Matthew has a keen interest in plant science and agricultural research. After completing a Master’s in cold and drought stress tolerance in sorghum at the University of Durham, he has pursued his interest in agriculture with a PhD investigating the molecular signalling pathways underlying the heat stress response in wheat. His research focus is on understanding the hormonal regulation of anther development and how exposure to high temperatures can disrupt normal development, leading to significant yield losses. With rising global temperatures predicted to lead to an annual global loss of around $5 billion in wheat, barley and maize, this area of research is set to become increasingly important for world food security issues. Matthew is particularly fascinated in research that has a direct application for farming/industry and is passionate about improving communication between the research and agricultural communities. During his PhD, he will be working closely with his industrial collaborator, Plant Impact Ltd, where he will be applying his research at a commercial level. Having a broad background knowledge of plant biochemistry, molecular biology and plant physiology, and with an in-depth understanding of plant responses to abiotic stress, he hopes to apply all these areas of expertise to his PhD.
- Understanding the role of phytohormones in controlling heat stress tolerance during pollen development in wheat
- 2016 - Mbiol (First-class Hons) of Biological Sciences, University of Durham, UK