Mark Greenwood is a PhD researcher in cellular biology at Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge.
Broadly, Mark is interested in how cells work together to create useful systems. In his PhD in James Locke’s group, he is using a mixture of experiments and theory to understand how cells interact to keep track of the time of day. They found that the circadian clock in individual cells of Arabidopsis thaliana can use local cell-to-cell signalling to agree on the time. He now hopes to further this work towards an understanding that may inform growth strategies in the field.
Prior to his PhD, Mark studied for an undergraduate degree in Genetics and a Masters in Post-Genomic Sciences at the University of Liverpool. During this time he worked with Anthony Hall who piqued his interest in plants. Mark also had the opportunity to complete other research projects, including one in engineering at McGill University and Synthetic Biology at Synthace, London.