Current projects:

rhizoid cell patterning in developing gemmalings of Marchantia polymorpha

The plant epidermis is a model system for studying the formation of cellular patterns and differentiation in planar groups of cells. The liverwort Marchantia polymorpha generates unicellular rhizoids that emerge from the epidermis of gemmae. To investigate the initiation of rhizoid cell formation, I am using time-lapse microscopy techniques to describe rhizoid cell formation and patterning in developing gemmalings.

Investigating the molecular mechanism of rhizoid cell patterning in Marchantia polymorpha.

Lateral inhibition patterns cells and tissues during the development of multicellular organisms. It is hypothesized that miRNA movement regulates rhizoid patterning. I test this hypothesis by using microRNA in situ hybridization to localize microRNA to uncover the role of miRNA mobility in the patterning of rhizoid cells.