Successful co-tutelle PhD student strengthens ties between Oxford Brookes and Blaise Pascal Universities

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

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Last week (Monday 6 June), Oxford Brookes research student Axel Poulet successfully defended his thesis at the Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont Ferrand, France.

Under a co-tutelle arrangement Axel has been supervised by Professor David Evans and Dr Katja Graumann from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes and by Professor Christophe Tatout for the Université Blaise Pascal, working for extended periods in both laboratories.

The study is part of a long term collaboration sharing expertise in plant science, bioinformatics and computing aimed at better understanding the key role of the nuclear envelope in the field of epigenetics and has significance in the production of crops that are better adapted to climate change.

His work contributes to a better understanding of the way in which physical interaction with the plant nuclear envelope controls how genes are turned on and off to produce important products. It is an example of collaboration made possible by the freedom of movement within the European Union.

The study is part of a long term collaboration sharing expertise in plant science, bioinformatics and computing aimed at better understanding the key role of the nuclear envelope in the field of epigenetics and has significance in the production of crops that are better adapted to climate change.

Axel’s thesis was titled Study of the role of plant nuclear envelope andlamina-like components in nuclear and chromatin organisation using 3D imaging.

The oral examination took place in English, but Axel had to satisfy the examiners under both the French and British systems.

More information on Oxford Brookes’ Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is available on the University website.