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ePortfolio of Jessica Finch

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My name is Jessica Finch and I am a BBSRC-funded PhD student on the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) program. I have recently completed my PhD research in the Schäfer Lab, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick. Having completed the MIBTP training year – comprising taught courses in Programming in R, Statistics and mathematical approaches to biology, as well as lab skills masterclasses, a three-month internship and two rotation projects – my substantive research project was concerned with elucidating the molecular and cellular basis of immunity-induced growth inhibition in the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana and crops, with a particular focus on the role of cell cycle regulation.

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A bit about me...

Having always had a passion for biosciences and environmental issues, particularly climate change, I read Biological Natural Sciences at the Univerity of Cambridge, where I specialised in Plant Sciences for my final year. It was during my final year research project looking at root-root interactions between wheat and weeds that I first became aware of the importance of plant root research in the wider context of food security and climate change, although I did not at that time envisage doing a PhD; I instead decided to pursue a career in secondary school teaching with the aim of passing on my love for plant sciences.

I completed my teacher training (PGCE) at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, before teaching science full-time in an 11-16 school in Cambridgeshire. Although an excellent and highly formative experience, teaching wasn't for me. I missed studying science and decided to embark upon a PhD at the University of Warwick, where I am now enjoying researching growth-immunity antagonism in plant roots.

Having greatly enjoyed my three-month internship with the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) during my MIBTP training year, outside of my PhD studies I continued to work part-time for the FCRN until March 2018, helping to develop food sustainability informational resources.

My research: “The role of cell cycle regulation in immunity-induced root growth inhibition in Arabidopsis thaliana

Supervisors: Dr Patrick Schäfer & Dr Sascha Ott

Funded by: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the University of Warwick


Jessica Finch

School of Life Sciences
University of Warwick

j dot finch at warwick dot ac dot uk




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