Lina is a former graduate student and current postdoc in the lab. Lina's recent paper showed that the endodermis is an important signaling center during the regulation of lateral root growth in high saline conditions. She is extending this work using a genetic approach to identify new genes that control the spatial patterning of ABA responses under stress.
Graduate student, NUS
Wu Rui is our genome hacker trying to crack the cis-element code controlling spatiotemporal aspects of the salt stress transcriptional response. She has recently defended and will head to Detlef Weigel's lab at the Max Planck Institute for her postdoc. Good luck Wu Rui!
Shahram is a true Silicon Valley native having originally worked at Sun Microsystems. Shahram later decided to apply his computational skills to answer biological questions and received his PhD from UC Davis working with Alan Rose and Ian Korf to understand intron-mediated enhancement of gene expression. He has now turned his attention 5' to the role of cis-regulatory element control of complex gene expression patterns in the plant.
Graduate student, Stanford Biology
A native of Arizona, Neil understands the importance of water for plant biology. When he's not imagining what each lab member looks like in cartoon form, he's developing methods for understanding hydropatterning in maize roots. Neil is using genetic and physiological approaches to understand how water creates positional biases in the root that regulate root development.
Ruben comes from Spain where he studied iron transportation mechanisms in Javier Abadia's lab. Not happy enough with the gel-based systems commonly used, Ruben is working to develop soil-based imaging systems that will allow us to explore novel aspects of biology in the "hidden half" of the plant.
MC has worked for renowned scientists such as Charles Yanofsky and Carlos Bustamante at Stanford University on topics ranging from regulatory mechanisms in bacteria to human evolution. Never one to shy away from a challenge, MC is now pioneering the use of Setaria viridis as a model grass species to understanding tissue-specific responses to drought stress.
Pronounced "Jos", Jose comes to our lab from the Boyce Thomson Institute where he worked with Jiyoung Lee to understand the regulation of root growth by SHORTROOT and cytokinin signaling. Jose brings his developmental credentials to bear on the problem of how root growth and development are affected by drought in Setaria viridis.
Coming from the lab of Olivier Loudet at Versailles, France, Charlotte is a natural at understanding the role of genetic variation in controling environmental responses. Charlotte is working on a collaborative project with Erik Volbrecht, Sarah Hake, David Jackson, Torbert Rocheford and Qunfeng Dong to understand how drought stress controls the growth and patterning of the maize inflorescence. If this wasn't challenging enouch, Dr. Trontin is also working to define the osmosensory pathway in roots through the development of novel transcriptomic and reporter-based approaches.