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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

Mr Matthew Alan Woodard MZool, MSc

Postgraduate research student in Biological Sciences

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Mr Matthew Woodard is a postgraduate research student within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I completed my undergraduate integrated masters in Zoology at Bangor University. During my 4th year I conducted a research project that looked at the potential of producing insect-resistant transgenic plants using an insecticidal toxin from spider venom. This project gave me a taste of plant molecular biology and its applications in crop science/agriculture. I therefore decided to complete a 1-year MSc in molecular biology to gain more experience in a lab setting and to learn fundamental techniques, before applying for plant molecular biology PhD projects.

Research interests

I am interested in plant molecular biology in general but with a specific passion for how plants respond to both abiotic and biotic stress. Within this topic, I am working on the signals sent from the chloroplast to the nucleus (retrograde signalling) during drought stress, the molecular basis for these signals and their overall effect on the plant. Additionally, I intend to look at the potential of utilising these signals to produce drought-tolerant plants.

Research project: The role of chloroplasts in responding to drought stress in plants


Professor Matthew Terry
Dr Paul Skipp

Research group

Plants and Food Security

Mr Matthew Alan Woodard
Building 85, Highfield Campus, Floor 6, Desk 44
University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ

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