PLANT MOLECULAR GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY LAB

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Welcome to the Plant Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology Lab led by Mary Byrne. Developmental biology aims to understand how a single cell generated from fertilization of an egg cell with a sperm gives rise to a complex multicelluar organism. This amazing process is controlled by genes and gene interaction networks, which turn on or turning off in different tissues and at different times. We study some of these gene networks and how they affect development, focusing on plant shoot development and plant fertility. In our lab we use a number of approaches for our research including genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and functional genomics. Our research has been funded by Discovery Grants from the Australian Research Council and Grants from the University of Sydney. Click here for more information about the lab and Mary Byrne and here for current Honours projects.