WoW PhD candidate working with Brian Ellis, Michael Smith Laboratories, and Carl Douglas, Botany Department.
Plant cell wall synthesis and dynamic remodeling is a complex and tightly regulated process. My main project will focus on transcriptional regulation of cell wall synthesis in Arabidopsis. MYB75 is a transcription factor that has been shown to be a key modulator of carbon metabolism, positively regulating anthocyanin accumulation and implicated in the control of cell wall synthesis. The ability of MYB75 to regulate its various target genes depends on interactions with other proteins. The aim of my project is to discover these interacting partners and elucidate the impact of their interaction with Myb75 on target gene expression, cell wall synthesis and plant physiology.