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 Emily Darby

Emily Darby

Research student, School of Biosciences

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Emily is a PhD student undertaking a SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership at Cardiff University. Her research project will be looking to investigate the mechanisms employed by the transcription factor TCP4 in cell reprogramming of root tissues, and to establish whether TCP4 is a pioneer transcription factor in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Emily graduated from Cardiff University in 2021 with a BSc in Biochemistry with a Professional Training Year, during which time she collaborated with the IBEX diabetes research group, establishing an initial interest in research. Her final year project contributed towards investigating alternative DNA barcodes to assist in the taxonomic classification of different species of mint plants, establishing her interest in plant molecular genetics.

She subsequently completed a Masters of Research in Bioscience at Cardiff University studying the roles of genes involved in maintaining pluripotency within the shoot apical meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana.



Going Green: Reprogramming Roots into Shoots Using TCP Transcription Factors

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Dr Simon Scofield

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Dr Tamara Lechón Gómez

Lecturer in Plant Biology