Official Fellow; Auditor of the College Accounts
Reader in Plant Sciences
Julian Hibberd was admitted as a Fellow to the College in 2000. Before that, he completed his first degree in Biological Sciences at Bangor, North Wales in 1991, and stayed in Bangor and was awarded a PhD in 1994. He then conducted post-doctoral work in both Sheffield and Cambridge. In 1999 Julian was appointed to a University Lectureship in Plant Sciences.
Almost all energy on the planet is derived from photosynthesis. Our current food depends on this process, and much of our fuel represents ancient reserves laid down by plants. Julian uses a broad range of approaches to understand the most efficient type of photosynthesis that has evolved in plants. He is a member of several international programs to improve photosynthesis specifically and crop-performance more generally.
Research currently focuses on:
- The evolution and molecular biology of C4 photosynthesis
- The role and regulation of specific enzymes needed for C4 photosynthesis that are expressed in specific cell-types of C3 plants
- Approaches to increase photosynthetic efficiency in crops
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