About photoI’m Emily May Armstrong, PhD Student in the Institute of Molecular, Cell, & Systems Biology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. I’m investigating how plants respond to salt stresses, and how we can overcome the challenge to current crop species. I’m also interested in how plant roots grow and develop whilst responding to signals and stimuli in their environment.

I’m fascinated by natural diversity, plant adaptation, and protecting our fragile planet for future generations. My research is driven by a need to understand and improve food supply and sovereignty in the face of climate change; with the ultimate goal to ethically support indigenous communities in producing sustainable food.

I’m also a disability advocate, living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Type 3), POTS, MCAD, fibromyalgia and an anxiety disorder. I’m trying to break down barriers to discussing health in academia, and beyond.

In my spare time outside of academia; I grow tropical plants and succulents, am an avid vegan cook, and enjoy 35mm film street photography.


PhD candidate funded by MVLS Doctoral Training Partnership at the University of Glasgow; 2016-2020                                                                                                        

Investigating histone demethylation as a regulator of root system development and abiotic stress tolerance

  • Disabled Student’s Representative: 2016 onward
  • Internal Seminar Series Organiser: 2017 onward
  • MCSB Social Media Coordinator & Podcaster: 2016 onward
  • Features Writer, Specialist Editor & Copy Editor: theGIST Science Communication Magazine: 2016 onward

Visiting Researcher: University of Warwick 2017

Using a Fluorescence Activating Cell Sorting approach to identify tissue-specific transcriptional networks in response to transient salt stress.

MSc (Res) University of Glasgow: 2015-2016. Partially funded by Chelmsford Educational Fund

Histone demethylation as a regulator of root system architecture in response to nitrate deficiency

  • Glasgow Science Festival Media Correspondent & Videographer: 2016

BSc (Hons) Genetics University of Essex: First Class Honours & Deans List 2014 & 2015.

Heat Shock Transcription Factors: Evolution through photosynthetic organisms and transference of abiotic stress tolerance in yeast.

  • Student’s Union employee: Retail Supervisor 2013-2015
  • Ethics and Environment Elected Officer, 2014-2015
  • University of Essex employee: Student Ambassador: 2013-2015