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Thomas Irving

Thomas Irving

Post-doctoral researcher
Cereal symbioses


I'm a post-doc in the Cereal Symbiosis group, and will be working on identifying the endogenous ligand of D14L; taking positive hits from a chemical genomics screen and working with the Sainsbury Labs to design a FRET based biosensor to screen these, then confirming candidates with ITC and in planta

This is my second post-doc in a career focused on the molecular genetics of plant root symbioses; having done my PhD at York with Michael Schultze and a post-doc at Madison, WI with Jean-Michel Ane.


Deciphering the Chitin Code in Plant Symbiosis, Defense, and Microbial Networks.

Khokhani D, Carrera Carriel C, Vayla S, Irving TB, Stonoha-Arther C, Keller NP, Ané JM.Annu Rev Microbiol. 2021 Oct 8;75:583-607. doi: 10.1146/annurev-micro-051921-114809.PMID: 34623896

 Spatiotemporal cytokinin response imaging and ISOPENTENYLTRANSFERASE 3 function in Medicago nodule development.

Triozzi PM, Irving TB, Schmidt HW, Keyser ZP, Chakraborty S, Balmant K, Pereira WJ, Dervinis C, Mysore KS, Wen J, Ané JM, Kirst M, Conde D.Plant Physiol. 2021 Sep 21:kiab447. doi: 10.1093/plphys/kiab447. Online ahead of print.PMID: 34599592 Free article.

 A critical review of 25 years of glomalin research: a better mechanical understanding and robust quantification techniques are required.

Irving TB, Alptekin B, Kleven B, Ané JM.New Phytol. 2021 Sep 5. doi: 10.1111/nph.17713. Online ahead of print.PMID: 34482540

 Perception of lipo-chitooligosaccharides by the bioenergy crop Populus.

R Cope K, B Irving T, Chakraborty S, Ané JM.Plant Signal Behav. 2021 Jun 3;16(6):1903758. doi: 10.1080/15592324.2021.1903758. Epub 2021 Apr 2.PMID: 33794743

 Are we there yet? The long walk towards the development of efficient symbiotic associations between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and non-leguminous crops.

Pankievicz VCS, Irving TB, Maia LGS, Ané JM.BMC Biol. 2019 Dec 3;17(1):99. doi: 10.1186/s12915-019-0710-0.PMID: 31796086 Free PMC article. Review.

 The Ectomycorrhizal Fungus Laccaria bicolor Produces Lipochitooligosaccharides and Uses the Common Symbiosis Pathway to Colonize Populus Roots.

Cope KR, Bascaules A, Irving TB, Venkateshwaran M, Maeda J, Garcia K, Rush TA, Ma C, Labbé J, Jawdy S, Steigerwald E, Setzke J, Fung E, Schnell KG, Wang Y, Schlief N, Bücking H, Strauss SH, Maillet F, Jargeat P, Bécard G, Puech-Pagès V, Ané JM.Plant Cell. 2019 Oct;31(10):2386-2410. doi: 10.1105/tpc.18.00676. Epub 2019 Aug 15.PMID: 31416823 Free PMC article.