Dr John Love
Associate Professor in Plant & Industrial Biotechnology
Biocatalysis Centre BC2.1
Biocatalysis Centre, University of Exeter, The Henry Wellcome Building for Biocatalysis, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD , UK
Dr John Love
I am an Associate Professor in Plant and Industrial Biotechnology. I joined the University of Exeter in 2003. I am the director of the Exeter Microbial Biofuels Group and lead an innovative research programme into plant cell signalling and bioenergy that employs a multidisciplinary combination of high throughput molecular biology, cellular imaging, biochemistry, bioinfomatics and synthetic biology.
In 2011/12 I held a BBSRC Industry Interchange Partnership with Shell Research UK where I was project manager for the photosynthetic microbial biofuels research programme at Shell Technology Centre Thornton.
Prior to Exeter I held a Broodbank Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, where I demonstrated a role for calcium-mediated signals in the perception of seasonality in flowering plants. I was a postdoctoral research associate at North Carolina State University, working closely with NASA scientists to understand the effects of microgravity on plant root growth; this experience brought me into contact with specialists from many different areas, and this multidisciplinary approach to solving problems has become a driver for my research.
My PhD was spent divided between laboratories at the University of Edinburgh and the Marine Biological Association, investigating the development of the early embryo in brown algae. This passion for primitive plants is the foundation of my interest in microalgae as an alternative energy source. I obtained my B.Sc. in Biology from the University of St Andrews.
In 2011, I won the “Smart Solutions Excellence with Impact Award for Outstanding Impact in Science and Technology R&D” for research into innovative optics for flat-panel photobioreactors in collaboration with Enlightened Designs Ltd. and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
1991-1994 PhD Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh
1986-1990 BSc Biological Sciences, University of St Andrews
2011-present Associate Professor in Plant and Industrial Biotechnology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter
2007-2011 Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Biology, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter
2003-2007 Lecturer in Developmental Biology, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter
2001-2003 Independent Broodbank Research Fellow, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
1996-2001 Postdoctoral Research Associate, NASA Specialized Center for Research & Training, North Carolina State University
1995-1996 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Institute of Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh
Dr John Love in the lab
The laboratory was established in the Autumn of 2003 and uses state-of-the-art molecular and cell biology to investigate cell signalling in plants during the vegetative-floral transition. In the long-term, this research aims to provide new understanding of systemic signalling in plants through the interaction between transductive models of cell signalling and inductive, transcriptional models of flowering.
I have previously shown that circadian and diurnal Ca2+ oscillations may encode information regarding the length of the light-dark cycle in which plants are grown, and are pursuing this observation further. I have developed A. thaliana that are impaired in circadian Ca2+ signalling, and am using these as well as mutant plants to investigate the role of Ca2+-mediated signal transduction. The laboratory is particularly interested in applying and developing recombinant technologies to image and quantify metabolites and cellular signalling components, particularly ascorbate and Ca2+. To facilitate this goal, we have developed several cross-disciplinary collaborations, most notably with Dr. N. Smirnoff (metabolic signalling). The laboratory fosters a collaborative approach to science in pure and applied research, and has partnerships within Exeter University, the South-West and Internationally.
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- Dec. 2010: Winner of the Smart Solutions Excellence with Impact award for Outstanding Impact in Science and Technology R&D, in collaboration with Enlightened Designs Ltd.
- Aug. 2010: Winner of the "European Biophysics Award" for presentation of the paper entitled "Perfluorodecalin as an In-Vivo Mounting Medium (Littlejohn G R and Love J)" at the Societa Italiana di Fisica International School of Physics "Enrico Fermi" CLXXVII Course "Advanced Methods in Optical Fluorescence Microscopy Towards Nanoscopy".
- Mar. 2011: Winner of the "Most Innovative Lecturer 2010/11" in Biosciences and runner up for the "Most Innovative Lecturer" by the University of Exeter Students' Guild.
- Mar. 2010: Awarded "Most Innovativve Lecturer 2009/10" and "Lecturer of the Year 2009/10" in Biosciences by the University of Exeter Students' Guild.
- Mar. 2007: Awarded status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- Expert witness for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Fact Finding Meeting on Biofuels, Mar. 2010.
- Oct. 2008/12: Elected member of the Society for Experimental Biology Cell Biology Section Committee.
- Oct. 2008: Elected member of the Society for for General Microbiology Committee (Eukaryotic Division).
- July 2011: Organiser of the Society for Experimental Biology 3-day symposium entitled “Frontiers in Algal biology”.
- Mar. 2011: Invited Speaker at the UK/Spain Algal Biofuels Workshop (Madrid), organised by the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) and the British Embassy in Madrid.
- Feb. 2011: Invited Speaker. “Enhanced Algal Growth in Microlensed Photobioreactors”. Biofuels in the UK: Challenges and Opportunities; Industry/academia exchange conference organised by EuroCsiCon, London.
- Feb. 2011: Invited Presentation: “Hydrocarbon Production in Botryococcus braunii.” Shell India Markets PVT, Bangalore, India.
- Jan. 2011: Invited Conference Presentation: “Enhanced Algal Growth in Microlensed Photobioreactors”. Algal Bioenergy Symposium, University of Bath.
- Jun. 2010: Invited Conference Presentation: “High Resolution Confocal Imaging in Air-filled Tissues”; Society for Experimental Biology annual meeting. Prague.
- May 2010: Invited Seminar: “Single Cell Resolution of Circadian Ca2+ Dynamics Using Transgenic Biosensors” Imperial College, London.
- May 2008: Invited Seminar: “Organ and Single Cell Ca2+ Dynamics During Photoperiodism in Arabidopsis thaliana. Scottish Crop Research Institute.
- Nov. 2006: Invited Seminar: “Photoperiodic Information Encoded by Ca2+ Oscillations” University of Birmingham.
- Jun. 2004: Invited Seminar: “Photoperiodic Information Encoded by Ca2+ Oscillations” University of Edinburgh.
- Organiser of the Society for Experimental Biology 3-day symposium entitled “Frontiers in Algal biology”. Glasgow, July 2011.
- Organiser of the “Biofuels” section of the Society for General Microbiology meeting in Edinburgh, Sep. 2009.
As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, I am committed to excellence and innovation in teaching. In conjunction with my colleagues, I aim to foster an appreciation of Biological Sciences and an eagerness for learning through the integration of lectures, practical classes, research projects and self-development.
I am the Director of Education and Director of undergraduate Plant Science.
I am co-director of the MSc programme in Food Security.
As a personal tutor to L1-L3 undergraduates, I believe in establishing an excellent rapport and working relationship with students. I have introduced several innovative practices into the biotechnology stream to raise awareness of employability skills and entrepreneurship, including inviting lecturers from Industry and Government Departments, an assessed teamwork presentation based on "Dragon's Den" and a seminar style module at Level 3.
I have been the module coordinator for: "Introduction to Biotechnology" (Bio1313), "High-Throughput Biotechnology" (Bio2073), "Developmental Biology" (bio2043/57), "Medical Biotechnology" (Bio3072) and "Essetials of Molecular Biology" (BioM503) and have lectured in the field of cell and molecular biology, including "Plant Biology" (Bio2-42) "Functional Genomics" (Bio3035) and "Cell Biology" (Bio3054).
- Christine Sambles