Staff within the research theme

Dr Juliet Coates

Dr Juliet Coates

Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics

Dr Coates aims to understand plant development and evolution. Her team uses Arabidopsis, moss and seaweeds to address the fundamental question of how plants made the transition to land. Research highlights include uncovering molecular mechanisms enabling early-diverging land plants to disperse and colonise the earth, and identifying new genes allowing plants to regulate their root architecture

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45478
Email
j.c.coates@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Franklin

Professor Chris Franklin

Professor of Plant Molecular Biology

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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2500
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 is internationally recognized for her work on elucidating intracellular mechanisms regulating pollination, involving cell-cell signalling and programmed cell death in plants.  Together with Chris Franklin, she elucidated the self-incompatibility S -determinants involved in specifying “self” recognition and rejection in Papaver.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2500
Email
v.e.franklin-tong@bham.ac.uk

Dr Daniel Gibbs

Dr Daniel Gibbs

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Gibbs' group studies how plants use targeted protein degradation as a mechanism for sensing and transducing signals, with a particular focus on the N-end rule pathway of the ubiquitin proteasome system.  The group uses a range of genetic, cell biology and biochemical approaches to uncover new functions for this pathway in the control of growth, development and stress responsiveness.  ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 5309
Email
d.gibbs@bham.ac.uk

Dr Iain G. Johnston

Dr Iain G. Johnston

Birmingham Fellow

Dr Johnston’s research uses mathematical modelling, simulation, and statistics in conjunction with lab and field experiments to build quantitative and predictive descriptions of the biological world. He is particularly interested in systems where stochastic effects are important, including the physics and genetics of bioenergetic organelles, and evolutionary processes in plants and animals.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3702
Email
i.johnston.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Birmingham Fellow

Apoorva Bhatt - Research in 60 seconds videoDr Lindsey Leach is a quantitative geneticist and develops novel theory and experimental methods to dissect the genetic basis of complex quantitative traits in plant, animal or human populations. Her work contributes to food security by enabling complex traits to be mapped in polyploid crop species, which include autotetraploid potato, the world’s third most important food crop. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5883
Email
l.j.leach@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nigel Maxted

Dr Nigel Maxted

Senior Lecturer in Genetic Conservation

Nigel Maxted’s research interests are in food security and plant conservation, with specific emphasis on: conservation planning, climate change mitigation, population management, on-farm conservation, gene flow, genetic diversity studies and conservation policy formulation for various plant groups.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45571
Email
n.maxted@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jeremy Pritchard

Professor Jeremy Pritchard

Professor of Life Sciences Education
Director of Education, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Birmingham University Teaching Fellow (BUTF)

I am Professor of Life Sciences Education 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.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45570
Email
j.pritchard@bham.ac.uk