Vivian Irish, PhD

(Leave of absence Spring 2015) Prof Mol Cell & Dev Bio

Departments & Organizations

Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Developmental Biology | Genetics and Genomics | Plant Biology

Biography

Dr. Irish obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she characterized the role of the DPP/TGFbeta signaling pathway in specifying dorsal-ventral polarity in the Drosophila embryo. After postdoctoral work investigating anterior-posterior patterning in Drosophila, she turned her attention to exploring patterning processes in the Arabidopsis flower. For a number of years she has focused on characterizing the genes and pathways regulating organogenesis and growth in the flower. She has also explored the extent to which these pathways are conserved across different flowering plant species. Using molecular, genetic and modeling approaches, her current research is centered on understanding how these processes are integrated in forming a petal, a simple laminar organ of few cell types, but whose form varies widely in different plant species.

Education & Training

PhD Harvard University, Cell and Developmental Biology (1986)
BA Wesleyan University, Biology (1980)
Postdoctoral Fellow Yale University
Postdoctoral Fellow Cambridge University

Honors & Recognition

  • Visiting ProfessorENS, Lyon, France (2011)

  • Junior Faculty FellowshipYale University (1993)

  • Postdoctoral FellowshipNational Science Foundation (1989)

  • Postdoctoral FellowshipJane Coffin Childs Fund (1986)

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Vivian Irish, PhD
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Modulation of petal growth in Arabidopsis via disruptions in a transcriptional timing cascade.