Sam Aroney

I graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia in July 2016 with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. I then moved to Oxford to begin a BBSRC Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP in October 2016, supported by a Brasenose Oxford-Australia Clarendon Scholarship.

During my DPhil project, I have focused on the swimming behaviour of Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar viciae 3841. I have especially been interested in the importance of flagellar swimming and chemotaxis during various stages of its symbiosis with pea (Pisum sativum). In addition, I investigating the metabolic control of swimming behaviour, both via chemotaxis and through independent mechanisms. I hope that this research will provide a better understanding of the role of these systems in symbiosis and thus allow their manipulation to help improve legume crop yield.

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In Oct 2019: DPhil Student, Year 4 of 4 years

Sam’s studies are funded by: