Monday, April 29, 2019 at 12:20pm
Department of Biology, Stanford University
Dominique Bergmann is a Professor of Biology at Stanford University. She received her PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2000 and her postdoctoral in Plant Development from the Carnegie Institution. She is currently an Associate Member of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Staff Member at the Department of Plant Biology at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
Functioning organisms possess an abundant array of tissues, each composed of distinct cell types with distinct cell morphologies. How is this grand diversity of fates and forms generated? Cells in the Arabidopsis stomatal lineage distill many of the key features of development: they must be chosen from initially equivalent cells, they undergo asymmetric and self-renewing divisions, they communicate among themselves and they must respond to the environment. Our lab takes a multidisciplinary approach–from cell biology to genomics to ecophysiology–that leverages the intrinsic strengths of this biological system to create a conceptual and technical framework for the study of cell fate, stem-cell self-renewal and cell polarity.