Cell Biology

David Evans

Professor David Evans

Chair of the Cell Biology Section

Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Davis Evans leads on research and knowledge exchange across a wide-ranging Faculty including healthcare, biological and biomedical science, sports science, nutrition and environment. He also undertakes research in plant cell biology and have developed an international reputation in plant nuclear envelope biology, where he co-leads the International Plant Nucleus consortium of scientists in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, the Czech Republic, the USA, Japan and New Zealand (https://doi.org/10.24384/IPNC). His research group is a member of the Indepth COST Action ( http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA16212 and /indepth/).

David is a member of the Cell Biology Research Group at Oxford Brookes, specialising in the plant nuclear envelope. With Dr Katja Graumann, he co-leads the Plant Nuclear Envelope Research Group and am co-founder and co-leader of the International Plant Nucleus Consortium
Research group membership
Plant Cell Biology
Research grants and awards
Expand more information panel Impact of Nuclear Domains on Gene Expression and Plant Traits (led by University Clermont-Ferrand)
Research Network
Evans, David Edgar (Hl Dept of Biological & Medical Sciences)
(01/09/2017 - 31/08/2023)
Funder: COST Association
(Previous awards: Leverhulme Trust, BBSRC, Royal Society)

Research projects
He is currently researching a family of nuclear envelope associated proteins (NEAPs) which were discovered in my laboratory by Dr Katja Graumann and we believe to interact between the nuclear envelope and chromatin. We use a variety of techniques for protein-protein interaction and live cell imaging in our work, including generation of mutants and fluorescent constructs of nuclear proteins.

Research impact
The nuclear envelope (NE) is of key importance in regulating the function of the nucleus. Chromosome territories are created by interaction with it with associated gene regulation; chromatin is structured by proteins which attach to the NE and the whole nucleus is positioned in disease and development by proteins interfacing with the NE. The role of the NE is therefore being explored to enhance transformation of plant material and to enhance disease and drought resistance.

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