Faculty of Biological Sciences

Prof Peter Meyer

DipBiol, PhD 1986, Cologne.
Professor of Plant Genetics
School of Biology

Contact:  Miall 8.24, +44(0) 113 34 33099, email address for  

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

Research Interests

Plant epigenetics and its role in transgene expression

Epigenetics, chromatin, genome organisation, cytokinins, and transgenic plants.


Current Projects

  • Characterisation of chromatin factors involved in transcription, repair and recombination
  • The role of transgene integration regions in transgene expression
  • Removal of selectable marker genes from transgenic plants
  • Plant genes involved in repair and recombination
  • Cytokinin-mediated resistance against biotic stress
  • Cytokinin-mediated delay of senescence
  • Microarray-based analysis of cell-cycle genes and plastid genes
  • Activation tagging of plant genes

Faculty Research and Innovation

Studentship information

Postgraduate studentship areas:

  • Epigenetics and gene silencing in plants

See also:

Modules managed

BLGY3232 - Epigenetics
BLGY3291 - Comparative Genomics

Modules taught

BIOL5251M - Plant Biotechnology
BLGY1303 - Tutorials for Biology and Genetics
BLGY2100 - Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists
BLGY3021 - Research Project
BLGY3110 - Applied Genetics
BLGY3232 - Epigenetics
BLGY3291 - Comparative Genomics
BLGY3340 - Biology Research Projects
BLGY5380M - Extended Research Project
FOBS1135/BLGY1115 - The Basis of Life/Introduction to Cell Biology: from Molecules to Cells and Tissues


Member of Graduate School Committee (Progression Tutor (SB))

Centre membership: The Centre for Plant Sciences

Group Leader Prof Peter Meyer  (Professor of Plant Genetics)

Plant epigenetics and its role in transgene expression 


Mohd Azinuddin Ahmad Mokhtar (Primary supervisor) 90% FTE
Samuel Brocklehurst (Primary supervisor) 100% FTE
Elizabeth Hollwey (Primary supervisor) 100% FTE
Najihah Binti Mohamed (Primary supervisor) 90% FTE
Rachel O'Neill (Co-supervisor) 10% FTE