I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow in CPIB where I am uncovering the genetic mechanism patterning root vascular tissues.
About my research
In vascular plants the xylem and phloem form a vital transport network in vascular plants where water and nutrients can be transported from roots to shoots and photosynthetic accumulates can be transported from shoots to roots. It is essential that both xylem and phloem cells for in the correct position so that these cells can form a single continuous network connecting organs. As the vascular tissues form, the embryonic root changes from a radially symmetric organ to a highly organized with cells at discrete locations. In roots from the model plant, Arabidopsis the xylem cells form a single axis through the main root, but cereal crops such as rice have more complex patterns with between five and eight xylem poles. I am investigating the regulatory network that determines this pattern and how can differences in this network specify the different patterns seen in Arabidopsis and rice?
I did my PhD in Edinburgh in Justin Goodrich’s lab working on flowering time before joining Yka Helariutta’s lab in Helsinki where I developed a deep interest in roots and vascular tissues. I am a reviewer for several high quality journals such as Development and also agencies such as the Czech Science Foundation.