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Plant Biology
Plant research at CSHL explores fundamental mechanisms in plant development and genetics with a goal of increasing crop productivity and biodiversity, and reducing climate change through exploring the potential of biofuels. 
The plant biology group at CSHL focuses on plant development and gene expression, in an effort to uncover basic mechanisms that could lead to increased crop productivity, increased biodiversity and exploring the potential of  biofuels. Researchers use Arabidopsis, maize, tomato and duckweed as model systems to uncover the principles that govern plant growth. Much of this work takes place on 12 acres of farmland at the nearby CSHL Uplands Farm, where expert staff raise crops and Arabidopsis plants for study. Research also involves bioinformatics and quantitative analysis of large data sets for functional genomics and developmental genetics, and has contributed to more than two dozen large scale collaborative genome projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the United States Department of Agriculture.
At CSHL, plant research has a storied history, including Nobel prize-winning research done by Barbara McClintock in the 1940s and 50s. The transposable genetic elements, or "jumping genes," that she discovered decades ago are now understood to reprogram the epigenome, and are used as research tools by current CSHL researchers studying plant genomes.
David Jackson - Professor

Studies stem cells and morphogenesis in plants, using maize and Arabidopsis as model systems.  Recent work has identified new signaling pathways for cell-to-cell communication and their positive effects on crop yields.
Zachary Lippman - Professor

Combines genetic, genomic, and molecular approaches to study the mechanisms controlling flowering and reproductive fitness in plants, with tomato as a model system. By identifying the genes that control flowering, the lab aims to manipulate flower production and improve crop yields.
Rob Martienssen - Professor & HHMI Investigator

Uses plants and yeast as model organisms to investigate the epigenetic mechanisms that control gene expression, transposon silencing, and germ cell fate. Currently employing methods in functional genomics and developmental genetics to gain insight into how defects in the epigenome cause disease.
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W. Richard McCombie - Professor

Develops methods and strategies that use the new generation of sequencing instruments to determine variation in the genomes, transcriptomes, and epigenomes of animals and plants. The lab is currently applying this technology to understand genetic variation in different types of cancer, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. 
Ullas Pedmale - Assistant Professor

Examines how environmental signals affect development in plants. Primary research is focused on defining how the light environment influences plant growth. Understanding environmental control of growth will have far-reaching implications for agriculture, energy production, and human health.  
Marja Timmermans - Professor

Uses Arabidopsis and maize as model organisms to study the role of small regulatory RNAs as positional signals regulating plant development. Recently demonstrated that dorsoventral polarity in leaves is specified through a novel patterning mechanism involving opposing small RNA gradients with morphogen-like activities.
Doreen Ware - Adjunct Associate Professor

Focuses on understanding genome organization and evolution in plants by combining computational analysis, modeling and prediction with experimental verification.