Professor W Paul Quick

School of Biosciences

Professor of Plant Physiology

  • BSc University of Essex (1981)
  • PhD, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK (1984)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Keele, UK (1984-1987),
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Universitat Bayreuth, FRG (1987-1991)
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and currently Professor of Plant Physiology in Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (1991-present)
Research interests

Research interests are focused on plant carbohydrate metabolism with a specific interest in photosynthesis. We have a general interest in understanding the biochemical and molecular basis of plant responses to their environment (e.g. CO2, light, nutrients), how this is signaled and the subsequent effects on both cellular metabolism and plant development.

More recently we have employed new technologies (micro array and mass spectrometry) to widen our understanding of the regulation of plant processes.


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Conference proceedings papers

  • Sparks CA, Castleden CK, West J, Habash DZ, Madgwick PJ, Paul MJ, Noctor G, Harrison J, Wu R, Wilkinson J , Quick WP et al (2001) Potential for manipulating carbon metabolism in wheat. ANNALS OF APPLIED BIOLOGY, Vol. 138(1) (pp 33-45) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Baxter CJ, Foyer CH, Rolfe SA & Quick WP (2001) A comparison of the carbohydrate composition and kinetic properties of sucrose phosphate synthase (SPS) in transgenic tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) leaves expressing maize SPS protein with untransformed controls. ANNALS OF APPLIED BIOLOGY, Vol. 138(1) (pp 47-55) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Greggains V, Finch-Savage WE, Quick WP & Atherton NM (2000) Putative desiccation tolerance mechanisms in orthodox and recalcitrant seeds of the genus Acer. SEED SCIENCE RESEARCH, Vol. 10(3) (pp 317-327) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Quick WP (1998) Transgenic plants as a tool to analyse the mechanistic basis for variation in plant growth. INHERENT VARIATION IN PLANT GROWTH (pp 199-219) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Adcock MD, Brooks A, Leegood RC & Quick WP (1995) The response of photosynthesis and carbon partitioning in Solanum tuberosum L at elevated CO2. PHOTOSYNTHESIS: FROM LIGHT TO BIOSPHERE, VOL 5 (pp 679-682) RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities
Professional activities
  • The Plant Biotechnology Journal
  • Member of the Bioinformatics Theme Panel for the Biochemical Society
  • Member of Society for Experimental Biology and the American Society of Plant Physiologists.
  • Gatsby Foundation Mentor for Plant Sciences

Seminars (-2005)

  • Society for Experimental Biology, Annual Conference (April 2005) Application of metabolite profiling to the identification of traits in a population of tomato introgression lines.
  • Association of Applied Biologists, Annual Conference on Strategies for Crop Improvement, Oxford. (Nov 2005) Systemic signalling of environmental signals in plants.
  • Current Advances in Photosynthesis, International Conference sponsored by Journal of Experimental Biology. (July 2003) The use of metabolomics as a tool in photosynthesis research.
  • Society for Experimental Biology, Annual Conference (April 2003) The structure and function of transaldolases in plants.
  • American Society of Plant Physiologists, Montreal (2002) Evidence for incomplete OPP pathway in the cytosol of plants.
  • Journal of Experimental Botany. Special Invitation Conference on Long Distance Signalling in Plants (2002) Systemmic signalling of Carbon Dioxide.
  • New Phytologist International Symposium on Stomata (2002) Chair of Cell-Signalling Session. New
  • Phytologist International Symposium on Stomata (2002) Co-author (Prof Woodward) CO2-Signalling in Plants.
  • Association of Applied Biologists, Annual Conference on Strategies for Crop Improvement, Aberystwyth. (2001) Genetic modification of sucrose metabolism.
  • Guest Speaker, Lund Molecular Biology Seminar Series The use of antisense technology to analyse plant metabolism. Lund, Sweden (2001); Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting,
  • Society for Experimental Biology Special Meeting "Resource allocation in crop plants" Sucrose transporters and their role in resource allocation in plants (2000)
  • Plenary Lecture, Scandinavian Society of Plant Physiology What can transgenic plants tell us about plant carbohydrate metabolism? Joennsu, Finland (2000)