The Carnegie Institution was created in 1902 with the intention that it “shall in the broadest and most liberal manner encourage investigation, research, discovery, and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind.” The Institution seeks to pursue this goal by nurturing exceptional scientists in a flexible environment with the financial independence to pursue their own research interests.
Carnegie's Department of Plant Biology has a long and distinguished history and is located on the Stanford University campus. Scientists here study the genetic and molecular mechanisms that underpin plant growth and adaptation. They use several complementary approaches (genomic, proteomic, computational, and cell biological approaches) to understand the fundamental processes of cell signaling, gene regulation, metabolic networks, cell morphogenesis, development, photosynthesis and responses to the environment. The unique combination of broad scientific interests and technical expertise creates an excellent environment for research and training. Our goal is to generate fundamental knowledge that will help provide solutions to the challenges of food security and the changing environment for current and future generations.