Recognizing Plant Direct author Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson, first author of Ploidy influences wheat mesophyll cell geometry, packing and leaf function

Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

Education: BSc (Biology) from the University of Durham, UK; MSc (Crop Improvement) from the University of Nottingham, UK; PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK

Non-scientific Interests: Running, Hiking, Cycling, Football

Brief bio:

During my MSc I worked in the lab of Erik Murchie at the University of Nottingham, where I became interested in photosynthesis and plant physiology.

After a short research technician post, I began my PhD at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Andrew Fleming where, using plant physiology techniques and 3D imaging (X-ray micro-CT and confocal microscopy), I investigated how leaf structure influences leaf function in wheat and its wild relatives.

I have recently started a postdoc in Sheffield with Andrew Fleming and Julie Gray, where I am investigating the role of 3D cell geometry and cell wall composition in stomatal mechanics of grasses.