Jane Langdale graduated from the University of Bath in 1982 with a BSc in Applied Biology specializing in microbiology. She went on to do a PhD in Human Genetics at the University of London and then postdoctoral research at Yale University on the molecular and genetic basis of plant development.
She returned to the UK in 1990 having been awarded an Independent Research Fellowship to set up her own research group in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Oxford. She is currently a Professorial Research Fellow in the Plant Sciences Department and at The Queen’s College.
Jane’s research focusses on understanding the genetic mechanisms that underpin how leaves develop and how they evolved (www.langdalelab.com) and she is currently co-ordinator of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded ‘C4 Rice Project’ (www.c4rice.com). She was elected a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization in 2007 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2015.
How do you grow rice faster?
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