Taproot Podcast S1E5: Finding GLOry- The Power of New Technology to Spur Innovation with José Dinneny

In this episode, Ivan and Liz talk with José Dinneny, a staff member at the Carnegie Institute for Sciences in Palo Alto, CA. José went to UC San Diego to get his PhD working in the labs of Detlef Weigel at the Salk Institute for Biological Science and Martin Yanofsky in the Division of Biology, UCSD. He then went to Duke University to do his post-doctoral studies with Philip Benfey.  José established his independent lab at the Temasek Lifesciences Laboratory (TLL) in Singapore and the National University of Singapore and moved in 2011 to the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology.

We discuss a recent paper that describes a novel system for imaging root growth that balances the need for visualization with the need for more physiological growth conditions. Listen to what inspired José to tackle the challenge of developing this system, how methodical trial-and-error, as well as serendipity, led to the final technology, and how it is at the forefront of a range of new technologies to study roots.  The paper is Rellan-Alvarez et al., “GLO-roots: an imaging platform enabling multidimensional characterization of soil-grown root systems”, published in 2015.


Rellan-Alvarez et al., 2015 https://elifesciences.org/articles/07597

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The Taproot is the podcast that digs beneath the surface to understand how scientific publications in plant biology are created. In each episode, co-hosts Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter take a paper from the literature and talk about the story behind the science with one of its authors.

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