Jane A. Langdale

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Jane Langdale

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Jane Langdale at Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2015
Jane Alison Langdale

(1960-08-25) 25 August 1960 (age 62)[1]
EducationBarr's Hill School
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisGene detection using immobilised DNA probes (1985)

Jane Alison Langdale, CBE FRS (born 1960)[1] is a British geneticist and academic. She is Professor of Plant Development in the Department of Biology at the University of Oxford[6][7] and a Professorial Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford.[8][9][10][11][12]


Langdale was educated at Barr's Hill Grammar School in Coventry[1][8] and the University of Bath, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Biology in 1982, specialising in microbiology.[13][3][8] Her PhD was in human genetics[13] and carried out at St Mary's Hospital Medical School[8] and Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School[14][15] and awarded by the University of London.[16]

Career and research[edit]

Following her PhD, Langdale was employed for five years as a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University with Tim Nelson.[13][17] She returned to the UK in 1990, to work in the Department of Plant Sciences (since 2022 the Department of Biology) where she has worked since.[13] Langdale's research interests[6][7][18] are in two main areas:

  1. the evolution of leaf development and meristem function in bryophytes, lycophytes and monilophytes
  2. the evolution and development of kranz anatomy in C4 plants,[19]

Langdale's research has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) [20] and has been published in leading peer reviewed scientific journals including Nature,[21] Science,[22] Current Opinion in Plant Biology,[23] Development,[24] Gene,[14] Trends in Genetics,[25]The Plant Cell,[26][27][28] Annual Review of Plant Biology,[29] Planta,[30] Plant Physiology,[31] Journal of Cell Science,[32] The EMBO Journal,[33] The Plant Journal, PLOS ONE[34] Genes & Development[5] and the New Phytologist.[35][36][37]

Langdale is the co-author of the book How to Succeed as a Scientist: From Postdoc to Professor[38] with materials scientist Barbara Gabrys. She featured on the BBC series, Plants: From Roots to Riches in 2014 with Kathy Willis.[39][40]

Awards and honours[edit]

Langdale was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015.[41] Her certificate of election reads:

Jane Langdale has produced a body of work that has transformed our understanding of how plants make leaves and how leaves changed during major evolutionary transitions. The breadth of her research program has led to the elucidation of mechanisms operating throughout leaf development – from the earliest stages of organ inception and specification at the shoot apex, through patterning of distinct cell-types, to chloroplast biogenesis. She has done all of this in a comparative framework and has thus advanced our understanding of leaf development not just in model flowering plant species but in species from all major land plant lineages.[42]

Langdale was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2007[2] and appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to Plant Science.[43][44] She was awarded a Doctor of Science degree (DSc) honoris causa by the University of Bath in 2018.[3]

She was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States in April 2019.[4]

She was elected a corresponding member of the Australian Academy of Science in 2020.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Langdale has always had Airedale Terriers[45] and is the elder sibling of the barrister Rachel Langdale King's Counsel (KC).[46][47]


