Andrew Diener, Ph.D.
Instructor in Investigation
Sheen Lab, Mass General Research Institute
Research Associate in Genetics
Harvard Medical School
Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital
|PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2000|
Photosynthetic plants are the principal solar energy converter and oxygen replenisher sustaining life on Earth. Our research is inspired by the remarkable beauty, plasticity and complexity that plants display in governing their intrinsic and perpetual growth and developmental programs which are all integrated with fluctuating and diverse environment stimuli, limitations and challenges.
We are probing plant life by developing simple and powerful tools and strategies to unravel plant signal transduction pathways extending from sensors/receptors to signaling cascades and target genes and proteins that are central to energy and metabolic homeostasis, innate immunity, stress adaptation, cell fate specification, plant shape and architecture determination. Our investigations are guided by our curiosity and the desire to promote the use of green plants as a versatile and fascinating model system for discovering fundamental principles in the regulatory networks of living organisms.