense and respond to their environment, with a particular focus on the role that targeted protein degradation plays during plant growth, development and stress response.

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 5309

Email d.gibbs@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Birmingham Fellow

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoDr 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

Email l.j.leach@bham.ac.uk

Professor Zewei Luo

Professor Zewei Luo

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)

Email z.luo@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nigel Maxted

Dr Nigel Maxted

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

Email n.maxted@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jeremy Pritchard

Dr Jeremy Pritchard

Senior Lecturer
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

Email j.pritchard@bham.ac.uk