Understanding and engineering the chemical principles of life

We combine our training in Chemical Engineering with ideas from Systems and Synthetic Biology to understand the metabolism of plants, as a first step in developing novel crop varieties that use resources more efficiently and are better adapted to an ever-changing environment.

Our lab designs biomolecular and computational tools for the quantitative study of plant development. We are particularly interested in learning how cells acquire specialized functions, and how these specialized cells exchange metabolites and information for the benefit of the whole organism.