Prof Paul Knox

Profile

PhD in hormonal physiology at University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Postdoctoral work in Bath, Cambridge and John Innes Centre, Norwich. Appointed Lecturer 1990, Senior Lecturer 1997, Reader 2000. Professor of Plant Cell Biology 2005.

The Centre for Plant Sciences

Responsibilities

  • Director of the Centre for Plant Sciences

Research interests

Plant cell wall biology

The construction and retention of rigid, polysaccharide-based cell walls by plant cells has significant implications for the mechanisms of cell proliferation, cell adhesion, cell development and growth. Multifunctional primary and secondary cell walls are important determinants of the mechanical properties of plant cells and organs. This makes cell walls of considerable interest and importance for fundamental plant biology. In addition cell walls are important materials in relation to the exploitation of plants for foods, textile fibres, industrial polymers and increasingly as sustainable resources for bioenergy.

Cell walls are carbohyrate-based, structurally complex fibrous composites consisting of cellulose microfibrils embedded in a matrix of other polysaccharides and proteins. At Leeds we are generating and using sets of molecular probes including monoclonal antibodies for cell wall imaging and quantitative assays to explore all aspects of plant cell wall biology and polysaccharide functions. Our cell biological work involving the preparation and use of monoclonal antibody and carbohydrate-binding module probes is integrated with microscopy procedures and directed at a range of plant systems. Recent work has focused on the study of the polysaccharides secreted by plant roots and their roles in plant-soil interactions. Understanding how specific structures and configurations of cell wall polysaccharides function in relation to developmental and growth processes is our major aim.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Qualifications

  • BSc, Newcastle
  • PhD, Wales.

Student education

I contribute to the teaching of plant biology including photosynthesis, plant cell walls and the structure and function of plants in biology and related degree programmes.

Studentship information

Postgraduate studentship areas:

  • We are interested in developing projects in any area of plant cell wall research.

See also:

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>