Dr Matt Jones
- Senior Lecturer (Institute of Molecular Cell & Systems Biology)
Matt is a photobiologist working to understand how plants integrate light signals to optimize responses to abiotic stress. After completing his PhD with Prof. John Christie at the University of Glasgow (in which he characterized the photochemical activation of the phototropin family of photoreceptors), Matt moved to UC Davis to understand how the circadian system modulates plants photosensitivity with Prof. Stacey Harmer. Matt worked to understand how the circadian system perceives light, and identified the REVEILLE1 (RVE1) and RVE8 proteins as part of the circadian system. Matt also found that the histone demethylase JMJD5 plays a role in the plant circadian system, most notably under high light stress.
Matt was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to begin his independent research career at the University of Essex in September 2012. Matt developed chlorophyll fluorescence techniques to document circadian rhythms within the chloroplast and expanded his research interests to encompass the role of RNA processing, transcript stability, and metabolism in circadian timing. This research led to the identification and characterization of 3’-PhosphoAdenosine 5’-Phosphate (PAP) as a stress-induced metabolite that delays gene expression.
Since moving to Glasgow in 2019, the Jones lab continues to determine how plants perceive and respond to environmental change, currently examining how the circadian system and light signalling pathways interact to promote tolerance of abiotic stresses.
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Creating a standardised workflow to optimise crop growth characteristics in an innovative vertical farming system
Scottish Funding Council
2020 - 2021
- Measuring the consequences of abiotic stress in vivo
2020 - 2021
- Integrating light & metabolic signals to understand responses to abiotic stress
Gatsby Charitable Foundation
2019 - 2021
- How does PAP, a stress-induced metabolite, regulate gene expression?
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
2019 - 2022