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Precise regulation of a small number of cellular functions—division, growth, differentiation, communication, death—makes multicellular life possible. Plants offer a uniquely compelling context to study and engineer the pathways that control these functions. Learning how to program with plant logic could lead us to a new green revolution of more resource-efficient and climate-preserving crops, as well as shed light on fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology. For innovation within science, to foster retention of the most creative and productive researchers, and because it is the right thing to do, scientists must be trained to communicate and collaborate equitably and effectively. By developing smart plants, as well as smart teams that maximize the potential contributions of all of their members, I hope that my lab can contribute to reducing human suffering.
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