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.


July 6, 2021
Congratulations to Ruirui on her first publication from the lab: “Do Epigenetic Timers Control Petal Development?”.  You can access it here: https://www.frontiersin.org/...
April 12, 2021
Today we welcome Archana to the lab as our newest postdoc! Archana obtained her Ph.D. in Horticulture from Cornell University, and will be working on characterizing candidate...
March 18, 2021
Thorn meristems and axillary meristems are adjacent yet produce different structures. We have shown that the Citrus CENTRORADIALIS (CsCEN) gene maintains the proliferative...