Welcome to the Irish Laboratory

The broad interest of our group is in understanding the genetic and molecular mechanisms that control patterning processes in plant development, with a focus on characterizing organogenesis and growth in the Arabidopsis flower. We are also interested in the extent to which these pathways are conserved or have diversified in different flowering plant species.


July 1, 2016
Vivian appointed chair of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, for a three year term. 
May 31, 2016
We are awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support our work on cell shape!
April 19, 2016
Vivian is an invited expert at a workshop exploring evolution of novelty sponsored by the Minnesota Center for the Philosophy of Science