Matt Jones, PhD SFHEA

Matt Jones

My research seeks to understand how plants perceive and respond to changes in their environment, with the ultimate goal of using this knowledge to promote stress tolerance in crop plants. To achieve this we are using traditional molecular biology techniques in combination with the latest advances in synthetic biology to manipulate how light signals are integrated into the circadian system.

A more detailed biography can be found here.

Putri Prasetyaningrum, PhD


Putri is working on how drought alters circadian responses.

Franco Vegliani (PhD Student)


Franco is working on how drought response interacts with light reception by looking at how photoreceptor mutants' circadian period is affected by drought under different light qualities.

Cathryn Dickson


Cathryn provides support to projects in the Jones lab.

Jingwen Yao (Visiting PhD Student)


I am a Ph.D student of plant physiology, visiting the Jones lab from China. My PhD research focuses on the mechanism of melatonin affecting the photoperiod pathway of Arabidopsis. I am also interested in the effect of melatonin on plant physiological phenotype like stomata movement under circadian rhythm.

Ellie Stallard (PhD Student)

Ellie Stallard

I am working on my PhD at the University of Essex- my project is co-supervised by Prof. Phil Mullineaux.


Suzanne Litthauer, PhD

Suzanne Litthauer

My PhD research aimed to provide a glimpse into how plants adapt to stress occurring as a result of changes in their environment, and how these stress responses interlink with the circadian clock. Of particular interest to me was the role played by 5'-Phosphoadenosine 3'-Phosphate, which accumulates in plants under high light and heat stress. I was able to show that this metabolite delays the circadian system in response to osmotic stress. I also developed a novel method to measure circadian rhythms in vivo.

Martin Battle, PhD

Martin Battle

As sessile photoautotrophs, plants are amongst the organisms most sensitive to, and influenced by, changes in their surrounding light conditions. Using photoreceptors found naturally in cyanobacteria we will engineer new light sensitive pathways in plants allowing for direct control of targeted genes using light as a trigger. Using this system we will examine the interactions between the plant circadian clock and genes involved in maintaining circadian rhythms.

MSc Alumni

Tim Sykes

Azeez Ayege

Lee Stansfield

Gerald Auger

Andrew Foster

Neil Turvey

Undergraduate Alumni

Eloise McCarthy (Royal Society of Biology Undergraduate Scholar)

Summer Rosonovski (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme)

Sareeta Bagri (Frontrunners Student)

Kat Malpas (Frontrunners Plus Student)