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Key Research Interests and Expertise
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)
James Houghton (Masters by Research student)
Rocky Payet (NERC funded Senior Research Associate)
Althea Rose (Masters by Research student)
Connor Tansley (BBSRC DTP funded PhD student, jointly supervised with Dr Taoyang Wu, UEA)
Lilly Whitehair (Masters by Research student, jointly supervised with Prof Jonathan Todd, UEA)
Hannah Wright (BBSRC DTP iCASE funded PhD student, jointly supervised with Dr Andrew Gates and Dr Gabriella Kelemen, UEA, and PGRO)
Former lab members
Maria Contreras Delgado (Eastern ARC funded PhD student)
Alexander Jarvis (Gatsby funded Research Associate)
Ben Miller is the Eastern ARC Fellow in Synthetic Biology at the University of East Anglia. Ben 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.
Eastern ARC Fellow in Synthetic Biology, University of East Anglia (2015 - Present)
Post-doctoral Scientist, John Innes Centre (2012 - 2015)
PhD, John Innes Centre (2012)
BSc, University of Durham (2008)
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1/09/19 → 30/11/20
24/09/18 → 31/12/19
Miller, B. & Ding, Y.
1/01/17 → 28/02/18
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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.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile17 Citations (Scopus)6 Downloads (Pure)
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.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile10 Citations (Scopus)18 Downloads (Pure)
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-review119 Citations (Scopus)
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 AccessFile131 Citations (Scopus)23 Downloads (Pure)
Calcium/Calmodulin-dependent protein kinase is negatively and positively regulated by calcium, providing a mechanism for decoding calcium responses during symbiosis signalingMiller, J. B., Pratap, A., Miyahara, A., Zhou, L., Bornemann, S., Morris, R. J. & Oldroyd, G. E. D., Dec 2013, In: The Plant Cell. 25, 12, p. 5053-5066 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review91 Citations (Scopus)