Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Miranda Meents

Miranda Meents, first author of Organization of Xylan Production in the Golgi During Secondary Cell Wall Biosynthesis

Current Position: Teaching and Learning Fellow & Sessional Lecturer, Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Education: PhD in Botany from the University of British Columbia with Prof. Lacey Samuels, BSc Biological Sciences from the University of Lethbridge

Non-scientific Interests: Teaching and education research, reading, music, gardens

Brief bio: My interest in biology stems from a fascination with understanding the logic driving the processes occurring in the living world. My PhD research focused on high-resolution mapping of the structure and organization of the Golgi apparatus during xylan biosynthesis for secondary cell walls. Xylan biosynthetic proteins and products were found in concentric circles within Golgi cisternae, representing distinct structural and functional domains of the Golgi stack. Since graduating, I’ve pursued my joint interests in teaching and biology research as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Ljerka Kunst, and as a Teaching and Learning Fellow with the Biology Program at the University of British Columbia. I’m looking forward to continuing to explore the workings of living systems and sharing the fascinating results with my students.