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Professor Claire Grierson


We know that life is the product of complicated physical and chemical interactions between molecules, but how do these produce growth, and how is this growth controlled so that it happens at precisely the right times and in the right places? We are working to answer these questions using plants and microbes because it is easier, technically and ethically, to do powerful, informative experiments with these organisms than with animals. We often identify new molecules that are important for growth in many organisms. We are also finding out how interactions between molecules control growth. Our results are potentially relevant to a wide range of applications from agriculture to human health and we are exploring potential agricultural applications.

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Key words

  • development
  • differentiation
  • root hair development
  • cell growth
  • plants
  • interdisciplinary research