University of Dundee

Plant Sciences

Short Code: 
PS

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.


BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: Molecular characterisation of plant disease resistance genes through novel Next-Generation Sequencing applications

This PhD project will provide comprehensive training for the successful candidate in potato genetics (diploid and tetraploid) as well as plant-pathogen genomics/co-evolution. The student will generate and analyse state-of-the-art Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data for the genetic mapping and the cloning of resistances effective against the late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans in established segregating populations.

BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: Tuning the signal – manipulating plant Receptor-like kinases for agronomic gain

Receptor-like kinases are the principal means by which plants perceive their physical extracellular environment. As a result Receptor-like kinases regulate many aspects of development, pathogen perception, interaction with nodulating bacteria and cell wall remodelling and as a result are of particular interest for improving plant responses to environmental perturbations such as climate change and emerging pathogens or improving food yield.

BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: Greasing plant signal transduction – how does reversible S-acylation regulate plant responses to pathogens?

Plants perceive extracellular physical stimuli, such pathogens, symbionts, hormones or cell wall stress, through Receptor-like kinases. Activation of Receptor-like kinases leads to intracellular signalling through multiple routes from the plasma membrane, cytoplasm and nucleus [1]. S-acylation is a lipid based post-translational modification known to regulate many aspects of protein function including affinity for membranes and membrane microdomains.

BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: Novel computational method development for shotgun proteomics

Mass spectrometry (MS) based proteomics is the method of choice for characterizing proteins to understand biological functions and processes, elucidate signalling networks, discover disease biomarkers for human and identify key genes underlying important traits in plants. Computational methods for proteomics play an essential role in interpreting MS data and generating biological insights, but their potentials remains to be fully exploited. Particularly in a plant proteomics experiments, fewer than 20% of the high-quality MS/MS spectra acquired can be meaningfully interpreted.

BBSRC EASTBIO PhD Programme: Understanding gene networks influencing straw digestibility for industrial biotechnology

Huge potential exists for using waste plant biomass (straw, grain husks etc) as a renewable and sustainable feedstock for making fuels and chemicals or as animal feed. Using plant biomass for industrial biotechnology in a bio-based economy will displace the use of oil and fossil fuels, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions and mitigating climate change. Plant biomass is largely composed of plant cell walls which are naturally recalcitrant to being broken down into components that can be fermented into useful products or used in industrial processes.

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