Matthew Johnston

Postgraduate Researcher

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.