Research Group

Post-doctoral Researchers:

Kanae Nishii (2007-2013)

Evolution of meristem genes in Gesneriaceae.

Collaborators: Michael Möller, Chun-Neng Wang , National Taiwan University

Mark Hughes (2002-2005)

Population genetics in the genus Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae).

Collaborators: Michael Möller, Prof Dirk Uwe Bellstedt, University of Stellenbosch; Dr Trevor J. Edwards, University of Natal) (Leverhulme Trust)

PhD Students:

Yun-Yu Chen (2015-2018)

Isolation of meristem genes in Streptocarpus.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Dr Kanae Nishii, Catherine Kidner (University of Edinburgh)

Wen-Hong Chen (2011-2013)

Conservation biology of Paraisometrum mileense W.T.Wang [now Oreocharis mileensis (W.T.Wang) Mich.Möller & A.Weber].

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Hong Wang, (Kunming Institute of Botany)

Carmen Puglisi (2009-2012)

The genus Paraboea (Gesneriaceae): taxonomy, biogeography, phylogeny and evolution.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, David Middleton, Richard Milne (University of Edinburgh)

Faten Filimban (2009-2012)

Arabian and African Senna. Taxonomic account and molecular phylogenetics, biogeography and cytology.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Toby Pennington, Barbara MacKinder, Toni Miller (University of Edinburgh)

Ram Chandra Poudel (2009-2012)

Species distribution and population genetics of Nepalese Taxus.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Li DeZhu (Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Ping Zhou (2008-2011)

Biosystematic studies in Corallodiscus (Gesneriaceae) in China.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Li Jie (Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Kanae Nishii: (2003-2007)

Meristem genes in Streptocarpus: PHAN and KNOX1.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Toshiyuki Nagata (University of Tokyo)

Margaret J. De Villiers (2004-2007)

Systematic studies in the genus Streptocarpus in Southern Africa.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Dirk Uwe Bellstedt (University of Stellenbosch)

Célia Cabral (2004-2007)

Taxonomic revision of the genus Vitex L. (Lamiaceae) in Africa.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Fatima Sales (University of Coimbra)

Joseph Milton (2003-2006)

Molecular systematics and Evo-Devo of Senecio section Senecio.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Richard Abbott (University of St.Andrews)

Raffaella Mantegazza (2003-2006)

The involvement and expression of meristem genes in the phyllomorphic concept in Streptocarpus.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Alberto Spada (University of Milan)

Pranee Palee (2001-2005)

The systematic of Didymocarpus Wallich and palynology of Thai Gesneriaceae.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, F. B. (Bruce) Sampson (Victoria University, Wellington, NZ), Vilaiwan Anusarnsunthorn (Chiang Mai University)

Jill Harrison (1998-2002)

Developmental genetics and evolution of plant form in Streptocarpus.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Jane Langdale, Quentin Cronk, Andrew Hudson (University of Edinburgh).

Chun-Neng [Bruce] Wang (1989-2002)

Systematics, developmental biology and population genetics of Titanotrichum oldhamii (Gesneriaceae).

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Quentin Cronk (University of Edinburgh)

Jessada Denduangboripant (1997-2001)

Molecular evolution of nuclear ribosomal DNA in Aeschynanthus and Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae).

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Mary Mendum†, Quentin Cronk (University of Edinburgh)

MSc Students:

Peter Upton (2014)

The distribution of conical cells in petals of Gesneriaceae with special emphasis on Streptocarpus and Aeschynanthus: implications for floral evolution.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Louis Ronse-de-Craene

Ciara Payne (2013)

Gesneriaceae flower anatomy in relation to pollination syndromes. 5/13-8/13.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Louis-Ronse-de Craene

William Palmer (2010)

The Asterids – dating and divergence.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, James Richardson

Shao-Pei Chou (2008)

Streptocarpus pollination syndromes.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Chun-Neng [Bruce] Wang (National Taiwan University)

Pavlos Georgiadis (2005)

Developmental and genetic dissection of floral morphology in Streptocarpus.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Catherine Kidner, Elspeth Haston

Darian Stark-Schilling (2004)

Taxonomy and phylogeny of New World Podocarpus species (Podocarpaceae) with special emphasis on the Caribbean and Central America.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Robert Mill, Martin Gardner

Marie Briggs (2004)

The taxonomy of Madagascan Saintpaulia-like Streptocarpus.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Louis Ronse De Craene

Suzie Prince (2004)

Studies in Jasione III: multidisciplinary approach to the taxonomy of Jasione (Campanulaceae) Supervisors: Michael Möller, Ian Hedge, Fatima Sales (University of Coimbra), Louis Ronse De Craene

Bandana Shakya (2004)

Systematic relationships of the Himalayan endemic Keraymonia (Umbelliferae).

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Mark Watson, Crinan Alexander

Andrew Chapman (2003)

Relationships in the genus Agalmyla (Gesneriaceae), inferred from molecular, morphological and cytological data.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Mary Mendum†).

