Faculty of Biological Sciences

Prof Brendan Davies

BSc, London; PhD 1991, CNAA.
Professor of Plant Development
School of Biology

Contact:  Miall 9.01 | +44(0) 113 34 33123/33146 | email address for  

You can read more about Prof Davies's interests here:

Research Interests

Study of plant development using molecular genetics and genomics.

Our group studies plant development. We began by trying to understand flower development and still work in this area.Studying flower development and meristem function led us to the role of transcription factors, gene regulatory networks and the control of gene expression in developmental processes. This also led to an interest in other forms of gene regulation such as repression and mRNA stability. We welcome expressions of interest from prospective PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

Individual projects are currently underway in the following broad areas:

•           Understanding flower development - the master regulators and their downstream targets.

•           The mechanism of transcriptional repression and its role in plant development and evolution.

•           Nonsense-mediated mRNA decay, how it works, what it does and how we can use it.

Plant Science

Ecology and Evolution


Current Projects

  • BBSRC: A Family of Transcriptional Co-repressors Controlling Multiple Processes in Plants.
  • BBSRC: BloomNet - Flowering time
  • BBSRC: A New Conditional Gene Regulation System in Plants
  • EU: Marie Curie SYSFLO network; transcriptional control in flower development

Faculty Research and Innovation

Studentship information

Undergraduate project topics:

  • Plant development using molecular genetics

Postgraduate studentship areas:

  • Genes controlling plant development

See also:

Admin roles

Faculty Research & Innovation Committee
FBS Faculty Board

Modules managed

BLGY3252 - Plant Developmental Biology

Modules taught

BIOL5251M - Plant Biotechnology
BIOL5292M - Bioscience MSc Research Proj
BIOL5294M - MSc Bioscience Res Project Pro
BLGY1211 - Applied Biology and Agriculture
BLGY1234 - Practical Genetics
BLGY1236 - Practical Applied Biology
BLGY1303 - Tutorials: Biology & Genetics
BLGY2100 - Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists
BLGY2225 - Sustainable Food Production
BLGY3021 - Research Project
BLGY3252 - Plant Developmental Biology
BLGY3291 - Comparative Genomics
BLGY3340 - Biology Research Projects
BLGY3398 - Research Project and manuscript
BLGY3399 - Research Literature Review and Poster

Centre membership: The Centre for Plant Sciences

Group Leader Prof Brendan Davies  (Professor of Plant Development)

Study of plant development using molecular genetics and genomics. 


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