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Plant Molecular Sciences

This research centre focuses on producing seeds and food for the world using innovative yet simple methods, making an impact on what people eat.

Research projects include European Network Consortia and in plant Systems and Synthetic Biology in close collaboration with staff in the Department of Computer Science.

The centre's research groups have collaboration projects with industrial and academic partners including Syngenta, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, KWS SAAT AG, CABI, John Innes Centre, Rothamsted Research and with other universities as well as research centres in Europe and world-wide. 

What do we do?


The video shows you the world-leading seed and biotechnology research that the School undertakes as well as the modern facilities they use.

Get involved

Find out which Plant Molecular Sciences projects you can get involved with as part of a Msc Biological Science by Research.

You can also see which PhD studentships are available here.


Academic Staff

Paul Fraser     


 Head of Centre

Professor of Biochemistry              

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Laurence Bindschedler   



Senior Lecturer in Plant Biochemistry          

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Laszlo Bogre             



Professor of Plant Molecular Cell Biology   

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Paul Devlin             

Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Biology

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Alessandra Devoto     



Reader in Molecular Plant Biology             

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Gerhard Leubner           



Professor of Plant Biochemistry            

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Enrique Lopez    



Senior Lecturer in Plant Development             

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Tony Stead             



Senior Lecturer in Plant Biology              

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