I obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from The University of Southampton, UK in 2010, with a final year project supervised by Prof. Matthew Terry. The project contributed towards a larger investigation into the regulation of chloroplast biogenesis in etiolated plants.
I then moved on to the University of Bristol, where I studied for a PhD in Biology, supervised by Dr. Kerry Franklin. My thesis focused on the integration of UV-B light signals with other light and temperature pathways.
In 2015 I moved to the Netherlands to begin an EMBO fellowship in the lab of Prof. Ronald Pierik at the Utrecht University. I'm currently studying how soil salinity affects plant competition. The mechanism we have uncovered integrates the ABA, brassinosteroid and light signalling pathways and so will likely have a big impact across multiple disciplines.
Research Areas: Ecophysiology, Molecular Biology, Signals and Responses
Hayes, S. et al (2017). Current Biology, 27:1-8.
Fraser, D, Hayes, S. & Franklin, K (2016) Photoreceptor crosstalk in shade avoidance.Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 33:1–7.
Hayes, S. et al (2014). PNAS, 111 (32): 11894-9.
Patel, D. Et al (2013). Plant Journal, 73 (6), 980-92.
Cheminant, M. et al (2011). Plant Cell, 23 (5): 1849-1860.
I have reviewed papers for Plant Physiology, Scientific Reports and Biology and Environment, held public engagement events in Bristol and worked on press releases for the press office there.