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 in rice. She is an elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.


Dr Steve Kelly Steve is an Associate Professor 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 research associate 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 generateconstructs for rice transformation. Her research is focused on testing our current hypothesis of how Kranz anatomy develops in the leaves of C4 plants.

fairlightDr Sovanna Tan Sovanna is a postdoc in the Langdale lab. She obtained a  PhD in Plant Sciences at the Paris-XI/Paris Saclay University in France. She then got a 1-year assistant lecturer position at the Institute of Plant Sciences of Paris-Saclay (IPS2) where she continued her work on the hormonal regulation of symbiotic nodule formation in Legumes. Her research interests are mainly focused on signalling in the context of plant development. In the C4 Rice Project, her research is focused on the relationship between cell divisions and vein patterning in developing rice leaves.


Dr Chiara Perico Chiara is a post-doc in the Langdale lab. She obtained a Masters in Industrial Biotechnologies from the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) and a PhD in Biological Sciences, with focus on Plant Sciences, from the University of Bristol.

Her research is aimed at understanding the role of hormones in leaf vascular development in C3 and C4 grasses.


MaricrisZaidemDr Maricris Zaidem Cris is a postdoc in the Langdale lab. She obtained her PhD from the University of Tuebingen/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Germany, which was followed by a postdoc at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology of New York University. Her previous work involved network-scale inference using Omics approaches in the course of plant stress. In the C4 rice project, she aims to describe the pathways that regulate vein patterning.

Dr Jay Jethva Jay is a postdoc in the Kelly lab. He obtained his PhD in Natural Sciences with a focus on Plant Sciences from the University of Kiel, followed by a postdoc at the department of plant physiology and developmental biology at the University of Kiel. His previous work includes flooding and post-flooding adaptation in Arabidopsis and Rice. In the C4 rice project, he aims to enhance photosynthesis by engineering C4 photosynthesis enzymes into C3 plants.