@jrbe I like the former, but the shorthand of R&R is usually for Rest and Relaxation, which is not what academia conjures for most so let’s go with Publish & Perish.

PS I am currently running a D&D campaign at a University setting. I have been trying to get as many in jokes into is as possible (all players work or study at the uni).

@rohan that would be great. So many hypotheses to test and misconceptions to eliminate.

If you could choose one extinct organism to study from the past, what would it be?

For me it would probably be the Last Eukaryotic Common Ancestor (LECA), to see what we were like before animals and plants diverged.

Or a land plant from ~500mya to see what early plants were really like and how similar to modern day mosses and liverworts they really are.

When performing plant genetic engineering, we often have to choose between cell type/tissue specific expression or condition (chemical/stress) induced. 

With genetic circuits we can make a new system that combines the properties of both. Read more here:


For anyone interesting in the debate around GMOs, I did write a blog post about it:

Genetically modified myths examined.


If people want a short and accessible article summarising genetic circuits in plants (including my recent work), please check out this prelight.

I am always happy to discuss value and limitations of genetic circuits in plants or genetic engineering in general.


Hi I am a researcher building genetic circuits in plants and interesting in an academic career. Here is a link to some of my work: biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/20

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