Sian Davies graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Genetics in 2008. She then commenced a PhD at the University of Warwick, investigating transcriptional regulation of the circadian clock in the model plant organism Arabidopsis thaliana. This project involved looking in detail at promoter regulation of the circadian clock gene LHY (Late elongated hypocotyl), focussing on elucidating functional roles for evolutionarily conserved promoter motifs and identifying environmental signalling pathways feeding into the circadian clock through transcription factor interactions with these motifs.
After completing her PhD, Sian worked as a molecular biology instructor for the University of Warwick 2014 undergraduate team for iGEM (international genetically engineered machine), a world-wide synthetic biology competition. She then completed a number of short research projects at the university, including investigating the genetic effects of different light inputs on the marine algae Ostreococcus tauri and investigating the relationship between the plant circadian clock and the microbial community profile in surrounding soil and rhizosphere.
Sian joined Micropathology in 2015 and is involved with the company’s molecular diagnostic work.