David Cuitun-Coronado

PhD Student Genes in the Environment

David’s work concerns the evolution of proteins associated with circadian regulation in plants, to help understand why the plant circadian clock has its current structure.

Not all elements in the circadian clock are present throughout the evolutionary story of land plants, so investigating species representative of earlier stages of plant evolution can provide insights into the current structure and function of plant circadian regulation.

David is also developing and applying tools to investigate properties of the circadian clock in a basal land plant, with a focus on the circadian regulation of photosynthesis. This aims to understand how the circadian clock is conserved throughout the green lineage, and how the nature of circadian regulation in early land plants.