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Ive De Smet is a BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham (Division of Plant and Crop Sciences).

I carried out my doctoral work on the control of lateral root development in Arabidopsis with Tom Beeckman at the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology/Ghent University (Belgium). Then I obtained long-term postdoctoral fellowships from the European Molecular Biology Organization and the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship Scheme to carry out studies on asymmetric cell division of the Arabidopsis zygote with Gerd Jürgens at the Centre for Plant Molecular Biology/University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (Germany).

My recently established research group is interested in the involvement of membrane-associated receptor-like kinases in registering and conveying (positional) information during plant (lateral) root development. Specifically, we are investigating the ACR4-dependent signalling cascade, which we recently showed to be important for root development (

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My University home page can be found here.

Centre Research

My role within CPIB is to produce specific antibodies to up to 500 key root proteins that will subsequently be used to study their spatial expression in root cells and tissues. This Root Atlas of key proteins will be a major step forward towards creating a virtual root and in addition will be a very important resource for the plant science community in the UK and abroad.

Centre Research | A Virtual Root

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Centre Research | A Virtual Root

As the lead Plant Science researcher, my main role is to facilitate the generation of data, by researchers from across the different strands and disciplines, required for the construction of models. In addition, I am responsible for providing biological information from ‘wet lab’ experiments for validation of computational and mathematical models.

Centre Research | A Virtual Root