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. Using molecular, genetic and modeling approaches, our current research is centered on understanding how cells and tissues are patterned, epigenetic control of developmental processes, and how stem cell activity is regulated in plants. Additionally, part of our work focuses on biotechnological applications to improve agriculture.


February 18, 2023
The Irish lab survives (nearly unscathed) after an afternoon at the trampoline park!
January 13, 2023
              Recent work from our lab has been profiled in the 13 January 2023 issue of National Geographic (Spanish edition), discussing ‘Why do plants have thorns?’ To...
July 20, 2022
Vivian enjoyed a visit to Vancouver to attend the SDB-PASEDB joint conference, present our work on thorn development, see old friends and hear some great science.  Thanks SDB...