Date & Location: January 20, 2020, at 4p; Room 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building
Subject: (Re) programming cell identity and function in Arabidopsis
Host: Courtney Hollender
About the Speaker
University: Penn State
Research Interests: Our research focuses on the reprogramming of cell identity and function during developmental transitions and in response to environmental inputs in plants. Reprogramming offers a window of opportunity to unravel the regulatory logic that underlies cell fate and function as existing programs are shut down and new one’s are put in place. Plants are an excellent experimental system to address this question as they tailor their final form and cell function to a changing environment to optimize growth and survival. We have shown that master transcriptional regulators, hormone response and chromatin state together orchestrate cell fate reprogramming in plants.