PhD studentship

Astrid Wingler a.wingler at ucl.ac.uk
Mon Mar 5 03:14:17 EST 2001


>From September 2001 a NERC-funded PhD Studentship will be available in the
lab of Dr Astrid Wingler (Department of Biology, University College London)
to study

'THE ROLE OF POLYAMINES IN THE PROTECTION OF PLANTS AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL
STRESS'.

Applicants should have experience in molecular biology and/or plant
physiology. Entry requirement is a First or Upper Second Class honours
degree. Please note that only UK citizens are eligible for full funding.

Polyamines have been proposed to be involved in the response of plants to a
wide range of environmental stress conditions and in the regulation of leaf
senescence. To analyse the molecular pathways of polyamine signalling in
plants, a simple mutant screen will be carried out to isolate T-DNA-tagged
Arabidopsis mutants with increased resistance against polyamines. These
polyamine-resistant mutants will be used to identify genes that are
involved in polyamine signalling and to study the role of polyamine
signalling under environmental stress conditions, such as drought stress or
high salinity. In addition to the polyamine-resistant mutants, it is
planned to use an already existing Arabidopsis mutant with increased
polyamine synthesis (mto-1 mutant).
The methods used in the project will include genetic (e.g. mutant
isolation), molecular genetic (e.g. analysis of gene expression) and
physiological techniques (e.g. analysis of photosynthetic function).


To apply please send your CV and the names of two referees to:

Dr Astrid Wingler
Department of Biology
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
Email: a.wingler at ucl.ac.uk
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucbtawi/awingler.html
Tel: +44-20-7679-7268
Fax: +44-20-7679-7096


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