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DANIEL SZYMANSKI

Professor
Genetics and Cell Biology of Plant Growth
Courtesy Appointment
LILY 2-353 WSLR 226
Phone: 765-494-8092

My lab provides new knowledge about how plant cells integrate central carbon metabolism with cell signaling and growth control. Research questions are centered on Rac small GTPase-mediated signal transduction. Measurements in the lab span spatial scales, from the dynamic assembly of protein complexes that control vesicle trafficking and the cytoskeleton to the macroscopic assembly of micrometer-sized cortical patches that modulate the cell wall and define the patterns of cell growth. The research grew out of, and uses the model plant Arabidopsis (http://www.arabidopsis.org/) as a workhorse for both molecular genetics and cell biology. However, recent projects also involve both legume and monocot species (maize), and seek to understand how conserved regulatory pathways operate as plants grow and establish beneficial symbiotic relationships during root nodule formation. 

Education

Ph.D. University of Illinois, 1995

Awards

2010                 Purdue Seeds for Success Award

2009                 Purdue Agricultural Research Award

2008                 Purdue Discovery Park Research Award

2008                 Purdue International Travel Award

2006                 Study in a Second Discipline, Purdue University

Other Activities

Society Membership:

Member American Association for the Advancement of Science

Member American Society of Cell Biology

Member American Society of Plant Biology

Editorial Boards:

        Frontiers in Plant Cell Biology

Plant Physiology

        The Open Plant Science Journal

NSF Peer Review Panels:

        2009, 2010 , Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Professional Faculty Research

Molecular genetics, live cell imaging, biochemistry, computational modeling of plant cell morphogenesis

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