Dr Liz Alvey
School of Biosciences
Director of Studies
+44 114 222 4239
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School of Biosciences
I love my job at as University Teacher in the MBB department in Sheffield. I teach across the MBB undergraduate and post-graduate curriculum and work hard to support our students and staff so that they can be happy and successful in their studies/work.
I am particularly interested in the outward-facing curriculum and developing innovative teaching approaches that reflect the real world. I am committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive working environment and actively promote equality, diversity and inclusion for the MBB community.
The first part of my career was supported by the Sutton Trust who generously funded my undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of Nottingham. I went on to complete a Sainsbury Undergraduate Studentship on seed metabolism with Prof Ian Graham and the University of York.
In 2003 I moved to Norwich to complete a Gatsby PhD Studentship with Prof. Nick Harberd at the John Innes Centre where I investigated genes that influence the growth rate of the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. After my PhD, I completed a short post-doc with Prof Caroline Dean studying vernalization responses of Brassica oleracea crops.
I then moved to the Plant Science department at the University of Cambridge to investigate the meiotic trigger in early land plants (mosses and liverworts) with Dr Ian Henderson. While at Cambridge I acted as an academic tutor for Murray Edwards College, created meiotic outreach activities for Cambridge Science Week and designed the plant science practicals for the Cambridge Sutton Trust Summer School.
- 2014 - present: University Teacher, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology University of Sheffield, UK
- 2014: Teaching Assistant, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology University of Sheffield, UK
- 2009 - 2012: Research Associate, Plant Science, University of Cambridge, UK
- 2011: Academic tutor, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK
- 2007 - 2008: Research Associate, Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
- 2003 - 2007: PhD, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
This person does not have any publications available.
- Fruit Growth in Arabidopsis Occurs via DELLA-Dependent and DELLA-Independent Gibberellin Responses. The Plant Cell, 24(10), 3982-3996.
- Genome-wide analysis of mutations in mutant lineages selected following fast-neutron irradiation mutagenesis of Arabidopsis thaliana. Genome Research, 22(7), 1306-1315.
- Transcription factor PIF4 controls the thermosensory activation of flowering. Nature, 484(7393), 242-245.
- Meiosis in flowering plants and other green organisms. Journal of Experimental Botany, 61(11), 2863-2875.
- High Temperature-Mediated Adaptations in Plant Architecture Require the bHLH Transcription Factor PIF4. Current Biology, 19(5), 408-413.
- DELLA proteins: integrators of multiple plant growth regulatory inputs?. Physiologia Plantarum, 123(2), 153-160.
- Teaching activities
- MBB6011 Laboratory techniques in Molecular Bioscience
Level 3 Modules
- MBB360 Project (Module Coordinator)
- MBB361 Literature Review (Module Coordinator)
- MBB345 Human Reproduction and Fertility
- MBB346 From Zygote to Organism
Level 2 Modules
- FCP201 Molecules to Market
- MBB262 Genetics 2
- MBB265 Practical Molecular Bioscience 2 (Module Coordinator)
Level 1 Modules
- MBB164 Molecular Biology
I supervise literature reviews and research projects in biotechnology and science communication. See the Alvey Website for project opportunities in the MBB Beer lab or feel free to email me with your creative project suggestions!
- Professional activities
- 2016: Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
- 2016 - present: Member of the Genetics Society
- 2007 - present: Gatsby Plant Science Network
- 1999: Sutton Trust Alumni Network
- Projects Coordinator
- Level 2 Year Tutor
- Coordinator for programmes with Employment Experience (dEE)
- Global Opportunities and Exchanges Tutor
- MBB Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (acting chair)
- Faculty of Science Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Faculty of Science Widening Participation Forum