George Bassel


Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Work in George Bassel’s research group focuses on understanding how genes change the shape of plant cells. Using seed germination as a model system, Dr Bassel is uncovering gene regulatory networks that control cell shape changes, and examining how these networks are influenced by the environment.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, his lab is examining the post-embryonic growth of the model plant species Arabidopsis to uncover the molecular machinery that underlies the decision-making process of a cell to begin expansion and the mechanisms that drive these shape changes. Two complementary methodologies are being integrated within this work:

Inference of co-functional gene networks (how genes influence other genes)
Quantitative analysis of 3D cellular geometric changes (how plant cells grow in 3D)
Dr Bassel is currently accepting applications for doctoral researchers to look at the relationship between gene expression and changes in plant cell shape.