University of Oxford

janeProfessor Jane Langdale Jane is Professor of Plant Development at the University of Oxford, and is the current coordinator of the C4 Rice Project. Her research focuses on how developmental mechanisms changed during the evolution of land plants. In the context of C4 rice, this relates to understanding how Kranz anatomy develops in C4 plants and then using the knowledge gained to engineer leaf anatomy and chloroplast differentiation in rice. She is an elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and Fellow of The Royal Society.

SteveDr Steve Kelly Steve is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His group uses bioinformatic, computational and experimental approaches to understand the genetic regulation of photosynthesis in both C3 and C4 plants, with a particular focus on grass species. He is particularly interested in understanding how the regulation of photosynthesis has changed during plant evolution, and aims to use this knowledge to engineer photosynthesis in crop plants. His group provides bioinformatics and computational support for all members of the C4 Rice Project.

DanaDr Daniela Vlad Dana is a postdoc in the Langdale Lab. She obtained a PhD in Plant Biology from the Paris-XI University, France and a Masters in Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology from MAICh (Crete), Greece. Her interests lie in understanding the genetic basis of developmental mechanisms in plants. Since joining the C4 Rice Project she has become our Golden Gate cloning guru – changing the way, and the speed with which, we generate constructs for rice transformation. Her research is focused on testing our current hypothesis of how Kranz anatomy develops in the leaves of C4 plants.


Dr Basel Abu-Jamous Basel is a postdoc of bioinformatics in Steve Kelly’s group. He obtained his PhD in bioinformatics from Brunel University London. He is particularly interested in the analysis of collections of transcriptomic datasets, which he has already applied to areas related to bacteria, yeast, human breast cancer, and human blood. Since joining the C4 Rice project in July 2016, his aim has been to analyse the various existing and emerging relevant transcriptomic, and other omic, datasets in order to understand genetic regulatory networks and programmes underpinning the differential development of leaves with C4 photosynthesis and Kranz anatomy.


Tom Hughes Tom is currently a PhD student at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Jane Langdale and Steve Kelly. He obtained his Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Plant Sciences, from the University of Cambridge. His research involves characterization  of a number of putative regulators of Kranz anatomy, through gain of function experiments in rice and loss of function experiments in maize. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership in Oxford, and is a recipient of a Newton Abraham Scholarship.