Ross Hendron, first author of Subdivision of light signalling networks contributes to partitioning of C4 photosynthesis
Current Position: Post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford University
Education: Dphil in Interdisciplinary Bioscience, Oxford University
Non-scientific Interests: sailing, Taekwon-do, chess, reading
Brief bio: During my doctoral research I was surprised to learn of the extensive diversity in how photosynthesis is achieved in different species, from large scale anatomical to more subtle metabolic differences.
This photosynthetic diversity has arisen over millions of years of evolutionary optimization in the face of different challenges to survival; studying it reveals the creative solutions that have evolved to overcome the various problems that these species have faced.
Today, a vital problem for our own species is the sustainable intensification of agriculture. Through researching the genetics of photosynthesis, I find inspiration for improving our crops to tackle this global issue.