Welcome to the Comparative Developmental Genetics lab at the The Biology Department, Maynooth University.
We are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying floral organ development. We mainly focus on how organs, tissues, and cells arise, however, we are also interested in understanding their functions.
Currently, we are comparing the mechanisms by which floral organs become photosynthetically active in different members of the mustard plant family (Brassicaceae). The photosynthetic activity of floral organs is an important source of energy for developing seeds. This energy is used, in part, to generate seed oil. There is plenty left to learn about this process, particularly on a molecular level.
Common techniques used in the lab include functional genomics, molecular genetics, confocal microscopy, and gas exchange measurements. If you are interested in our research then please get in touch to collaborate or to join our team.