Ruth is the currently the Executive Director of Global Plant Council and also acts as the Interim Coordinator of the Diversity Seek Initiative.
Before pursuing a career in science administration and policy Ruth worked in a number of institution’s including the John Innes Centre, UK and carried out her Ph.D in the lab of Prof Andrew Millar University of Edinburgh, UK.
Previously Ruth worked as the GARNet Coordinator for the UK Arabidopsis Research Network. In collaboration with colleagues Ruth established the UK Plant Sciences Federation in 2009 and was awarded the Society of Biology President’s Medal for her support of the Plant Sciences Community. Ruth has also published widely on a range of topics including digital infrastructure, epigenetics, flowering time and the circadian clock.
Research Areas: Computational Biology, Systems Biology
Parry G, Patron N, Bastow R, Matthewman C. GARNet/OpenPlant CRISPR-Cas Workshop. Plant Methods 12 (6) (2016)
Martin L, Cook C, Matasci N, Williams J, Bastow R. Data mining with iPlant. Journal of Experimental Botany 66 (1) 1-6 (2015)
Cook C, Martin L, Bastow R. Opportunities in plant synthetic biology. Journal of Experimental Botany 65(8) 1921 (2014)
Leonelli S, Smirnoff N, Moore J, Cook C, Bastow R. Making open data work for plant scientists Journal of Experimental Botany 64 (14) 4109-17 (2013)
Leonelli S, Charnley B, Webb AR, Bastow RM. Under one leaf: A historical perspective on the UK Plant Science Federation New Phytologist 195(1)10–13 (2012)
Lavagi I, Estelle M, Weckwerth W, Beynon J, Bastow RM
From bench to bountiful harvests: a road map for the next decade of Arabidopsis research. Plant Cell 24(6) 2240-7(2012)
International Arabidopsis Informatics Consortium Taking the next step: building an Arabidopsis information portal. Plant Cell 24(6) 2248-56. (2012)
Grierson CS, Barnes SR, Chase WM, Clarke M, Grierson D, Edwards KJ, Jellis GJ, Jones JD, Knapp K, Oldroyd G, Poppy G, Temple P, Williams R, Bastow RM. One hundred important questions facing plant science research New Phytologist 192(1) 6–12 (2011)
Bastow RM, Leonelli S. Sustainable digital infrastructure. Although databases and other online resources have become a central tool for biological research, their long-term support and maintenance is far from secure. EMBO Reports 11(10) 730-4. (2010)
International Arabidopsis Informatics Consortium An international bioinformatics infrastructure to underpin the Arabidopsis community. Plant Cell 22(8)2530-6 (2010)
Kevei E, Gyula P, Hall A, Kozma-Bognár L, Kim WY, Eriksson ME, Tóth R, Hanano S, Fehér B, Southern MM, Bastow RM, Viczián A, Hibberd V, Davis SJ, Somers DE, Nagy F, Millar AJ. Forward genetic analysis of the circadian clock separates the multiple functions of ZEITLUPE. Plant Physiology 140(3):933-45 (2006)
Boss PK, Bastow RM, Mylne JS, Dean C. Multiple pathways in the decision to flower: enabling, promoting and resetting. Plant Cell. 16, S18-31 (2004)
Bastow RM, Mylne JS, Lippman Z, Martienssen RA, Dean,C. Vernalization requires epigenetic silencing of FLC by histone methylation. Nature. 427,164-7 (2004)
Bastow RM, Dean C. Plant sciences. Deciding when to flower. Science. 302,1695-6 (2003)
Hall A,* Bastow RM, * Davis SJ, Hanano S, McWatters HG, Ravenscroft V, Doyle MR, Halliday KJ, Amasino, RM, Millar,AJ. The TIME FOR COFFEE gene maintains the amplitude and timing of Arabidopsis circadian clocks Plant Cell. 15, 2719-29 (2004) * Joint first author.
Hall A, Kozma-Bognar L, Bastow RM, Nagy F, Millar AJ. Distinct regulation of CAB and PHYB gene expression by similar circadian clocks. Plant Journal 32, 529-537 (2003)
Bastow RM, Dean C. The molecular basis of photoperiodism. Developmental Cell 3,461-462 (2002)
Doyle MR, Davis SJ, Bastow RM, McWatters HG, Kozma-Bognar L, Nagy F, Millar AJ, Amasino RM. The ELF4 gene controls circadian rhythms and flowering time in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature 419,74-77 (2002)
Bahrami AR, Bastow R, Rolfe S, Price C, Gray JE. A role for nuclear localised proteasomes in mediating auxin action. Plant Journal 30,691-698 (2002)
McWatters, H.G.*, Bastow, R.M.*, Hall A., Millar, A.J.The ELF3 zeitnehmer regulates light signaling to the circadian clock. Nature 408,716-718 (2000). * Joint first author.
Reed, JW, Nagpal, P, Bastow, RM,Solomon, KS, Dowson-Day, MJ, Elumalai, RP, Millar, AJ. Independent action of ELF3 and phyB to control hypocotyl elongation and flowering time. Plant Physiology 122,1149-1160 (2000).