Welcome to Plant Sciences at Oxford
The Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford is one of the leading
UK university departments dedicated to research and teaching in plant biology.
We are keen to hear from prospective Independent Research Fellows and would particularly welcome enquiries by Friday 4th April 2014. Find out more here.
We have active research programmes in three interlinked areas under the theme 'Genes,
Genetics & Genomics':
Implemented under the Plants for
the 21st Century Institute (P21C), we have distinct programs
on conservation, crops and trees. P21C is affiliated with the Oxford Martin School.
In conjunction with the Department of Zoology, an integrated
undergraduate programme in biology is provided. The course provides a broad
education covering topics from molecules to populations.
Herbaria and Botanic Garden
The department also houses the
Oxford University Herbaria and has close links with the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.
The department has 28 academic staff and independent research fellows* and approximately
60 postdoctoral researchers and D. Phil. students supported by some 40 technicians
and administrative staff.
* General information about opportunities to join our department as an independent
research fellow can be found on our Independent Research Fellowships
Professor Lorna Casselton - Obituary
Members of the department were united on 28/2/14 in remembrance of Professor Lorna Casselton CBE FRS. Her funeral provided an occasion to mourn her passing and to celebrate her life.
Lorna was an outstanding scientist whose passion and enthusiasm inspired all around her; ten years after her retirement she frequently came into the Department to talk to postdocs and students about their research. She was always encouraging and could always offer practical suggestions to solve any problems presented.
Above all, Lorna was a highly respected colleague and friend to many of us. She had been a member of the Plant Sciences Department for over 20 years and was proud to call it her base when she was Vice President of The Royal Society after her retirement.
She will be greatly missed.