I am a plant molecular biologist whose main research interests include the role of photosynthesis as a sensor of environmental cues, as-well-as the use of synthetic biology to engineer improvements in photosynthetic efficiency to increase crop yields.
I have a background in plant responses to abiotic stress, particularly those involving antioxidant defences. I have worked on several research projects focused on characterising retrograde signalling mechanisms, both during chloroplast development (biogenic control) and in mature plants (operational control). I am currently working on a synthetic biology project which aims to increase the photosynthetic efficiency of rice, the world’s most important crop. By engineering the cyanobacterial CO2 concentrating mechanism into rice chloroplasts, I hope to improve rice yields in a sustainable manner. I believe synthetic biology will play a major role in shaping the future of crop production.
[Also, here is a video clip from the BBC's 'How To Grow A Planet' documentary series from 2012, in which I visualised plant-to-plant communication (yes, that is me in the clip!)]
Research Areas: Abiotic Interactions, Applied Plant Biology, Food Security, Molecular Biology, Signals and Responses, Synthetic Biology
Seedlings lacking the PTM protein do not show a genomes uncoupled (gun) mutant phenotype
Page M.T., Kacprzak S.M., Mochizuki N., Okamoto H., Smith A.G., Terry M.J. (2017). Plant Physiology, 174, p21-26.
The iron-sulfur cluster biosynthesis protein SUFB is required for chlorophyll synthesis, but not phytochrome signaling
Hu X., Page M.T., Sumida A., Tanaka A., Terry M.J., Tanaka R. (2017). Plant Journal, 89, p1184-1194.
Singlet oxygen initiates a plastid signal controlling photosynthetic gene expression
Page M.T., McCormac A., Smith A.G., Terry M.J. (2017). New Phytologist, 213, p1168-1180.
The influence of ascorbate on anthocyanin accumulation during high light acclimation in Arabidopsis thaliana: further evidence for redox control of anthocyanin synthesis
Page M.T., Sultana N., Paszkiewicz K., Florance H., Smirnoff N. (2012). Plant, Cell and Environment, 35, p388-404.
Expression analysis of the VTC2 and VTC5 genes encoding GDP-L-galactose phosphorylase, an enzyme involved in ascorbate biosynthesis, in Arabidopsis thaliana
Gao Y., Badejo A., Shibata H., Sawa Y., Maruta T., Shigeoka S., Page M.T., Smirnoff N., Ishikawa T. (2011). Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, 75, p1783-1788.
Outreach events with local schools when at the University of Southampton - GM technologies, sustainable food production