Wagner Lab Graduate Student Run Jin stepped out of our lab to volunteer her time to work as a lab assistant for the Biomedical Research Academy. This three week program gives highly motivated high school students from across the world (40% international students) a unique insight into biomedical research. Recruiting around 100 students every summer, the Academy introduces students to basic molecular biology concepts, real scientific literature, and hands-on biological experiments.
Today the Wagner Lab celebrates a hello and a farewell. The Wagner lab undergraduate researcher Renee Hastings has graduated and is off to graduate school at Stanford to continue her studies in Biophysics! Meanwhile, we also welcome Dr. Min Wang of whom traveled to our lab all the way from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China! We ate delicious Chinese food on a handsome day in Philly as we look forward to the future research of these talented women.
Zhu, Y., & Wagner, D. (2020). Plant inflorescence architecture: the formation, activity, and fate of axillary meristems. Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in biology, 12(1), a034652.
The above-ground plant body in different plant species can have very distinct forms or architectures that arise by recurrent redeployment of a finite set of building blocks—leaves with axillary meristems, stems or branches, and flowers. The unique architectures of plant inflorescences in different plant families and species, on which this review focuses, determine the reproductive success and yield of wild and cultivated plants. Major contributors to the inflorescence architecture are the activity and developmental trajectories adopted by axillary meristems, which determine the degree of branching and the number of flowers formed. Recent advances in genetic and molecular analyses in diverse flowering plants have uncovered both common regulatory principles and unique players and/or regulatory interactions that underlie inflorescence architecture. Modulating activity of these regulators has already led to yield increases in the field. Additional insight into the underlying regulatory interactions and principles will not only uncover how their rewiring resulted in altered plant form, but will also enhance efforts at optimizing plant architecture in desirable ways in crop species.
This month the Wagner Lab celebrated Sammy’s and Run’s birthday. Sammy also presented some of her work for the Genomics and Computational Biology graduate program titled “Improving Resolution of Transcriptional Complex ChIP-Seq using Blacklisting in Arabidopsis“.
Dr. Doris Wagner is honored as a recipient of this year’s Fellow of American Society of Plant Biologists (ASBP) Award along side four other colleagues. The Fellow of ASPB Award was established in 2007 and is “granted in recognition of distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the Society by current members in areas that include research, education, mentoring, outreach, and professional and public service.”
One of our favorite undergraduate students Renee Hastings turned 22 years of age! A song and scrumptious cake of all different flavors was served at lab meeting to celebrate!
Beginning January 1, 2019, Dr. Doris Wagner along with Dr. Claudia Köhler have agreed to become Editors-in-Chief of the journal Current Opinion in Plant Biology.