Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:15am
Biography: Siobhan obtained her undergraduate honours degree in Plant Biology from the University of Guelph (Canada) in June 2003. Her undergraduate work with Dr. Annette Nassuth involved cold tolerance and virus detection in cultivated grape (Vitis vinifera). Her honours research thesis was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Robert Mullen and Dr. J. Derek Bewley, and concerned the sub-cellular localization of a specific enzyme required for tomato seed germination.
In December, 2008, Siobhan obtained her doctorate in Plant Biology at the University of California at Davis (USA), under the mentorship of Dr. John Harada. Her thesis involved the identification of the transcriptional network controlled by the important embryo specific transcription factor, LEAFY COTYLEDON2.
Siobhan’s post-doctoral tenure was in the lab of Dr. Cris Kuhlemeier, at the University of Bern (Switzerland). She was supported as a US National Science Foundation International Research fellow (Jan 2010- Dec 2011, OISE 0853105). She developed projects concerning (1) patterning in sunflower, (2) the mechanics of simple cell growth, and (3) the identification of mechano-molecular mechanisms involved in shape growth in plants.
In January 2013, Siobhan started as a Career Development Fellow at the Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge University. She has since started The Plant Mechanics Group here which studies plant growth mechanics - see more here.
In April 2013, Siobhan was elected a Trapnell Fellow in the Natural Sciences at King's College Cambridge. More information on King's College is available here.