Cell polarity, in both animals and plants, is of paramount importance for many developmental and physiological processes. In the future, my lab will continue to use Arabidopsis as a model system, by studying BASL (Breaking of Asymmetry in the Stomatal Lineage) and other newly identified factors, to investigate how proteins become polarly localized, how polarity proteins are involved in establishment of cellular asymmetry, and how cell polarity is instructive of cell fate and differentiation in plants.
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Dr. Juan Dong holds is an Associate Professor for the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Before joining Rutgers, Juan was a post-doctoral researcher in Dominique Bergmann’s laboratory in the Department of Biology at Stanford University. Juan received her Ph.D. in Plant Biology with Dr. Elizabeth Lord at the University of California at Riverside.
Juan's research has focused on mechanisms of asymmetric cell division, a fundamental problem in morphogenesis, which is the biological process that causes an organism to develop its shape. She used a genetic approach to identify a mutant phenotype of the plant protein called BASL (Breaking of Asymmetry in the Stomatal Lineage). The corresponding gene controls asymmetric division in Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant in the mustard family.