- Ph.D., Australian National University, Australia
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, John Innes Centre, UK
- Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellow, John Innes Centre, UK
- Group Leader, John Innes Centre, UK
- Unit Leader, Cell Function Research Unit, RIKEN Plant Science Center
- Team Leader, Cell Function Research Team, RIKEN Plant Science Center
- Team Leader, Cell Function Research Team, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (-current)
What controls ‘size’ in biological systems is a fundamental question but the intrinsic mechanism that mediates this control remains largely unknown. The goal of our research is to unravel genetic mechanisms that determine cell and organ size in plants and to explore new strategies to improve yield and quality of economically important plant species. Cell and organ size in plants is defined by highly dynamic, intersecting signalling pathways that involve genetic, hormonal and environmental cues. We identify sets of genes that act in these pathways and unravel complex regulatory networks that control size in higher plants.
- Genetic dissection of cell-size control in plants
- Identification of molecular components that control organ size in plants
- Chemical genetic screening of plant cell size/organ size modulators
- The shoot apical meristem in Arabidopsis
- As cells leave the meristem, they switch from the mitotic cycle to the endoreduplication cycle and start to differentiate.