Professor David Twell

Dave Twell

Professor of Plant Biology

Contact details

Adrian Building, Lab 311, Office 313

Internal: 2281
External: +44(0) 116 252 2281


Personal details

I studied Botany at Durham University where I became fascinated with plants, genes and development. I went on to study for a PhD at Rothamsted Experimental Station, Herts and Imperial College London, investigating plant transformation and storage protein genes in potato. I then decided to ‘go west’ as a Post Doctoral Research Geneticist to investigate sexual reproduction and gene regulation in tomato at the Plant Gene Expression Centre in Albany, CA.

I returned to the UK in 1990 having been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to study plant genetics and reproductive biology in the Leicester Biocentre. I subsequently joined the Department of Botany and was awarded a personal Chair at the University in 2000. I then moved to the Department of Biology and joined the Department of Genetics in 2015.



  • BS1003 Cell & Developmental Biology
  • BS3018 Genes & Development



Plant reproductive cell biology; Plant developmental biology; Molecular-genetics of plant sexual reproduction; Pollen Development; Genes and proteins regulating asymmetric cell division and germ cell specification; Transcriptional and cell cycle networks in male gametogenesis; Diversity and mechanisms of control by small RNA pathways in male gametophyte development.


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Department of Genetics
University of Leicester

Adrian Building
University Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3374
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3378
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Head of Department
Professor Alison Goodall


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