Gwyneth McMaster (2003)

Streptocarpus ibityensis Humbert: population structure and taxonomy of a Malagasy herb.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Mark Hughes

Mary Adeyanjy (2003)

Phylogenetic analysis of the genus Antirrhinum based on the epidermal characters and the FIM-ERG intergenic region sequences.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Andrew Hudson, Thomas Guebitz

Joseph Milton (2003)

Jasione L. (Campanulaceae): taxonomy in Turkey and the Balkan area and their phylogenetic relationship to West Mediterranean taxa.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Ian Hedge, Fatima Sales (University of Coimbra)

Sílvia Pérez-Espona (2002)

Genus phylogeny and species relationships of Jasione (Campanulaceae), with emphasis on the montana-complex.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Ian Hedge, Fatima Sales (University of Coimbra)

Tsui-Han Lai (2001)

Comparative morphological and anatomical analysis of diverse Madagascan Streptocarpus morphs and Saintpaulia.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Mary Mendum†

Dennis Collins (2001)

An investigation of the species Taxus baccata, T. cuspidata and T. canadensis, and their reputed hybrids.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Robert Mill

Rebecca Oldham (2000)

Floral evolution in Streptocarpus: integrating morphological and developmental genetics.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Quentin Cronk

Helene Citerne (1999)

Examination of cycloidea-like genes in Gesneriaceae and their implication in the control of zygomorphy.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Quentin Cronk

Stephen O'Sullivan (1999)

Molecular phylogenetics of Madagascan Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae) using chloroplast trnL/F data.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Quentin Cronk

Kristine J. Brooks (1998)

Phylogenetic relevance of plastid types in Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae), with special reference to S. agg. rexii and the Igoda River population.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Quentin Cronk

Jill Harrison (1998)

The evolution of floral diversity in Streptocarpus.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Quentin Cronk

Martha Clokie (1997)

An investigation of the genus Saintpaulia using the developmental gene cycloidea and cryptic characters of leaf hairs.

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Quentin Cronk

BSc Students

Judith Schmidt (2006/7)

Untersuchungen zum Agrobacterium tumefaciens-vermittelten Gentransfer von Streptocarpus-Spezies [Investigations on Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated transformation of Streptocarpus species].

Supervisors: Michael Möller, Dr Traud Winkelmann, Dr Margrethe Serek (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

External Collaborators:

Abbott R, Prof, School of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, University of St Andrews, Fife, UK. Senecio (Asteraceae) phylogeny.

Anusarnsunthorn V, Prof, CMU Herbarium, Department of Biology, Chiang Mai University, THAILAND. Didymocarpus (Gesneriaceae) in Thailand.

Bellstedt DU, Prof, Department of Biochemistry, Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA. Finescale Biogeography and speciation in Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae).

Dimitar Djilianov, Abiotic Stress Group, AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria. European Gesneriaceae phylogeny and population genetics.

Edwards TJ, Prof, Curator University of Natal Herbarium (NU), Scottsville 3209 SOUTH AFRICA. Finescale biogeography and speciation in Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae).

Gao LM, Assoc. Prof, Dr, KunMing Institute of Botany, Yunnan, CHINA. Biogeography and taxonomy of Taxus (Taxaceae) in China.

Gu ZJ, Prof, KunMing Institute of Botany, Yunnan, CHINA. Cytology of Gesneriaceae genera endemic to China.

Kiehn M, Prof, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Vienna, AUSTRIA. Higher level phylogeny in Old World Gesneriaceae.

Kokubugata G, Dr, Tsukuba Botanical Garden, National Science Museum, Tokyo, Tsukuba, JAPAN. Hybridisation in Asteraceae; cytology of Lobelia (Campanulaceae).

Li DZ, Prof Dr, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China. Biogeography and taxonomy of Taxus (Taxaceae) in China.

Li J, Dr, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China. Biosystematic studies in Corallodiscus (Gesneriaceae). 

Nagata T, Prof, The University of Tokyo, Japan. Meristem genes in Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae).

Sales F, Dr, Prof Associada, Herbarium Curator, University of Coimbra, PORTUGAL. Phylogeny and biogeography in Jasione (Campanulaceae).

Shui YM, Dr, KunMing Institute of Botany, Yunnan, China. Flower morphology and breeding systems in Gesneriaceae.

Spada A, Dr, Università di Milano, ITALY. Meristem genes in Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae).

Wang CN, Prof, National Taiwan University, Taipei, TAIWAN. Floral genetics and evoution in Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae).   

Weber A, Prof, Centre of Botany, University of Vienna, AUSTRIA. Higher level phylogeny in Old World Gesneriaceae.

Wei YG, Prof, Guilin Institute of Botany, Guilin, CHINA. Phylogeny of small and monotypic genera of Gesneriaceae in China.

Winkelmann T, Dr, Leibniz University, Hanover, Germany. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae).

Yuan YM, Dr, Institut de Botanique, Université de Neuchâtel, SWITZERLAND. Phylogeny and biogeography of Exacum and tribe Exaceae (Gentianaceae).   

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