PhD Fellowship in New Zealand

Jo Putterill J.Putterill at
Sun Jan 21 22:25:02 EST 2001

PhD Fellowship in Arabidopsis flowering time at the University of
Auckland. Students from Germany, France, Australia or New Zealand are
eligible for the studentship.
    The behaviour and reproduction of many organisms is synchronised to
favourable seasons of the year. For example, in Arabidopsis the
lengthening days of spring and summer promote flowering. However,
relatively little is known about how organisms achieve this important
seasonal synchrony. The Arabidopsis GIGANTEA (GI) gene is known to be
involved in promoting flowering in response to increasing day length.
Recently we isolated the GI gene by T-DNA tagging (Fowler et al. 1999,
EMBO J. 18: 4679-4688). GI expression is regulated by the circadian clock
and encodes a large, novel, plant-specific protein. The overall objective
of the research is to analyse the biochemical function of GI using a range
of molecular genetic and biochemical approaches. These would include
identifying GI protein interactors and downstream targets (using
microarrays and proteomics) and isolating genetic suppressors of the gi
    The Marsden funded PhD Fellowship is available immediately for three
years at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland.
University fees are paid by the Marsden grant and the student stipend is $
NZ 15,000 pa.
    Please send a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of
three referees to Dr Jo Putterill either by e-mail to
J.Putterill at or by hard copy to School of Biological
Sciences, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New
Zealand. Phone (64 9) 3737599 ext. 7233; Fax (64 9) 373 7416. More
information on the Putterill research group is available at


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