Our lab combines computational and experimental approaches to reveal molecular mechanisms underlying adaptive strategies in plants. We focus on metabolic traits at multiple scales including individual genes, pathways, and networks. We also uncover novel functions, mechanisms, and pathways of 'unknown' genes (those that are not similar to any known genes), which is taking us to areas of research we never thought of studying before.
Growing a Community: Building the Plant Cell Atlas
In many ways, plants form the cornerstone of our society. They are key to the the health of many ecosystems, underpin our entire food chain, provide us with fuel and medicine, and mitigate the effects of carbon pollution in our atmosphere. Despite this, there is still so much about the basic biology of plants that is not understood.
This is why Carnegie’s Sue Rhee and Selena Rice, along with colleagues from Carnegie and 30+ institutions are heading up the Plant Cell Atlas project. The initiative brought together more than 800 experts to develop a community resource that will comprehensively describe plant cell types, the molecules they manufacture, and the biochemistry that happens in them.
“One of the most important aspects of promoting the importance of plant science is recruiting young people and early career researchers to the field,” Rhee said.
This is why The Plant Cell Atlas partnered with Futurum Careers to create an educational brochure for high school-aged students, which highlights its efforts and the importance of plant science to our society.