Dr. Alison Tidy 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 Brassica which includes;
- 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
- Heat and cold stress during flower development
Dr. Alison Tidy (previously 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;
Understanding the effects of heat and cold treatment during flowering in Brassica. 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.
JOSÉ FERNÁNDEZ-GÓMEZ, BEHZAD TALLE, ALISON TIDY and ZOE A WILSON, 2020. Accurate staging of reproduction development in Cadenza wheat by non-destructive spike analysis Journal of Experimental Botany. ZHAO, SHU-QING, LI, WEN-CHAO, ZHANG, YI, TIDY, ALISON C. and WILSON, ZOE A., 2019. Knockdown of Arabidopsis ROOT UVB SENSITIVE4 Disrupts Anther Dehiscence by Suppressing Secondary Thickening in the Endothecium PLANT AND CELL PHYSIOLOGY. 60(10), 2293-2306 FERGUSON, ALISON C., PEARCE, SIMON, BAND, LEAH R., YANG, CAIYUN, FERJENTSIKOVA, IVANA, KING, JOHN, YUAN, ZHENG, ZHANG, DABING and WILSON, ZOE A., 2017. Biphasic regulation of the transcription factor ABORTED MICROSPORES (AMS) is essential for tapetum and pollen development in Arabidopsis NEW PHYTOLOGIST. 213(2), 778-790
CHEW, BEE LYNN, FISK, IAN D., FRAY, RUPERT, TUCKER, GREGORY A., BODI, ZSUZSANNA, FERGUSON, ALISON, XIA, WEI and SEYMOUR, GRAHAM B., 2017. The effect of adenosine monophosphate deaminase overexpression on the accumulation of umami-related metabolites in tomatoes PLANT CELL REPORTS. 36(1), 81-87