Mr Michael Lewis
Research Postgraduate (MSc)
|Research Postgraduate (MSc) in the Department of Biosciences|
My current research investigates the role of vesicle trafficking in mediating the plant response to salinity stress. Specfically, my work aims to charaterise the mechanism of how vesicle-associated membrane proteins and their interaction partners redistrubute the plant hormone auxin at the root tip in order to regulate its growth and development. This process represents a rapid and dynamic physiological adaptation to salt contaminated soil conditions. This will give us a new understanding of how plants fine-tune auxin levels that can adjust biosynthesis, transport, perception, or signalling responses. All of which will be crucial for future biotechnological applications to improve plant salinity tolerance.