Cesar Cuevas-Velasquez selected as Latin American Fellow for Pew Charitable Trusts

Ten pioneering postdoctoral scientists from Latin America will each be awarded two years of funding to conduct research at laboratories and academic institutions in the United States. The 2017 fellows are from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.

Among the selected fellows is Cesar Cuevas-Velasquez from the Dinneny Lab:

“The Dinneny lab explores the molecular mechanisms through which plants detect and acclimate to drought. When conditions are dry, plants rapidly activate a signaling program that allows them to conserve water. But little is known about how plants determine that water is scarce. I will develop tools for dynamically monitoring the water content inside living plant cells. Depletion of water can induce various stresses in plant cells—altering their ion balances, membrane tension, and cell wall integrity. Using an intracellular osmotic monitoring system, I hope to identify the proteins that sense these drought-induced changes and determine which genes they activate when water is in short supply. I will then inhibit the activity of these and other potential sensors and assess whether the plant’s response is disrupted—work that could add to our understanding of how organisms perceive and respond to their environment and lead to new strategies for improving the drought tolerance of crops. ”

For more information on Pew Charitable Trusts and Pew Latin American Fellows, visit their website.

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 salt stress response and will utilize advanced imaging and proteomics approaches to generate an integrated view of this process.  The work is largely the offspring of excellent work by postdoc Wei Feng in our lab.Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.40.47 PM

José joins NAASC

José has recently been elected to NAASC, the North American Arabidopsis Steering committee, along with Elizabeth Haswell from Washington University of St. Louis.  Being part of NAASC provides an opportunity to organize events that promote Arabidopsis research and plant biology in general.  NAASC organizes the ICAR meetings.  The first duty in 2015 was to vote for St. Louis as the host city for the 2017 ICAR meeting!  Meet you in St. Louis!