Mandy here! I'm an early career academic building my team in plant physiology at the University of Nottingham in the UK. I'm originally Australian and have also worked in Belgium before coming here. My research focuses on the physiology of roots that form from stems. These are called adventitious roots and they are important for cutting propagation as well as crop species (for example crown roots are stem-roots) and they are also important for plants growing in different ecological niches.
I think much of the best stuff is on my website (http://www.arlab.co.uk/)so forgive me for re-posting here:
Stem formed (adventitious) roots form the core of cereal crop root systems and are also essential for industries based on cutting propagation such as horticulture and forestry. Despite this importance, little is known about the differences in regulation between types of adventitious roots. My vision is to build a multidisciplinary team to better understand the physiology of different root types and understand how they respond to changing environments. I'm always on the lookout for new techniques and technological solutions to understand the dynamic workings of plants such as microCT imaging of roots growing in soil, timelapse photography and high throughput phenotyping along with mechanistic techniques including molecular, isotopic and nano-technology markers.
I believe in a work-hard-play-hard attitude and aim to foster a supportive and friendly lab environment while achieving good, thorough, science.
I’m also passionate about science communication and through teaching and outreach programs I aim to excite the next generation of researchers and communicate my research to the wider public.
I started my life in adventitious roots while working at the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (Australia) in 2005. This was a project funded to improve root development on commercial forestry cuttings and was the starting point for my love affair with these root types. I went on to do my PhD at The University of Queensland (Australia) to study the hormonal networks controlling these root types and my first post-doc (Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship) in Belgium was a direct extension of this work. Having been trained in ecology and and plant physiology I took on my second post-doc at The University of Nottingham (Newton International Fellowship) in order to learn a bit about molecular biology. I'm now a plant physiology group leader on a Nottingham Research Fellowship within the School of Biosciences. To learn more about my lab research focus please see the home page or the research page.
Country of Birth: Australia
Hobbies: Photography, exploring the UK (peak district is a local favourite, along with the historic parks and homesteads).
A weird fact: I've seen a space shuttle launch in Florida on a school trip when I was 15 - it was epic!