Professor Colin Brownlee


The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Colin Brownlee co-ordinates the Cell and Molecular Programme of the MBA. His research addresses fundamental aspects of the biology of the marine organisms that are of critical importance in regulation of the Earth’s climate, and which also provide ideal models for understanding fundamental aspects of cell biology. He has a primary focus on cellular transport, homeostasis and signalling in phytoplankton and multicellular algae. He studies environmentally important groups, such as the calcifying coccolithophores and adopts a multidisciplinary approach to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying major biogeochemical processes. A key strategic driver of much of this research is to provide a better understanding of how phytoplankton populations may respond or adapt to changing condmore...

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  1. Taylor, AR; Brownlee, C; Wheeler, G. 2016 Coccolithophore Cell Biology: Chalking Up Progress. Annual Review of Marine Science, 9 (1). 283-310. 10.1146/annurev-marine-122414-034032

  2. Walker, CE; Taylor, AR; Langer, G; Durak, GM; Heath, S; Probert, I; Tyrrell, T; Brownlee, C; Wheeler, GL. 2018 The requirement for calcification differs between ecologically important coccolithophore species. New Phytologist. 10.1111/nph.15272

  3. Wheeler, G; Helliwell, KE; Brownlee, C. 2018 Calcium signalling in algae. Perspectives in Phycology. 10.1127/pip/2018/0082

  4. Brownlee, C. 2018 Stomatal Physiology: Cereal Successes. Current Biology, 28 (9). R551-R553. 10.1016/j.cub.2018.03.055

  5. Chrachri, A; Hopkinson, BM; Flynn, KJ; Brownlee, C; Wheeler, G. 2018 Dynamic changes in carbonate chemistry in the microenvironment around single marine phytoplankton cells. Nature Communications, 9 (1). 10.1038/s41467-017-02426-y

  6. Brownlee, C. 2017 Plant Physiology: The Venus Flytrap Counts on Secretion. Current Biology, 27 (15). R763-R764. 10.1016/j.cub.2017.06.029

  7. Edel, KH; Marchadier, E; Brownlee, C; Kudla, J; Hetherington, AM. 2017 The Evolution of Calcium-Based Signalling in Plants. Current Biology, 27 (13). R667-R679. 10.1016/j.cub.2017.05.020

  8. Durak, GM; Brownlee, C; Wheeler, G. 2017 The role of the cytoskeleton in biomineralisation in haptophyte algae. Scientific Reports, 7 (1). 10.1038/s41598-017-15562-8

  9. McKeown, DA; Stevens, K; Peters, AF; Bond, P; Harper, GM; Brownlee, C; Brown, MT; Schroeder, DC. 2017 Phaeoviruses discovered in kelp (Laminariales). The ISME Journal, 11 (12). 2869-2873. 10.1038/ismej.2017.130

  10. Brownlee, C; Taylor, AR. 2016 Calcification. In: Borowitzka, MA; Beardall, J; Raven, JA, (eds.) The Physiology of Microalgae. Springer International Publishing, 301-308, 8pp. (Developments in Applied Phycology, 8).