2013-2014 Committee (Founder)

The 2013-2014 Committee founded BSPS. It started its functions on the summer of the year 2013, and welcomed the new postgraduate students for the first time in September.

Scroll down to see all the members. Click on their names for accessing their University of Southampton profiles. There you can find more information about their research and CV.


Name: Nancy Wong

Research Status: Final year PhD Researcher

PhD Project: Investigating whether there is a conserved function for the GTG/GPHR family of membrane proteins using a variety of biochemical, physiological, cellular and molecular techniques in Arabidopsis thaliana, Caenorhabditis elegans, Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

My Role on BSPS: In the final months of being on BSPS I am acting as the society consultant, supervising the enterprise and general running of the society. My past role was founding member and President whom managed the society, which was nominated for the Engagement Excellence in Volunteering Award this year. Taking lead on this role enabled me to direct the expansion of a great new society; one of few postgraduate communities, and in doing so I won two Excellence in Volunteering Awards for Leadership and Volunteering this year.

Fun Fact: I am probably the only PhD student who enjoys writing her thesis!



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Name: Zoe M Harris

Research Status: 2nd year PhD candidate

PhD Project: My research looks at the effect of land use change to short rotation coppice (SRC) willow for bioenergy on soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. My PhD is mainly field –based using several environmental monitoring techniques including eddy covariance, gas sampling and soil sampling.

Fun Fact: I have named all the kit at my field site: Sir Flux-a-lot, Betty the Metty and Max Power!



Name: Emily Farthing

Research Status: 1st year PhD candidate

PhD Project: My project investigates how plants (particularly Arabidopsis and wheat) regulate their internal manganese concentrations homeostatically. Manganese is critical for both plant and human nutrition but becomes toxic when present in excess, causing big crop yield losses under both toxicity and deficiency. Understanding how plants are able to control their manganese levels could help us to improve agricultural yields in the future.

Fun Fact: Manganese is not the same as magnesium!



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Name: Przemyslaw Ociepa

Research Status: 1st year PhD candidate

PhD Project: I currently work on two projects related to plant cell wall. In the first one I try to understand the action of PME and PMEI enzymes involved in modification of pectins. The second one focuses on metabolome response to cell wall damages.

Fun Fact: While working abroad, I have managed to lock myself in a cold room. No phone, almost no one in a building. As you can see, I escaped.