13 February 2012

PhD opportunity plant genetics - University of Sydney

PhD Research Opportunity at the University of Sydney, Australia


The life cycle of a plant begins with a single cell zygote. The zygote undergoes cell divisions to produce an embryo with two opposing poles. Cells at the basal pole make up the embryonic root and these cells will give rise to the entire root system.  Cells at the apical pole of the embryo make up a population of stem cells that are the precursors for the shoot. After germination these cells will continue to divide and differentiate to form all the organs of a plant shoot such as leaves, branches and flowers. We are using the model plant Arabidopsis to study genes and genetic networks that control of cell differentiation and development in the plant shoot and we study transcription factor genes, gene silencing and translation.

Research projects on plant developmental genetics are available in the laboratory. Projects will introduce the student to concepts of developmental biology and genetics and will enable the student to learn a broad range of techniques in molecular biology and plant development, and to gain experience in experimental design. The student will also will learn how to prepare data for written and oral presentation to promote communication of their research.


B.Sc. in biology, biochemistry or genetics. Working knowledge of English and familiarity with basic molecular biology techniques is desirable but not exclusive.

Contact Details 

Dr. Mary Byrne

e-mail: mary.byrne@sydney.edu.au

Web: http://sydney.edu.au/science/biology/about_us/academic_staff/byrne_mary/

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