Nicola Patron is the Engineering Plant Biology group leader. Nicola has a PhD in plant molecular biology and pursued postdoctoral research at The John Innes Centre and The University of British Columbia. Outside of the lab, Nicola enjoys a range of outdoor activities and mountain sports, travel and photography.
PhD Studentship: Design Principles for Synthetic Gene Regulation
Funding: Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership
This project aims to identify and characterise conserved plant cis-regulatory elements. It will employ a synthetic biology approach, using comparative analyses of genomic datasets to inform iterative 'design-build-test-learn' engineering cycles. These will test hypotheses on the relationship between sequence and function and develop minimal synthetic regulatory elements for use in plant biotechnology. The student will acquire skills in bioinformatics, comparative genomics and molecular biology.
CURRENT LAB MEMBERS
Yaomin Cai, 2017-
Rational Design of Plant Gene Regulation
Funded by the Earlham Institute Core Strategic Program Grant BB/CSP17270/1
PREVIOUS LAB MEMBERS
Amanda Salzman, 2017
Controlling Relative Gene Expression with Tuneable, Orthologous, Regulatory Elements & Boolean Logic
Nathalia Volpi e Silva, 2016-2017
Genome Engineering to Elucidate Carbon Flux in the Lignin Biosynthetic Pathway
Anthony West, 2017
High-throughput, Automated DNA Assembly at Nanoscales