Welcome to the Zen of Plant Physiology

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While plants are sedentary, their bodies often traverse long distances as they explore their local environment in search of resources necessary for growth.  The biology of root systems is governed by both micro-scale and systemic signaling that allows the plant to integrate these complex variables into growth and branching decisions that ultimately determine the efficiency resources are captured.  Research in my lab is aimed at understanding the response of roots to water-limiting conditions and is exploring this process at different organizational scales from the individual cell type to the level of the whole plant.  See “A developmental biologist’s journey to rediscover the Zen of plant physiology” in F1000Research for more on our research perspective.


depapartment 202 wideThe Dinneny lab has been part of the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology since 2011.
Carnegie Institution was established by Andrew Carnegie to support scientists with a passion for discovery using innovative approaches.

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Collaborative grant on FERONIA funded by NIH!

A collaborative project between our lab and the labs of David Ehrhardt and Zhiyong Wang at Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology has been funded by the Cellular Signaling and Regulatory Systems program at the National Institutes of Health!  The project will explore the role of FERONIA in maintaining cell integrity during the … Continue reading Collaborative grant on FERONIA funded by NIH!

José receives HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar Award

I was awarded a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Simons Foundation to study the mysteries of how plants sense and response to water.  The grant will fund research in the lab over the next 5 years.  I am extremely thankful to the HHMI and Simons foundation for recognizing the fantastic work that my … Continue reading José receives HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar Award

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