Professor Julian Hibberd Julian is Professor of Photosynthesis at the University of Cambridge. His work has focused on identifying the ancestral role of C4 proteins in C3 plants and alterations to the regulation of genes encoding these proteins. Currently, his laboratory works on both dicot and monocot lineages that contain C3 and C4 species, and combines the use of synthetic biology, high throughput sequencing analysis and bioinformatics. Experiments are informed by phylogenetic reconstructions, and the long term aim is to better understand evolution of the complex C4 phenotype.
Dr Andy Plackett Andy is a postdoc in the Hibberd lab, working as part of a project investigating how chloroplast development is differentially regulated between bundle sheath and mesophyll cells in the rice leaf. He did his PhD in Peter Hedden’s lab at Rothamsted Research studying the role of the plant hormone gibberellin in Arabidopsis floral development. He subsequently worked as a postdoc in Prof. Jane Langdale’s lab at the University of Oxford investigating the evolution of plant shoot developmental mechanisms.