I am a JSPS postdoctoral fellow currently working in the lab of Prof. Keiko Sugimoto at RIKEN (Japan). I am interested in how transcription factors regulate growth by impinging on photomorphogenic signaling pathways. In particular, my work is focused on understanding how the AT-HOOK MOTIF NUCLEAR LOCALIZED (AHL) transcription factors repress growth in hypocotyls and petioles by promoting photomorphogenesis. I started working on the AHLs as a PhD student at Washington State University, before coming to the Sugimoto lab to continue work on this family of transcription factors. Collectively, my work thus far has demonstrated that the AHLs repress growth by antagonizing transcriptional activation of genes by the PHYTOCHROME INTERACTING FACTORs (PIFs), which are key inhibitors of photomorphogenesis. In the future, I plan to get a faculty position and start my own group dedicated to elucidating how the 29 member AHL transcription factor family regulates plant growth and development.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
4:47 PM – 4:49 PM EDT