Department of Biology & Biochemistry


Dept of Biology & Biochemistry


Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386410


Current Lab Members

Graduate Students

  • Pradeepiak Saputhathri
  • Lihua Zhang


  • Professor Steve Neill, UWE, Bristol
  • Dr John Hancock, UWE, Bristol
  • Dr Radhika Desikan, UWE, Bristol
  • Professor Nick Smirnoff, University of Exeter

Dr Richard Hooley


Current Research

Plant growth is subject to regulation by a developmental programme that can be modified by environmental cues acting through endogenous signalling molecules that include plant hormones. The research of my group seeks to identify and functionally characterise genes involved in the perception and signalling of these molecules. Current projects include:

  • Determining the function of G protein signalling pathway components
  • Investigating the role of proteasome components in hormone and light signalling


To enhance understanding of the molecular basis of signal transduction in plants and to exploit this information to improve crop quality and productivity.


Chakraborty, N., Sharma, P., Kanyuka, K., Pathak, R. R., Choudhury, D., Hooley, R. and Raghuram, N., 2015. G-protein α-subunit (GPA1) regulates stress, nitrate and phosphate response, flavonoid biosynthesis, fruit/seed development and substantially shares GCR1 regulation in A. thaliana. Plant Molecular Biology, 89 (6), pp. 559-576.

Chakraborty, N., Sharma, P., Kanyuka, K., Pathak, R. R., Choudhury, D., Hooley, R. A. and Raghuram, N., 2015. Transcriptome Analysis of Arabidopsis GCR1 Mutant Reveals Its Roles in Stress, Hormones, Secondary Metabolism and Phosphate Starvation. PLoS ONE, 10 (2), e0117819.

Qi, B., Doughty, J. and Hooley, R., 2013. A Golgi and tonoplast localized S-acyl transferase is involved in cell expansion, cell division, vascular patterning and fertility in Arabidopsis. New Phytologist, 200 (2), pp. 444-456.

Desikan, R., Horak, J., Chaban, C., Mira-Rodado, V., Witthoft, J., Elgass, K., Grefen, C., Cheung, M.-K., Meixner, A. J., Hooley, R., Neill, S. J., Travers Hancock, J. and Harter, K., 2008. The histidine kinase AHK5 integrates endogenous and environmental signals in Arabidopsis guard cells. PLoS ONE, 3 (6), e2491.

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