Jennifer Nemhauser and Eric Klavins
Refreshments will be served in the lobby at 5:00pm.
The regulation of a small number of cellular functions—division, growth, differentiation, communication, death—makes multicellular life possible. Our long-term objective is to use plant signaling pathways to program each of these core functions in a synthetic context and then to use this information to rationally design novel interventions (e.g., improved crops, diagnostics, engineered tissues). In the process, we expect to learn a great deal about the principles shaping natural cell signaling networks and how evolution has re-wired these programs.
Jennifer Nemhauser is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington. She has been studying plant hormones, signaling networks and development for a long time. Before coming to Seattle in 2006, Jennifer did her doctoral work on auxin and flower development at Berkeley with Pat Zambryski, followed by postdoctoral work on hormone interactions during seedling development at the Salk Institute with Joanne Chory. When not in the lab, Jennifer loves to see great art (music, dance, visual art), eat great food, drink lots of tea and forage in secondhand bookstores
Eric Klavins is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. The Klavins lab develops synthetic living systems, re-engineered organisms, and engineered parts for existing organisms. Our particular emphasis is on designing gene circuits and cell-cell communication systems that enable novel multicellular behaviors in bacteria or yeast. We take an engineering approach to this challenge, and are interested in the whole pathway from modeling and design of new systems to fabrication and testing of new living systems.