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Nanoscale movements of cellulose microfibrils in primary cell walls ($)

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Cell walls are complex mixtures of cellulose microfibrils, proteins and other materials. Their mechanical properties can be measured and modeled, but it is not always simple to translate these measurements to changes at the molecular level. Zhang et al. used atomic force microscopy to provide an unprecedented…

Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors: Simon Kelterborn

Simon Kelterborn is a featured first author of  Targeting of Photoreceptor Genes in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii via Zinc-finger Nucleases and CRISPR/Cas9 Current Position: PhD candidate in the lab of Prof. Peter Hegemann, Experimental Biophysics, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany Education: M.Sc…

Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors: Andre Greiner

Andre Greiner is a featured first author of  Targeting of Photoreceptor Genes in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii via Zinc-finger Nucleases and CRISPR/Cas9 Current Position: Postdoctoral associate in the lab of Prof. Peter Hegemann, Experimental Biophysics, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany Education:…

Profiles of plant scientists: Ottoline Leyser

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Plant geneticist Dame Ottoline Leyser talks to Alison Woollard about the difference between working with animal and plant genomes, and her work to make science more inclusive The Biologist 64(4) p16-19 Dame Ottoline Leyser is a professor of plant development at the University of Cambridge.…

Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors, July 2017

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Elizabeth Henry, featured first author of Direct and Indirect Visualization of Bacterial Effector Delivery into Diverse Plant Cell Types During Infection Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, Discovery and Project Support in Crop Efficiency and Seed Growth, Biologics R&D at Bayer Crop Science. Education:…

Recognizing featured Plant Cell first authors, June 2017

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Guotian Li, Rashmi Jain, and Mawsheng Chern, featured first authors of The Sequences of 1504 Mutants in the Model Rice Variety Kitaake Facilitate Rapid Functional Genomic Studies Guotian Li Current Position: Deputy Director of Grass Genetics/Project Scientist at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, a joint…

CropLife profile of Sophien Kamoun

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CropLife International has a series called "Food Heroes" - recently they profiled plant scientist Sophien Kamoun. Why did you want to be a plant scientist? I became a scientist because I grew up being extremely curious about the natural world. I wanted to know how living organisms function. How they…

Profile of Jane Langdale

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Current Biology interviews Jane Langdale, Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at Oxford University. Jane Langdale received a PhD in human genetics from the University of London. For her postdoc, she switched to plant genetics, working with Tim Nelson at Yale University on maize leaf development.…

Young Wha Lee on leaving academia for industry and finding career fulfillment

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Young Wha Lee, Data Scientist at Monsanto, talks about searching for a career that bridges interests and gives joy, and how to approach industry jobs.  In the Decoding Life series, we talk to geneticists with diverse career paths, tracing the many directions possible after research training. This…

Profile of Plant Cell Editor Keiko Sugimoto

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Keiko Sugimoto, an Editor of The Plant Cell, was recently profiled by her undergraduate institution. Read more about The Plant Cell Editorial Board here. "At the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, the research team I lead as a Principal Investigator (PI) focuses on the two themes of…