Prof Michael W. Bevan
John Innes Centre, Norwich
I studied cell biology and biochemistry at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and completed post-graduate studies in plant biochemistry in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Cambridge. I studied plant tissue culture differentiation, leading to an interest in Agrobacterium tumefaciens- mediated crown gall formation. I did my first post-doc with Mary-Dell Chilton at Washington University in St Louis, MO, where I worked on the structure, expression and functions of T-DNA genes. This work led to the identification of T-DNA promoters, which we used for the first demonstration of foreign gene expression in plants. I carried on this type of work at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge UK. Upon moving to the John Innes Centre, I initiated and coordinated the sequencing of the Arabidopsis thaliana genome. Currently I am working on analysing multiple wheat lines and understanding interactions between its component genomes.