Name Dr Timothy C. Baldwin
Job Title Reader in Plant Cell Biology
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Sciences
Subject(s) Biopolymer Research Group
Tel 01902 322142


Tim’s first degree was in Applied Biological Sciences, followed by a PhD in Botany at the University of Reading. Upon completion of his PhD, Tim was appointed as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology at the John Innes Centre, Norwich. Subsequent to which he took up a post as a University Lecturer in the Botany Department at Universiti Sains Malaysia.

In 1999 Tim returned to the U.K. and was appointed as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. Tim has been a member of the academic of staff at Wolverhampton since 2001 and was appointed to his current post as Reader in Plant Cell Biology in 2013.

To date, Tim has co-supervised six PhD students to completion and is currently co-supervising two PhD students at Wolverhampton plus two PhD students based at Yunnan Agricultural University, P.R. China. Tim also teaches on a wide variety of modules, both the undergraduate and post graduate level. The subjects he teaches include plant biology, molecular and cell biology.

Research Interests

  • The role of the plant cell wall in plant growth and development.
  • Plant/pathogen interactions.
  • Orchid conservation.
  • Plant gum exudates.
  • Abiotic stress tolerance.  

Current Research Projects

  • An investigation of the molecular structure, composition and biophysical properties of Gum Arabic.
  • The role of the plant cell wall in the basal defence response to blast fungus infection in rice.
  • Increasing the success of community transfer when creating species rich meadows by improving the transfer and establishment of poor performing plant species.
  • An investigation of the structure and composition of dinoflagellate cell walls.
  • A physiological and biochemical analysis of selected aspects of drought tolerance in Cowpea.
  • The potential of carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) for the phytoremediation of cadmium-contaminated soils in Yunnan province, P. R. China

Research collaborations

  • Professor Li Chengyun, Yunnan Agricultural University, P.R. China.
  • Professor Christopher Howe, University of Cambridge.
  • Professor Peter Williams, Glyndwr University.
  • Paul Stanley, Electron Microscope Centre, University of Birmingham.

Membership of professional bodies and honours

  • Visiting Professor, Yunnan Agricultural University, P. R. China.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.
  • Member of the Botanical Society of America .

Recent Publications (since 2011)

Millner H.J. and Baldwin T.C. (2016). Floral micromorphology of the genus Restrepia (Orchidaceae) and potential consequences for pollination. Flora, 225,p. 10-19.

Gashua I.B; Williams, P.A and Baldwin T.C. (2016). Molecular characteristics, association and interfacial properties of gum Arabic harvested from both Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal.  Food Hydrocolloids, 61,p.514-522.

Gashua I.B; Williams P.A; Madav M.P. and Baldwin T.C. (2015). Characterisation and association behaviour of Nigerian and Sudanese Acacia gum exudates. Food Hydrocolloids, 51, p 405 – 413.

Bolton S.N; WhiteheadM.P; DudhiaJ; BaldwinT.C. and SuttonR. (2015).Investigating the post mortem molecular biology of cartilage and its potential forensic applications. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 60 (4), p. 1061 – 1067.

Millner H.J; McCrea A. R. and Baldwin T.C. (2015). An investigation of self-incompatibility within the genus Restrepia. American Journal of Botany, 102 (3), p. 487 -494.

Mortimer J.C; Yu X; Albrecht S; Sicilia F; Huichalaf M; Ampuero D; Murphy A.M; Matsunaga T; Michaelson L; Stephens E; Baldwin T.C; Ishii T; Napier JA; Weber A.P.M; Handford M.G. and Dupree P. (2013). Abnormal glycosphingolipid mannosylation triggers salicylic-acid mediated responses in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell,25 (5), p. 1881 - 1894.

Chua M; Hocking T.J; Chan K. and Baldwin T.C. (2013). Temporal and spatial regulation of glucomannan deposition and mobilization in corms of Amorphophallus konjac (Araceae). American Journal of Botany, 100, p. 337 – 345.

Potocka I; Baldwin T.C. and Kurczynska E. (2012). Distribution of lipid transfer protein 1 (LTP1) epitopes associated with morphogenic events during somatic embryogenesis of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. Plant Cell Reports, 31, p. 2031 – 2045

Zhang L-H; Jia B; Zhuo R-Y; Liu J-L; Pan H-Y; Baldwin T.C. and Zhang S-H. (2012). An acyl-acyl carrier protein thioesterase gene isolated from Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), CpFATB, enhances drought tolerance in transgenic tobacco (Nicotiana tobaccum). Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, 30, p. 433 – 442.

Chua M; Chan K; Hocking T.J; Williams P.A; Perry C. J. and Baldwin T.C. (2012) Methodologies for the extraction and analysis of konjac glucomannan from corms of Amorphophallus konjac K. Koch. Carbohydrate Polymers 87, p. 2202 – 2210.

DobrowolskaI; BanduchO; BaldwinT.C. and KurczynskaE. (2012). Differences in protodermal cell wall structure in zygotic and somatic embryos of Daucus carota (L.) cultured on solid and in liquid media. Protoplasma, 249, p. 117 – 129.

Zhang S-H; Wei Y; Liu J-L; Yu H-M; Yin J-H; Pan H-Y. and Baldwin T.C. (2011). CpCHT1 an apoplastic chitinase isolated from the corolla of wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox communis L.) exhibits both antifungal and antifreeze activities. Biologia Plantarum 55 (1), p. 141 – 148.