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Post Doctoral Fellows
Through the use of many techniques (including genetics, genome editing, molecular biology, and biochemistry), I am elucidating the function of protein phosphatases and a novel gene in the regulation of stem cell development in Arabidopsis.
My research is focused on better understanding the signaling components of the plant stem cell niche. Receptors and ligands are the primary players that allow stem cells to communicate with each other and I am currently studying the CLV2-CRN receptor complex as well as the CLE peptides that are thought to bind them.
There are 32 Arabidopsis CLE genes, which are scattered across the genome. Almost all Arabidopsis tissues express at least three CLE genes, by analysis of CLE promoter-driven reporters. However, assessing the biological roles of these small signaling peptide gene families has proven to be a significant challenge, primarily due to a lack of hypomorphic or null alleles. To gain understanding into developmental processes, which are controlled by signal transduction pathways, a functional analysis of members of the CLE polypeptide family is underway.
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