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Michael Lewis

Research Postgraduate (MSc)

Research Postgraduate (MSc) in the Department of Biosciences


Research Interests

My current research investigates the role of vesicle trafficking in mediating the plant response to salinity stress. Specfically, my work aims to charaterise the mechanism of how vesicle-associated membrane proteins and their interaction partners redistrubute the plant hormone auxin at the root tip in order to regulate its growth and development. This process represents a rapid and dynamic physiological adaptation to salt contaminated soil conditions. This will give us a new understanding of how plants fine-tune auxin levels that can adjust biosynthesis, transport, perception, or signalling responses. All of which will be crucial for future biotechnological applications to improve plant salinity tolerance.