Dominique Bergmann, PhD
Professor of Biology and Investigator, HHMI
371 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-5020
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Functioning organisms possess an abundant array of tissues, each composed of distinct cell types with distinct cell morphologies. How is this grand diversity of fates and forms generated? Cells in the Arabidopsis stomatal lineage distill many of the key features of development: they must be chosen from initially equivalent cells, they undergo asymmetric and self-renewing divisions, they communicate among themselves and they must respond to the environment. Our lab takes a multidisciplinary approach–from cell biology to genomics to ecophysiology–that leverages the intrinsic strengths of this biological system to create a conceptual and technical framework for the study of cell fate, stem-cell self-renewal and cell polarity.
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Our newest Brachypodium paper “Mobile MUTE specifies subsidiary cells to build physiologically improved grass stomata” just came out in Science! It was also featured in Stanford News and Carnegie News. Read our summary in seven languages!
Our latest paper “Tissue-wide Mechanical Forces Influence the Polarity of Stomatal Stem Cells in Arabidopsis” is now online at Current Biology. Please follow this link to our Press Release.