The lab seeks to understand the form and function of plant organs. Towards this we take an interdisciplinary “systems-based” approach at the interface between biology and computer science to investigate:
1) How cells are arranged in plants
2) The functional significance of these arrangements
3) How these groups of cells collectively reach decisions e.g. to start flowering or break seed dormancy
Plants play a central role in ecosystems, and directly provide food and energy for humans. This work seeks to understand how the relationship between molecular and cellular networks control plant responses to the environment, and lead to the development of novel strategies which enhance food production and security.