Dr Zhe (Luke) Ji

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My pronouns are he/him

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate based in the Department of Biology and affiliated with the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College. My main research interests lie in plant hormone signalling and nutrient-use efficiency. Specifically, I have previously worked on revealing 1) the evolutionary trajectory of the interaction specificity between two key components of the gibberellin signalling pathway in land plants; and 2) the molecular mechanisms underlying differences in root system architecture and nitrogen use efficiency among rice subspecies. Currently, working with Prof. Lars Østergaard, I am investigating how and why the pea plant (Pisum sativum) produces a chlorinated form of the plant hormone auxin during pod development. The ultimate goal of this project is to enhance pea pod development and apply the acquired insights to improve the cultivation of other legume crops.

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