The role of mechanics in organ size and shape robustness of Arabidopsis

Saturday, October 12, 2019
3:30 – 4:00 pm
Whitaker Hall 100

Biographical Information

Dr. Adrienne 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.  Then she was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech where she was involved in establishing the computational morphodynamics approach to understanding morphogenesis by combining live imaging, image processing, and computational modeling. Now she is 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 lab uses a computational morphodynamics approach to study how cell sizes and organ sizes are controlled in Arabidopsis.  Through this research, the themes emerging are the importance of stochasticity and heterogeneity at the cellular level which the plant utilizes to develop robust organs with the correct size, shape, and functions.