The CALS community is invited to attend a genetics faculty candidate presentation by Adrienne Roeder on how variable cells make reproducible organs in Arabidopsis. The talk will take place on Monday, Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1111 of the Genetics/Biotech building (425 Henry Mall).
Roeder has had a longstanding interest in combining biology with computation since she was an undergraduate student at Stanford, where she majored in Biology with a minor in Mathematical and Computational Science. She received her PhD from UC San Diego in 2005, studying fruit development and seedpod dehiscence in Arabidopsis with Martin Yanofsky. Then, as a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech with Elliot Meyerowitz, she developed the computational morphodynamics approach to understanding morphogenesis by combining live imaging, image processing, and computational modeling. She also began work on the Arabidopsis sepal as a simple model system for investigating morphogenesis. She is now the Nancy M. and Samuel C. Fleming Term Associate Professor in the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology and the School of Integrative Plant Science, Section of Plant Biology at Cornell University. Her laboratory uses molecular genetics, live imaging, image processing, and computational modeling to study how cell sizes and organ sizes and shapes are controlled in Arabidopsis. This research has revealed the importance of stochasticity and heterogeneity at the cellular level, which the plant uses to develop robust organs with the correct sizes, shapes, and functions.