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Cell Organisation and Dynamics

Our group brings together researchers investigating various aspects of cell organisation and dynamics. A major focus is to understand the mechanisms underlying the biosynthesis, targeting and trafficking of proteins within the cell. We also investigate membrane and cytoskeletal dynamics, intracellular ion homeostasis and the cellular processes responsible for plant growth and development. A major goal is to decipher how defects in these processes leads to disease.

Research group



Dr Caroline Bowsher

Plants unlike animals have the ability to produce their own food via Photosynthesis. This process takes part in the green parts of a plant – manly in the leaves. Photosynthesis produces carbohydrates, such as starch, and other important food products such as amino acids, proteins and fats. The chemical reactions producing these compounds are catalysed by enzymes found in a part of the cell called the chloroplast.

Plants, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Sustainability, Teaching, Education


Dr Jon Pittman

Jon Pittman is a Lecturer in the Cellular Systems Section of the Faculty of Life Sciences. He is also the Programme Director for the Plant Science and Cell Biology BSc degrees.

Bioenergy, Energy, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Climate, Climate change, Water, Waste, Agriculture, Rural studies


Dr Patrick Gallois

There are many situations in a plant’s life when self-destruction of some cells is required. This may happen to create empty spaces inside tissues or when energy needs recycling for new growth or when a scorched earth policy is required to stop the progression of a pathogen. These situations occur during e.g. the germination of seeds, the differentiation of vascular elements, the reproduction and the senescence of plants and under pathogen attack. In all cases, a precise and spatially confined activation of cell death is required and can only been achieved by a complex genetic control.

Bioenergy, Energy, Renewable energy, Biotechnology, Sustainability, Environment, Plants, Food, Resilience, Agriculture, Teaching, Education