Dr. Alison Ferguson is a Research Fellow in Prof. Zoe Wilson's lab group, in Plant and Crop Sciences.
Current Research areas are focused on understanding male development in Arabidopsis thaliana and include;
- Understanding the dynamics involved tapetal development pathway in anthers.
- Further understanding the role of the transcription factor ABORTED MICROSPORE in the regulation of tapetal development.
- Programmed cell death in male development
Dr. Alison Ferguson obtained her BSc. Hons in Biotechnology at the Univerisity of Nottingham in 2007. She then completed her Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Dr. Ranjan Swarup in 2012, before joining Prof. Zoe Wilson's lab as a Research Fellow.
Current Research areas include;
Developing regulatory networks for further understanding of the tapetum and pollen development within plants using a system targeted approach. This is being achieved by focusing on known mutants and using different techniques such as transcriptomics, ChIP analysis, Yeast-1-hybrid, protein-protein interaction, mutant studies and fluorescent tags to construct and functionally test the resulting networks.