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Cora MacAlister

Date & Location: January 27, 2020, at 4p; Room 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building

Subject: Pathways regulating plant development, with a focus on proteins associated with the cell wall

Host: Courtney Hollender

About the Speaker

University: University of Michigan

Research Interests: My research focuses on the pathways regulating plant development and how changes in these pathways over evolutionary time have produced the incredible morphological and molecular diversity seen in today’s plants. The lab focuses in particular on proteins associated with the cell wall, a key structure regulating plant form. The cell wall is complex and is largely composed of carbohydrate chains including cellulose, hemicellulose and pectins as well as both structural and signaling proteins. Many wall associated proteins are heavily modified by the addition of sugars to the protein backbone in a process called glycosylation. The function of these proteins and their added sugars remain largely mysterious. The lab uses imaging, molecular and genetic techniques to understand wall-associated protein function in a number of model plant systems representing a broad range of evolutionary diversity.