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.


May 20, 2024
Joanna graduates from Yale, and is the winner of the Buell prize for research! We will miss her after her three years of being in the lab.  Good luck Joanna!
April 19, 2024
Vivian has been elected as a 2023 fellow of the American Asssociation for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Election as a Fellow honors members whose efforts on behalf of...
February 26, 2024
Ruirui successfully defends her dissertation, and her major paper is accepted for publication in PLoS Genetics.  Congratulations Ruirui on all your accomplishments!