Two postdoctoral positions are available in the areas of cell signaling
and morphogenesis, with an emphasis on figuring out how plant cells
generate and use the cytoskeleton during growth. One project is
centered on understanding the spatial and temporal control of ROP
family small GTPase signaling in the context of leaf epidermal
morphogenesis. A functional understanding of SPIKE1 (Qiu et al., Plant
Cell 2001) constitutes the foundation of this project. Another project
focuses on the mechanisms by which plants cells generate new actin
filament networks in response to ROP signals (see Szymanski, Curr.
Opin. Plant Biol., 2005). The WAVE-ARP2/3 pathway affects many aspects
of plant development, yet the components of the pathway are not all
identified and their cellular functions are not known. This project
will focus on the interface of the actin cytoskeleton with the
endomembrane system. Both projects have extensive collections of
mutants, localization tools, and recombinant proteins at your disposal.
Applicants should have experience in biochemistry and/or cell and
Interested individuals should send their CV and a statement of research
interests to: Dr. Dan Szymanski, Purdue University, Department of
Agronomy. [Only registered users see links. ].