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My lab is interested in understanding how signaling pathways fit into the broader contexts of time, location within an organism, and interaction with other signals. Specifically, we use a model plant called Arabidopsis thaliana to dissect the network by which seedlings change their form to take best advantage of their light environment. This process is called photomorphogenesis. Work from many groups over the past twenty years has produced a long list of factors linked to photoreceptors, the proteins that directly sense light and begin the process of photomorphogenesis. The goal of my research is to understand how these diverse proteins and small molecules create a robust and flexible network that shapes plant form.
1993 B.A. Biological Sciences, Wellesley College
1993-1995 Research Assistant, Whitehead Institute
2000 Ph.D. Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley
2000-2005 Post-doctoral fellow, Salk Institute