Researcher at John Innes Centre, Director of the Youth STEMM Award
Samantha is Director of the Youth STEMM Award and a researcher in the Enrico Coen lab at the John Innes Centre.
A major challenge in biology is to understand how buds comprising a few cells can give rise to complex plant and animal appendages, like leaves or limbs. She is addressing this problem through a combination of high resolution time-lapse imaging of growing leaf buds, clonal analysis and computational modelling. Samantha works closely with computer scientists and together they have generated a model that shows how leaf shape can arise according to a few simple rules. She is currently expanding the model of leaf growth to incorporate patterns of cell division and using it to investigate mechanisms that underlie the control of cell division arrest.
In addition to her research she is the JIC Youth Aspiration Champion and is passionate about broadening young people’s horizons about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and in particular increasing the diversity of those who go on to study those subjects post 16.
Samantha leads the JIC Women of the Future conference, the Year 10 Science Camp and is the co-founder of the Youth STEMM Award.