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Plant Biology

Plant BiologyThe plant group at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory studies fundamental mechanisms in plant development and genetics that impact crop productivity, biodiversity and climate change. Their research uses Arabidopsis, maize and most recently tomato as model systems and expands upon the Nobel prize-winning work done here by Barbara McClintock in the 1940s and 50s. The transposable genetic elements, or "jumping genes," that she discovered are now understood to reprogram the epigenome and are being used at CSHL for functional genomics in Arabidopsis and maize.

CSHL has taken part in numerous plant genome sequencing projects including Arabidopsis, rice, sorghum and maize, as well as epigenomic sequencing and profiling.  We are part of the iPlant Cyberinfrastructure consortium and the Long Island Biofuels Alliance. The Laboratory owns 12 acres of farmland nearby called Uplands Farm. Here, an expert staff raises maize, tomato and Arabidopsis plants for study.


Plant Biology researchers at CSHL:

Jackson, David (Professor)
Plant development; stem cell signaling; genomics and imaging

Lippman, Zachary (Associate Professor)
Plant developmental genetics; mechanisms of phase transitions for flowering time and inflorescence branching; heterosis

Martienssen, Rob (Professor & HHMI Investigator)
Plant genetics; transposons; development; gene regulation; DNA methylation

McCombie, W. Richard (Professor)
Genomics of psychiatric disorders; genomics of cancer; computational genomics; plant genomics

Pedmale, Ullas (Assistant Professor)
plant growth, signaling, genomics, development, plant-environment interactions

Timmermans, Marja (Professor)
Small RNA regulation, pattern formation, stem cell function, plant development

Ware, Doreen (Adjunct Associate Professor)
Genomics; genome evolution; genetic diversity; gene regulation; plant biology; computational biology