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Dr Matt Jones Joint Graduate Forum Organiser, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Position in departmentMember of Environmental and Plant Bioscience Research Group (Plant Productivity)
Staff positionResearch Fellow
Emailmajonea@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 874740
Room5.45
Biography

 2012- present: Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Essex

2008-2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harmer Lab, UC Davis

2004-2008: PhD (Molecular and Cellular Biology), University of Glasgow

2001-2004: BA (Hons), The Queen's College, University of Oxford

Websitehttp://www.joneslab.uk
Qualifications

 PhD (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

FHEA (Fellow of Higher Education Academy)

BA (Hons) Biological Sciences

Current research

We live in a changing world, with climate change and a rapidly increasing human population acting as synergistic pressures that challenge our ability to provide an adequate food supply. Arable crops experience a variety of stresses during their life cycles that if uncorrected lead to reduced yields. Many of these abiotic stresses are most likely to occur during certain periods of day. For example, heat stress is typically experienced during the mid-afternoon whereas frost damage is associated with cooling that occurs overnight. Plants have evolved several strategies to mitigate these effects including the coupling of stress responses to the circadian clock. This molecular oscillator provides an internal timing reference that also coordinates developmental and physiological processes such as growth, chlorophyll synthesis and flowering time in plants. The coordination of these molecular and physiological processes with the external environment confers an adaptive advantage in higher plants.

My lab investigates how light signals from the environment and the circadian clock interact with the ultimate goal of minimizing crop loss in adverse conditions. 

Current Group Members:

Suzanne Litthauer (PhD candidate)

Martin Battle (MPhil candidate)

Eloise McCarthy (Society of Biology Undergraduate Scholar)

Kat Malpas (University of Essex Frontrunner)

Research interests

 abiotic stress

circadian

high light

temperature

stress

productivity

light

Teaching responsibilities

BS101

BS141

BS221

BS222

BS831

PublicationsLink to publications for Matt Jones
Conferences/presentations

 

March 2015

Invited Speaker: “Environmental and metabolic control of plant growth and development”, Brazil

September 2014

 

Session Chair: “Genetic Improvement To Reduce Photooxidative Stress In Rice”, Thailand.

June 2014

 

Invited Speaker: “Coping With a Rhythmic Environment: The Interplay Between Circadian Clocks, Metabolic State and Environmental Stress” Manchester

July 2013

 

Invited Speaker: SFB924 Summer Retreat (DFG, Munich, Germany)

July 2012

 

Invited Speaker: “Post-Transcriptional Regulation”, ASPB, USA

September 2011

 

Invited Speaker: “Dynamic biology - New Levels and New Dimensions of Regulation”, Cambridge

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