A major challenge in biology is to understand how buds comprising a few cells can give rise to complex plant and animal appendages, like leaves or limbs. Samantha is addressing this problem through a combination of high resolution time-lapse imaging of growing leaf buds, genetics and computational modelling.
Samantha’s research has provided novel insights into how leaf shapes are generated according to an underlying biochemical polarity system and how patterns of cell division and growth are coordinated. Alongside her research, Samantha is also undertaking a part time PhD by publication at the University of East Anglia.
Samantha is our Youth Aspiration Champion and was part of the team that helped us to achieve our Gold Athena SWAN award. She founded and co-founded innovative school engagement events, including Women of the Future Conference and Year 10 Science Camp.
In 2015 she co-founded the Youth STEMM Award to support and inspire the next generation of STEMM professionals.