Dr Lisa Smith
Room C34a, Alfred Denny Building
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 4702
Lab website: lisasmithlab.wordpress.com/
Lecturer (2013-present) Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2013) Department of Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
PhD Student (2002-2006) The Sainsbury Laboratory (Norwich), UK
BSc Hons (1998-2001) The University of Queensland, Australia
Key Research Interests
One aspect of my research focuses on plant development. I am particularly interested in the contribution of a group of carbohydrate (sugar)-binding proteins to plant development and its regulation by environmental signals. The malectin domain receptor-like kinases detect signals from outside the cell (either coming from other plant cells or from the surrounding environment) and help the cell and the plant develop appropriately according to the wider environment.
Research in the lab also includes the developmental roles of another group of malectin domain proteins with a kinesin domain. Kinesins are motor proteins that can move around the cell using the cytoskeleton. They are particularly important in plant cell division where they can restructure the cytoskeleton and shift organelles.
I remain interested in other areas of plant molecular biology such as natural variation and transposable elements therefore a third research area in the lab is examining the long-term effects of biotic stress on heritable variations.
Current Research Group
Sergio Trigo: Mossy signals: malectin domain kinase signalling in Physcomitrella patens (Departmental PhD + teaching: co-supervised by Julie Gray in MBB)
Dimitar Epihov: Symbiotic fungi versus bacteria as drivers of global biogeochemical cycles: exploiting the genomic resources for Medicago (ERC funded PhD: co-supervised with Jonathan Leake (primary supervisor) and David Beerling in APS)
In APS, I will teach on the following modules in 2016/17:
APS138 Molecular and Cellular Biology
APS135 L1 tutorials
APS222 L2 tutorials
APS274 The Molecular Revolution in Biology
APS331 L3 Dissertations
MRes programme coordinator