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Professor Keara Franklin


2018- Present: Professor, University of Bristol.

2015-2018: Reader, University of Bristol.

2012-2015: Senior lecturer, University of Bristol.

2010-2012: Lecturer, University of Bristol.

2006- 2014: Royal Society University Research Fellow.

2006- 2010: Lecturer, University of Leicester.

2003: HFSP Fellow, Plant Gene Expression Centre, Albany, CA, USA.

2002-2006: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Leicester.

1998-2001: Ph.D. University of Southampton.

1997-1998: M.Res. Advanced Plant Science, University of Wales.

1994-1997: B.Sc. (Hons) Biology, University of Bristol.

My research career started in the field of plant photobiology with a PhD at the University of Southampton, UK (supervised by Matthew Terry). Here, my work focussed on the biochemistry of plant light perception. This was followed by a postdoctoral position in the lab of Professor Garry Whitelam (University of Leicester, UK) and a short HFSP fellowship in the lab of Professor Peter Quail (Plant Gene Expression Centre and U.C Berkely, USA). This work focussed on the roles of phytochrome photoreceptors and plant shade avoidance responses. In 2006, I was simultaneously awarded a Royal Society Research Fellowship and lectureship at the University of Leicester. In 2010, I moved to the University of Bristol and was awarded both The Society of Experimental Biology (SEB) President’s Medal in Plant Science and the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB) Award.