John Bowman

Research Overview

John's research is focused on the evolution and development of land plants. His lab uses the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha as model genetic systems. The genomes of both organisms are available, as are approaches to generate loss- and gain-of-function alleles. Using these systems the lab addresses fundamental questions in plant evolution and development. The lab is primarily focused on two research areas. First, we are investigating the evolution and molecular basis of the alternation of generations of land plants, whereby both the haploid and diploid phases of the life cycle develop complex multicellular bodies. Second, we are interested in the origin of pattern formation and development of land plant body plans in both generations.

Research Group

Research Fellows

  • Dr John Alvarez
  • Dr Magnus Eklund
  • Dr Chihiro Furumizu
  • Dr Yuki Hirakawa

PhD Students

  • Tom Dierschke
  • Eduardo Flores
  • Joe Ryan