My name is Geraint Parry, and I am an advocate for the plant sciences. I have previously worked as a plant cell biology researcher and currently work as the GARNet co-ordinator, which is a network that supports the UK plant research community.
I also have roles within these community-facing organisations:
- Chairperson of the UK Plant Science Federation
- Coordinator for the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee
- Science Communication Officer for the COST Action INDEPTH.
During my research career I was successful in generating high quality research, published in journals such as PNAS, Nature Cell Biology, Plant Cell, the Journal of Experimental Botany. I have also had the opportunity to teach students both in formal lectures and in the lab environment where I take great pride in my ability to simply explain complex scientific concepts and to stimulate an interest in research.
I have also been the Principal Investigator for the Cardiff_Wales iGEM synthetic biology team.
The Cardiff-Wales 2016 iGEM team received an excellent silver medal in the 2016 Boston Jamboree.
The 2017 Cardiff iGEM team was nominated for a special prize in the theraupetics category for its 'Benth Biofactory' project that aimed to express a therapeutic agent for Graves' disease in tobacco leaves.
In 2018 the Cardiff iGEM project developed a novel method to prevent aphid predation. We were delighted when the team won a GOLD medal and was awarded the prize for Best Plant Synthetic Biology.
The development of my research, mentoring and communication skills benefited greatly from spending productive years working with Professor Malcolm Bennett, Professor Mark Estelle and Professor Scott Michaels. My previous scientific contributions involved initially characterizing the plant NPC, deciphering the mechanisms that control expression of auxin receptor proteins and analysis patterns of histone modification and DNA replication (see previous research).
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