Professor of Botany
B117 Birge Hall
Ph.D. (1987) Edinburgh University
Plant cell biology; signal transduction; lipid signaling; tip growth; tropisms
I am interested in how plants sense and respond to
their environment and how these signals regulate plant development. The
research emphasis of my lab is to try to understand these processes at
the cellular level. We combine advanced microscopy approaches such as
confocal microscopy with biochemistry and molecular biology to address a
wide range of biological questions:
•How do roots and shoots sense and respond to gravity and touch stimuli?
•How does the root regulate its growth?
•How do tip growing cells such as pollen tubes and root hairs regulate their growth?
•How do the hormones gibberellin and abscisic acid regulate seed germination?