Prof. Colleen Doherty
Date & Location: November 6, 2017, at 4p; Room 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building
Subject: Plant Sensing and Response to Abiotic Stress
About the Speaker
University: North Carolina State University
Research Interests: The Doherty Lab seeks to understand how plants integrate signals from the environment when making decisions. We focus on how plants integrate time into the molecular and biochemical responses to abiotic stress.
"Abiotic stresses prevent crops from attaining optimal yields and cause significant variability in food production. Understanding how plants perceive and respond to these stressors can improve yield stability. Our goal is to improve plant yield in response to stress, reducing variability between seasons."
"We are interested in understanding how plants measure and track time to coordinate their activities."
"We study the intersection between the circadian clock and stress responses with a focus on monocot systems. We are investigating the effects of High Nighttime Temperature; Using the variation in response due to time allows us to dissect stress response networks."
"We employ biochemistry, molecular biology, network analysis, and statistical learning to identify the molecular signaling networks and changes in these networks that orchestrate adaptive stress responses in plants."