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Neil Graham

Research Fellow, Faculty of Science

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Biography

Research fellow in Plant biology

Neil's research interest fall into three main areas: plant mineral nutrition and root system architecture and analysis of large genomic/transcriptomic datasets. Current research projects include:

  • Biofortification of Ca and Mg in Brassica rapa
  • Investigating nutrient uptake in Brassica napus
  • Integrating control strategies against soil-borne Rhizoctonia solani Oilseed rape
  • Magnesium network - Integrating soil-crop-animal pathways to improve ruminant health
  • Development of root system architecture phenotyping

Expertise Summary

Plant mineral nutrition; root system development; hormone biology; genomics; transcriptomics

Teaching Summary

I contribute to a number of undergraduate modules on plant mineral nutrition and data analysis including:

Foundation Science - 1st year, statistics

Plant Science - 1st year, general plant science practicals

The Biosciences and global food security - plant mineral nutrition

Plant physiology, from cell to crop - 2nd, plant mineral nutrition

Professional skills for Bioscientists - 2nd year, statistics, experimental design

Plants and soil environment - 3rd year, plant phenotyping practical

Research Summary

My current research interests are in the area of plant mineral nutrition, in particular in biofortification and root architecture phenotyping mainly in Brassica species. We are interested in the… read more

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Current Research

My current research interests are in the area of plant mineral nutrition, in particular in biofortification and root architecture phenotyping mainly in Brassica species. We are interested in the mechanisms of nutrient uptake and accumulation and how these can be manipulated to increase the nutritional quality of crops, currently focusing on Ca and Mg. This is achieved using a range of genomic, genetic and molecular techniques including eQTL mapping and genome wide association studies. We are also interested in how minerals move from soil to crop to animal. We have a project looking at how magnesium moves through this route, to improve ruminant health. We are also utilising high-throughput root phenotyping techniques to understand the relationship between root architecture traits and nutrient uptake.

Past Research

My previous position was is in the Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre, as part of the Affymetrix GenChip service. This involves assisting users of the service with experimental design and data analysis, as well as developing novel analysis techniques. This has led to a number of collaborations with a wide range of groups, both nationally and internationally working on many different plants, animals, yeast and C elegans. Many of these collaborations have resulted from my work in the development of the Xspecies technique. This enables Affymetrix GeneChips to be used with species they were not designed for, using a mixed physical and bioinformatics approach. I have been involved in extending this technique to other systems, including many plant species and animals including sheep and horse studies.

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