Keiko Torii


University of Washington, 

Cell Signaling & Cell/Environment Interactions

Developmental Biology, Stem Cells & Aging

Genetics, Genomics & Evolution

stem cells, receptor signaling, and patterning in plants

Faculty Contact Information

Building: Hitchcock 544/546 Room: Hitchcock 544 Box: Box. 351800 Phone: 206-221-5701 Alt Phone: 206-221-5756 http://faculty.washington.edu/ktorii/

Accepting Students For:

Rotation, Autumn
Rotation, Spring
Rotation, Winter

Research Summary

We study how lineage-specific stem cells are maintained or terminally differentiate during plant development using stomatal patterning as a model system. Stomata are small valves serving as an interface between plants and atmosphere, and their presence is essential for plant survival and our global environment. We revealed that intricate cell-cell communications mediated by small chemical signals influence the pattern of stem cell divisions and fate specification. We aim to elucidate how functional tissue patterns are generated using cross-disciplinary approaches.