Daniel Rodríguez-Leal, Ph.D.

Title
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department
Molecular biology; Genetics
Institution
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Address
1 Bungtown Road
City, State, Zip
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Phone
516-367-5035
E-mail
drodrigu[at]cshl.edu
Website
http://lippmanlab.labsites.cshl.edu/
Research Field
Molecular biology; Genetics
Award Year
2016
Country Of Origin
Mexico
Mentor Name
Zachary B. Lippman, Ph.D.

Research

Research in the Lippman Lab is focused on understanding the complexity of processes regulating plant architecture, for instance, how plants develop flowers and fruits. The development of such structures requires a steady influx of cells that serve as building blocks, and this depends upon the constant activity of self-renewing plant stem cells. We have started to uncover an unforeseen molecular network of several components that participate in maintaining a constant number of these cells. When one component of the network is compromised, others step in to compensate, indicating that it is possible to rewire the network and manipulate it to modify overall plant productivity. My research plan is focused on dissecting this molecular pathway using comparative studies in two distantly related plant species and characterizing how manipulating the activity of individual components of the network influences the stability and activity of the stem cell population. This work could lead to new molecular tools for controlling plant growth and improving crop yield.