Centre for Plant Sciences

CPS provides and continues to develop a dynamic research environment for plant research in the areas of cell biology, developmental biology, gene expression, epigenetics, biotechnology and crop science.

A Centre of Excellence within the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds

The Centre for Plant Sciences in the Faculty of Biological Sciences is a centre for excellence in plant cell and molecular biology. Over 10 research groups are studying aspects of developmental and hormonal plant biology, comparative genomics, epigenetics & chromatin structure, cell walls & the plant cell secretory pathway, stress responses and crop science including nematode-resistant crops. The Centre has involvement in many European consortia and an extensive range of international collaborations including with the USA, India, Japan and China. Initiatives that involve CPS staff include Africa College - an international research partnership working to improve food security and The Gatsby Plant Science Summer School Project that is active in promoting plant science and changing attitudes to plants.

Research fellowship opportunities in CPS. University Academic Fellowships in molecular and translational plant sicences. See the UoL 250 Great Minds website.


CPS Annual Symposium 2017,
Download the programme


CPS Annual Report 2016
Available here


Report, in PLANT CELL, on the impact of the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School: Inspiring the Next Generation of Plant Science Researchers

Upcoming events

CPS Seminars

Dr Saoirse Tracy: TBC 
27th April more

Professor Bill Davies: TBC 
4th May more

FBS Seminars

Dr Marco Vignuzzi : Monitoring, Predicting and Altering Virus Evolution 
29th March more

Dr Murray Clarke: Apoptosis, necrosis, atherosclerosis and IL-1 – novel pathways of vascular inflammation 
30th March more

Dr Laura Jones: Investigating the role and regulation of heat shock proteins during response to high temperature in potato cyst nematode and Caenorhabditis species  
30th March more