People-Torii Lab Members
Dr. Keiko Torii
Principal Investigator

Endowed Distinguished Professor of Biology

Investigator, HHMI-GBMF

Oversea Principal Investigator, ITbM, Nagoya University

She is the lab head. The extreme coffee addict, dedicates her life for exciting Arabidopsis research!


Dr. Jin Suk Lee
Dr. Jin Suk Lee
Postdoctoral Researcher

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow

Jin Suk earned her Ph.D. in Dr. Brian Ellis' lab at UBC, Canada, where she identified the targets of MAPK phosphatases in plant hormonal and environmental stress signaling. In the Torii lab, Jin Suk studies ligand-receptor interactions and signal transduction specifying stomatal patterning via cross-desciplinary biochemistry and materials engineering approaches.

Dr. Robin Horst
Dr. Robin Horst
Postdoctoral Researcher

DFG Postdoctoral Fellow

Robin earned his Ph.D. in Dr. Uwe Sonnewalds' lab at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He studied the physiology of the pathogenic interaction between the smut fungus Ustilago maydis. In the Torii lab, Robin is taking a large-scale biology approach to understand regulatory networks driving stomatal differentiation.

Kylee Peterson
Postdoctoral Researcher

Fromer NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Kylee is working on a microarray project to decipher molecular signatures that represent stomatal stem cell state. Further more, she is developing a time-lapse, live imaging technique to study dynamics of cell-cell interactions and asymmetric cell divisions during stomatal development. Her expertise is creative live imaging, and shooting cells with lasers.

Kylee graduated from Department of Biology, University of Washington in May 2013!

 

Dr. Julian Avila
Dr. Julian Avila
Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Julian earned his PhD in Biochemistry at Texas A&M University studying postranslational modifications in the AMP-dependent protein kinases in Tomato. In the Torii lab Julian's research focuses on elucidationg the early phosphorylation signaling events controlling stomatal development, more specifically during the perception of signaling peptides by ERECTA-family receptor kinases. On his free time Julian enjoys sketching, exploring Seattle's dining, and taking his dog Chia to the park.

Simone
Dr. Simone Di Rubbo
Postdoctoral Researcher

 

 

Simone obtained his PhD at VIB-Ugent in Ghent, Belgium, in the lab of Dr. Jenny Russinova, studying how clathrin mediated endocytosis of the brassinosteroid receptor BRI1 regulates its signaling output. In the Torii lab, Simone is taking a cell biological approach to understand how the EPF1-ERL1 ligand-receptor couple acts as a polarization cue orienting asymmetric cell divisions and controlling stomata patterning. When not in the lab, he likes to listen to music and to indulge his espresso cravings.

 

Kae Yoshino
Dr. Kae Yoshino
Postdoctoral Researcher

Uehara Postdoctoral Fellow

Kae earned her Ph.D. under supervision by Dr. Yoshitaka Takano at Kyoto University in Japan. She studied molecular analyses of plant-fungus interactions by using Colletotrichum species. In the Torii lab, Kae studies regulation of transcription factors specifying cell fate determination during stomatal development. Her interest is to understand the roles of post-translational regulations a Myc-type bHLH transcription factor, ICE1/SCRM, that is critical for cell fate determination within the stomatal cell lineages and beyond.

Dr. Marketa Hnilova
Dr. Marketa Hnilova
Guest postdoc

 

Marketa is a Senior researcher at the UW Materials Science and Engineering. She is specialized in nano-biotechnology. In the Torii lab, she performs EPF peptide purification, production of receptor biosensor chips for quantitative measurements of ligand-receptor interactions.

 

Lisa Lin

Lisa Lin
Undergraduate Researcher

Mary Gates Research Fellow

Lisa (Ya-Chen) Lin is an undergraduate lab assistant and attends the University of Washington, as a senior majoring in Biochemistry. Her research is to investigate the role of different EPF peptides in stomatal patterning. In her spare time she likes to sing.

 

Milan Vu
Milan Vu
Undergraduate Lab Assistant

 

Milan Vu is an undergraduate lab assistant and attends the University of Washington as a junior majoring in Biology. When she’s not in class or in the lab, she loves to hike, travel, and eat delicious Italian food.

 

 

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Vasal Mahanian

Mari Torii-Karch
Special lab volunteer

 

Mari is the youngest member of the Torii lab. She competes for gymnastics and loves Pipetman tip packing!

 

 

 

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