Madeleine Seale

Postdoctoral Research Associate


2016: PhD - Plant Development, University of Cambridge

2011: MA - Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Research summary

Madeleine's research focuses on plant form, function, development and biomechanics. Past work involved researching the role of hormones and genetics in the control of shoot branching. Currently, she is working on the form and function of the familiar dandelion fruit.  This interdisciplinary work aims to understand how the dandelion parachutes interact with their environment.  She is investigating the biomechanics of dandelion fruit structure to understand how its shape changes when wet and how this affects flight.  With this in mind, the project aims to uncover biological mechanisms that may be used to inspire micro-engineering applications.

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