Matthew’s research focuses on cell-to-cell communication in plants in the Christine Faulkner group.
All plant cells are connected to each other through the cell wall, via small channels termed plasmodesmata.
Plasmodesmata are dynamic and close during plant defence, when pathogens attack.
Matthew’s PhD researches the molecular events surrounding plasmodesmal closure, and the benefit this yields the plant.
Cheval C., Samwald S., Johnston M. G., de Keijzer J., Breakspear A., Liu X., Bellandi A., Kadota Y., Zipfel C., Faulkner C. (2020)Chitin perception in plasmodesmata characterizes submembrane immune-signaling specificity in plants.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of AmericaPublisher's version: 0027-8424