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.


June 1, 2022
Congratulations to Ivy, who has won a prestigious two year Taiwanese goverment fellowship to continue her studies on hormonal regulation of citrus architecture.  Well done...
April 2, 2022
Vivian was honored to be invited as a plenary speaker, and presented the lab’s work on Citrus at the recent NESDB 2022 meeting in Woods Hole, MA. 
December 17, 2021
Congratulations to Anaa, who passed her prospectus exam today!  Now that she is a full-fledged Ph.D. candidate, Anaa will be focusing on the role of the epidermis in tissue-...