Di Stilio,Verónica

Associate Professor
(206) 616-5567 (office)
(206) 685-4755 (lab)
Web site
HCK 506A

Research Overview

The Di Stilio lab broadly investigates the genetic basis of key transitions during land plant evolution. The flower, and the interactions with pollinators that it enhances, are amongst the key innovations that have allowed angiosperms to become the most species-rich lineage of land plants. Current research in my laboratory takes an evolution-of-development approach to investigate the genetic basis of flower diversification. Our focus is on modulators of floral development (MADS-box and MYB transcription factors) as candidate genes for angiosperm diversification, and on their functional fate after gene duplication. We capitalize on the diversity of breeding and pollination systems in the genus Thalictrum, a basal Eudicot with a strategic phylogenetic position between model systems. Through comparative expression and functional analysis of reproductive organ identity genes, and of downstream genes responsible for features of the perianth involved in pollinator attraction, we hope to contribute to a deeper understanding of the genetic basis of flower diversification. We have recently begun to explore the ancestral role of flowering related gene orthologs in non flowering plant lineages.


Selected Publications