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Mr Benjamin Yarnall BSc

Postgraduate Research Student in Structural Biology

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Mr Benjamin Yarnall is a Postgraduate Research Student in Structural Biology within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Academic Qualifications

2013-present: PhD in Biological Sciences. Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK.
2012-2013: Research scientists developing diagnostic tests for influenza. Enigma diagnostics, Porton Down, Hampshire, UK.
2008-2011: BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology. Cardiff University, UK. Undergraduate dissertation: The role of GPCRs arthritis.




Research interests

My research interests focus on the role of GPCRs in the development and pathology or arthritis,  designing consensus sequences of viral panels for creation of multiplex diagnostic assays and the Crystallographic analysis of the GTG proteins.

Experimental data has shown GTG proteins to be fundamental to correct functioning of Arabidopsis thaliana cells in both fertility and light dependent growth. There is however disagreement between research groups as to their function, for instance whether or not they act as a receptor for abscisic acid or an ionic channel. Using molecular biophysical and crystallographic techniques, my research project aims to clarify the molecular mechanism of the GTG proteins.

Supervisor: Dr Declan A Doyle, Dr Lorraine E Williams, Prof Matthew J Terry.
PhD research: Are GTGs a new class of plant anion channels regulating pH in the endomembrane system?
Funding:  BBSRC

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Research project(s)

Are GTGs a new class of plant anion channels regulating pH in the endomembrane system?

Given the significant sequence similarity between members of the GTG/GPHR family, we are testing whether the GTG/GPHR family has a conserved physiological function in diverse organisms.

University of Southampton Responsibilities:
Biological Sciences Postgraduate Society Events Manager.

Mr Benjamin Yarnall
Biological Sciences
Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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