Plant Evolution Lab | Boyce Thompson Institute

Understanding the origin and evolution of plant diversity

We are broadly interested in the evolutionary processes at the gene, genome, and microbiome levels that shaped the plant diversity. At the gene level, we study the molecular evolution of photoreceptors and examine how that influences plant diversification. At the genome level, we generate and analyze fern genomes to investigate genome evolution across the major transitions in land plant evolution. At the microbiome level, we focus on the multiple origins of plant-cyanobacteria symbiosis and aim to elucidate the genetic mechanisms governing these interactions.