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Specification of the male germline in flowering plants

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Close date
Sunday, 28 February 2021
Academic background
Sciences, Health Sciences
Host campus
Dunedin
Qualification
PhD
Department
Biochemistry
Supervisor
Dr Lynette Brownfield

Overview

In flowering plants the male germline is specified following the asymmetric division of a haploid microspore, and is hypothesised to depend on the unequal inheritance of one or more regulatory factors. While the identity of such factors is unknown, the outcome is the expression of the germline specific transcription factor DUO POLLEN 1 (DUO1).

Postgraduate projects are available investigating how DUO1 is regulated at the transcriptional level, and exploring how this regulation relates to asymmetric division. The project will involve testing interactions between transcription factors and promoter sequences or other proteins, and the generation and analysis of transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana plants to study gene function and protein localization.

Contact

Lynette Brownfield
Tel   +64 3 479 5151
Email   lynette.brownfield@otago.ac.nz