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Professor Claire Grierson

Professor Claire Grierson

Professor Claire Grierson
B.Sc.(Warw.), Ph.D.(Cambridge)

Head of School

Area of research

Root-Soil Cohesion / Plant and Microbial Cell Biology

Office Life Sciences: 306
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 39 41185

Research summary

I have spent many years researching development and differentiation - how molecules and cells become organised, especially during root development in Arabidopsis seedlings. Topics have included the role of auxin in plant cell growth, and the subcellular networks that drive tip growth in root hair cells. For more on these topics please visit our wiki. We are now applying our knowledge of plant roots to discover how roots prevent soil erosion, bearing in mind that human activity has already eroded a quarter of the vegetated land on Earth. We are also discovering how patterns of molecules and cells might be controlled ...

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My first degree at the University of Warwick included a year in a bioscience research group at ICI, Runcorn. During my PhD with Professor Mike Bevan at Cambridge University and the John Innes Centre I studied mechanisms controlling potato tuber development, and identified transcription factors controlling the expression of storage protein genes. Since then I have worked on root development in Arabidopsis, firstly as a post-doctoral researcher with Dr Liam Dolan and Professor Keith Roberts at the John Innes Centre and later as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow at IACR-Long Ashton. I became a lecturer at Bristol in ...

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