Headshot portrait of Graham Dow - Bio-X Bowes Fellow
Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2009
Home Department: Biology
Faculty Advisors: Dominique Bergmann (Biology) and Joe Berry (Global Ecology, Carnegie Institute for Science)

Research Title: The physiological consequences of altering stomatal density and patterning in Arabidopsis thaliana

Research Description: Plants are dependent on their ability to sense and respond to their surrounding environment in order to successfully grow and reproduce. Stomata are specialized cells on the above ground surface of plants that control the flux of gases, such as CO2 and H2O, between internal plant structures and the outside world. Stomatal development and physiology are finely tuned to environmental conditions and ultimately help plants optimize their relationship with the environment. The goal of this project is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that underlie the relationship between stomata and the environment, particularly with respect to development of stomata and its feedback on physiology.


Graham is a group leader at NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany) in Cambridge, UK.