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Key Research Interests
Plants use calcium as a second messenger in signal transduction pathways associated with many different biological processes, for example during drought, salt or cold stress, and during interactions with pathogens or symbionts. These different stimuli are able to induce different calcium signals in plant cells, but it is unclear how these different calcium signals bring about further specific responses.
Many calcium-binding proteins have been identified in plants and most of these proteins possess EF-hand motifs which have been shown to directly bind calcium ions. We are interested in understanding how these calcium-binding proteins decode different calcium signals into specific signalling responses.
If you are interested in a postdoctoral position in our laboratory, please e-mail me directly to discuss possibilities. We are very interested in potential postdocs with a strong background in plant biology, synthetic biology or biochemistry. Applicants are encouraged to look for funding sources, including Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowships, Marie Curie Fellowships, Newton Fellowships and HFSP Fellowships.
Current lab members
Mellieha Allen (BBSRC DTP funded PhD student, jointly supervised with Prof Jonathan Todd, UEA)
Hannah Baggott (MSci student)
Lorelei Bilham (NERC funded Research Technician)
Sai Chennu (MSci student)
James Houghton (Masters by Research student)
Rocky Payet (NERC funded Senior Research Associate)
Althea Rose (Masters by Research student)
Hannah Wright (BBSRC DTP iCASE funded PhD student, jointly supervised with Dr Andrew Gates and Dr Gabriella Kelemen, UEA, and PGRO)
Former lab members
Connor Tansley (BBSRC DTP funded PhD student)
Alexander Jarvis (Gatsby funded Research Associate)
Maria Contreras Delgado (Eastern ARC funded PhD student)
Postgraduate Research Opportunities
Ben Miller is a molecular biologist with an interest in calcium signalling pathways and synthetic biology in plants. His research is focussed on how plants use calcium as a second messenger to respond and adapt to the environment.
Lecturer, University of East Anglia (2021 - Present)
Eastern ARC Fellow in Synthetic Biology, University of East Anglia (2015 - 2021)
Post-doctoral Scientist, John Innes Centre (2012 - 2015)
PhD, John Innes Centre (2012)
BSc, University of Durham (2008)
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Earth's coolest organosulfur molecule: understanding how agriculture can be more cooling to the climate
11/07/22 → 10/07/23
1/09/19 → 30/11/20
24/09/18 → 31/12/19
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Peng, M., Li, C-Y., Chen, X-L., Williams, B., Kang, L., Gao, Y-N., Wang, P., Wang, N., Gao, C., Zhang, S., Schoelmerich, M. C., Banfield, J. F., Miller, J. B., Le Brun, N. E., Todd, J. D. & Zhang, Y-Z., 26 May 2022, In: Nature Communications. 13, 2947.
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Ochoa-Fernandez, R., Abel, N. B., Wieland, F-G., Schlegel, J., Koch, L. A., Miller, B., Engesser, R., Giuriani, G., Brandl, S. M., Timmer, J., Weber, W., Ott, T., Simon, R. & Zurbriggen, M. D., Jul 2020, In: Nature Methods. 17, 7, p. 717–725 9 p.
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Characterising standard genetic parts and establishing common principles for engineering legume and cereal rootsFeike, D., Korolev, A., Soumpourou, E., Murakami, E., Reid, D., Breakspear, A., Rogers, C., Radutoiu, S., Stougaard, J., Harwood, W., Oldroyd (JIC), G. & Miller, J. B., Dec 2019, In: Plant Biotechnology Journal. 17, 12, p. 2234-2245 12 p.
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Sun, J., Miller, J. B., Granqvist, E., Wiley-Kalil, A., Gobbato, E., Maillet, F., Cottaz, S., Samain, E., Venkateshwaran, M., Fort, S., Morris, R. J., Ané, J-M., Dénarié, J. & Oldroyd, G. E. D., Mar 2015, In: The Plant Cell. 27, 3, p. 823-838 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review129 Citations (Scopus)
Matthewman, C., Youles, M., Raitskin, O., Leveau, A., Farré, G., Rogers, C., Smith, A., Hibberd, J., Webb, A. A. R., Locke, J., Schornack, S., Ajioka, J., Baulcombe, D. C., Zipfel, C., Kamoun, S., Jones, J. D. G. & 38 others, , Oct 2015, In: New Phytologist. 208, 1, p. 13-19 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile151 Citations (Scopus)25 Downloads (Pure)