I am an EPSRC-funded Systems Biology DTC student working on my PhD research with Dr Lindsay Turnbull, Prof. Phil Poole and Dr. Gail Preston at the University of Oxford. I previously studied at Wageningen University, the Netherlands (BSc biology, 2012).
In my PhD project, I am using a combination of mathematical modelling and experimental work to investigate: i) how legumes allocate resources to their own roots versus to their rhizobial symbionts under a wide range of external nitrogen conditions and; ii) how allocation decisions influence future rhizobial communities in the soil.
This work is funded by the EPSRC.
Westhoek, A, Field, E., Rehling, F., Mulley, G., Webb, I., Poole, P. and Turnbull, L. (2017). Policing the Legume-Rhizobium Symbiosis: A Critical Test of Partner Choice. Nature Scientific Reports 7 (1): 1419. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01634-2.