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Essential to the successful running of GARNet is the GARNet Advisory Committee, which links GARNet to the community and keeps us up to date with the day to day experiences and issue of researchers. The committee currently consists of 10 elected members, who contribute their time on a voluntary basis. The committee provides GARNet with an oversight body that ensures direct community input to GARNet’s strategy and actions.

Each member serves a term of three years and annual elections are held in November/December to elect new members. The committee is elected from the community to represent and serve the needs of the community. If you would like to know more about becoming a GARNet committee member please get in touch.

In addition to the elected members the committee also includes the GARNet PI (Jim Murray), GARNet Coordinator (Geraint Parry) and three ex-offico members; Ruth Bastow, Sean May and Sabina Leonelli.

From time to time the GARNet Committee receives requests for letters of support for community resource grants. Information regarding letters of support can be found here.

Jim Murray


GARNet PI
Cardiff University

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Cell division and differentiation are intimately linked processes in plant development, each associated with specific types of cell cycle. Mitotic cell division predominates in meristems and young organs, but much plant growth is driven by cell expansion associated with repeated replication of the nuclear genome known as endocycling. Formative cell divisions are important in patterning in the embryo and in specific cell lineages, whereas overall growth depends on the combination of cell production and cell expansion.

The Murray Lab works on how these different types of division and the integration of cell cycle with development and environmental responses. A particular focus is the D-type cyclins, which regulate the rate of cell division and the onset of cellular differentiation in all higher eukaryotes. Arabidopsis has ten genes for D-type cyclins compared to three in mammals, and the Murray lab has shown that several of these genes play important roles in the regulation of cell division during plant development.

The lab is currently collaborating with colleagues in UK, Europe and US to understand the role of cell cycle control in different plant developmental contexts, using both reverse genetics and systems-led modelling approaches to build regulatory networks upstream of cell cycle control. The Murray Lab recently led a Plant Genomics ERA-NET on stem cells with colleagues including Scheres (Utrecht) and Laux (Freiburg), and is currently coordinating an ERA-NET in the SysBio+ initiative to generate an integrated 4D model of growth in the shoot apical meristem with the Traas (Lyon), Godin (Montpellier) and Helriautta (Helsinki) labs.

 

 

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Steven
Spoel


GARNet Chair
University of Edinburgh
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Jim
Murray


GARNet PI
Cardiff University
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Ruth
Bastow


The Earlham Institute
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Geraint
Parry


GARNet Coordinator
Cardiff University
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Katherine
Denby


University of York
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Daniel
Gibbs


University of Birmingham
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Murray
Grant


University of Warwick
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Jill
Harrison


University of Bristol
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Ian
Henderson


University of Cambridge
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Saskia
Hogenhout


John Innes Centre
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Sabina
Leonelli


University of Exeter
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Sean
May


NASC, University of Nottingham
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Christine
Raines


University of Essex
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Zoe
Wilson


University of Nottingham
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