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  2. ^ a b Anon (2007). "Jane Langdale EMBO profile". people.embo.org. European Molecular Biology Organization.
  3. ^ a b c Scott, Rod (2018). "Professor Rod Scott's oration on Jane Langdale for the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in July 2018". bath.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b Anon (2019). "Jane A. Langdale, University of Oxford: Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences". nasonline.org. National Academy of Sciences.
  5. ^ a b Langdale, J A; Rothermel, B A; Nelson, T (1988). "Cellular pattern of photosynthetic gene expression in developing maize leaves". Genes & Development. 2 (1): 106–115. doi:10.1101/gad.2.1.106. ISSN 0890-9369. PMID 3356335.
  6. ^ a b Jane A. Langdale publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ a b Jane A. Langdale publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ a b c d "Jane Langdale, The Queen's College". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Plant Sciences Staff: Prof. JA Langdale". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 30 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Jane Langdale Lab, Department of Plant Sciences". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 15 August 2014.
  11. ^ Interview with Jane Langdale, conference chair The EMBO Meeting 2011 on YouTube
  12. ^ Ethics and plant science – improving food yields in a changing environment with Jane Langdale on YouTube
  13. ^ a b c d Langdale, Jane (2017). "Jane Langdale". Current Biology. 27 (13): R628–R629. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.05.030. ISSN 0960-9822.
  14. ^ a b Langdale, J. A.; Malcolm, A. D. B. (1985). "A rapid method of gene detection using DNA bound to Sephacryl". Gene. 36 (3): 201–210. doi:10.1016/0378-1119(85)90175-1. PMID 3000872.
  15. ^ Malcolm, A. D.; Fallon, R. A.; Langdale, J. A.; Figueiredo, H; Nicholls, P. J.; Voss, U. B.; Wickenden, C; Woodhead, J. L. (1987). "DNA probes in human disease". Biochemical Society Symposium. 53: 131–43. PMID 3332764.
  16. ^ Langdale, Jane Alison (1985). Gene detection using immobilized DNA probes. london.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of London. OCLC 940272130. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015.
  17. ^ Langdale, J. A.; Rothermel, B. A.; Nelson, T. (1988). "Cellular pattern of photosynthetic gene expression in developing maize leaves". Genes & Development. 2 (1): 106–115. doi:10.1101/gad.2.1.106. PMID 3356335.
  18. ^ Jane A. Langdale publications from Europe PubMed Central
  19. ^ Langdale, J. A. (2011). "C4 cycles: Past, present, and future research on C4 photosynthesis". The Plant Cell. 23 (11): 3879–92. doi:10.1105/tpc.111.092098. PMC 3246324. PMID 22128120.
  20. ^ "UK Government research grants awarded to Jane Langdale". Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 6 May 2015.
  21. ^ Harrison, C. J.; Corley, S. B.; Moylan, E. C.; Alexander, D. L.; Scotland, R. W.; Langdale, J. A. (2005). "Independent recruitment of a conserved developmental mechanism during leaf evolution". Nature. 434 (7032): 509–14. Bibcode:2005Natur.434..509H. doi:10.1038/nature03410. PMID 15791256. S2CID 4335275.
  22. ^ Tsiantis, M; Schneeberger, R; Golz, J. F.; Freeling, M; Langdale, J. A. (1999). "The maize rough sheath2 gene and leaf development programs in monocot and dicot plants". Science. 284 (5411): 154–6. Bibcode:1999Sci...284..154T. doi:10.1126/science.284.5411.154. PMID 10102817. S2CID 43880145.
  23. ^ Hibberd, J. M.; Sheehy, J. E.; Langdale, J. A. (2008). "Using C4 photosynthesis to increase the yield of rice—rationale and feasibility". Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 11 (2): 228–231. doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2007.11.002. PMID 18203653.
  24. ^ Schneeberger, R; Tsiantis, M; Freeling, M; Langdale, J. A. (1998). "The rough sheath2 gene negatively regulates homeobox gene expression during maize leaf development". Development. 125 (15): 2857–65. doi:10.1242/dev.125.15.2857. PMID 9655808.
  25. ^ Langdale, J. A.; Nelson, T. (1991). "Spatial regulation of photosynthetic development in C4 plants". Trends in Genetics. 7 (6): 191–6. doi:10.1016/0168-9525(91)90435-S. PMID 1906211.
  26. ^ Waters, M. T.; Wang, P; Korkaric, M; Capper, R. G.; Saunders, N. J.; Langdale, J. A. (2009). "GLK transcription factors coordinate expression of the photosynthetic apparatus in Arabidopsis". The Plant Cell Online. 21 (4): 1109–28. doi:10.1105/tpc.108.065250. PMC 2685620. PMID 19376934.
  27. ^ Nelson, T; Langdale, J. A. (1989). "Patterns of leaf development in C4 plants". The Plant Cell Online. 1 (1): 3–13. doi:10.1105/tpc.1.1.3. PMC 159732. PMID 2535465.
  28. ^ Rossini, L; Cribb, L; Martin, D. J.; Langdale, J. A. (2001). "The maize golden2 gene defines a novel class of transcriptional regulators in plants". The Plant Cell. 13 (5): 1231–44. doi:10.1105/tpc.13.5.1231. PMC 135554. PMID 11340194.
  29. ^ Nelson, T.; Langdale, J. A. (1992). "Developmental Genetics of C4 Photosynthesis". Annual Review of Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology. 43: 25–47. doi:10.1146/annurev.pp.43.060192.000325.
  30. ^ Wang, P; Fouracre, J; Kelly, S; Karki, S; Gowik, U; Aubry, S; Shaw, M. K.; Westhoff, P; Slamet-Loedin, I. H.; Quick, W. P.; Hibberd, J. M.; Langdale, J. A. (2013). "Evolution of GOLDEN2-LIKE gene function in C3 and C4 plants". Planta. 237 (2): 481–95. doi:10.1007/s00425-012-1754-3. PMC 3555242. PMID 22968911.
  31. ^ Tolley, B. J.; Sage, T. L.; Langdale, J. A.; Hibberd, J. M. (2012). "Individual maize chromosomes in the C3 plant oat can increase bundle sheath cell size and vein density". Plant Physiology. 159 (4): 1418–27. doi:10.1104/pp.112.200584. PMC 3425187. PMID 22675083.
  32. ^ Hodges, M. E.; Scheumann, N; Wickstead, B; Langdale, J. A.; Gull, K (2010). "Reconstructing the evolutionary history of the centriole from protein components". Journal of Cell Science. 123 (Pt 9): 1407–13. doi:10.1242/jcs.064873. PMC 2858018. PMID 20388734.
  33. ^ Langdale, J. A.; Zelitch, I; Miller, E; Nelson, T (1988). "Cell position and light influence C4 versus C3 patterns of photosynthetic gene expression in maize". The EMBO Journal. 7 (12): 3643–51. doi:10.1002/j.1460-2075.1988.tb03245.x. PMC 454936. PMID 2850171.
  34. ^ Saint-Marcoux, D; Proust, H; Dolan, L; Langdale, J. A. (2015). "Identification of Reference Genes for Real-Time Quantitative PCR Experiments in the Liverwort Marchantia polymorpha". PLOS One. 10 (3): e0118678. Bibcode:2015PLoSO..1018678S. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118678. PMC 4370483. PMID 25798897. open access
  35. ^ Sanders, H. L.; Langdale, J. A. (2013). "Conserved transport mechanisms but distinct auxin responses govern shoot patterning in Selaginella kraussiana". New Phytologist. 198 (2): 419–28. doi:10.1111/nph.12183. PMID 23421619.
  36. ^ Hodges, M. E.; Wickstead, B; Gull, K; Langdale, J. A. (2012). "The evolution of land plant cilia". New Phytologist. 195 (3): 526–40. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04197.x. PMID 22691130.
  37. ^ Bravo-Garcia, A; Yasumura, Y; Langdale, J. A. (2009). "Specialization of the Golden2-like regulatory pathway during land plant evolution". New Phytologist. 183 (1): 133–41. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.02829.x. PMID 19383092.
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