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 research on cell-cell signaling and cell-fate specification during plant development!


Dr. Soon-Ki Han
Dr. Soon-Ki Han
Postdoctoral Researcher

Soon-Ki earned her Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Doris Wagner at the University of Pennsylvania. She studied the role of chromatin remodelers in Abscisic acid responses in Arabidopsis. In the Torii lab, Soon-Ki studies how bHLH transcription factors coordinate the signaling output to their target genes during stomata differentiation.

Dr. Aarthi Putrajunan
Dr. Aarthi Putarjunan
Postdoctoral Researcher

Aarthi earned her PhD in Genetics from the lab of Dr. Steven Rodermel at the Iowa State University characterizing signaling events mediating chloroplast biogenesis in Arabidopsis. In the Torii lab, Aarthi is interested in understanding signaling pathways mediating the degradation of SCREAMs and how SCREAMs coordiate three cell-state transitional steps for stomatal differentiation.

Dr. Michal Maes
Dr. Michal Maes
Postdoctoral Researcher

Michal earned her PhD in Chemistry at the Hebrew university of Jerusalem. She stuied biophysical characterization of bacterial proteins. In the Torii lab, Michal will use advanced biophysical methods to fully characterize the interaction between the ERECTA-family receptor kinases and the EPF/EPFL family of signaling peptides.

Dr. Xian Qu
Dr. Xian Qu
Postdoctoral Researcher

Xian earned his Ph.D. in Dr. Adrienne Roeder’s lab at the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology at Cornell University where he studied sepal cell size regulation in Arabidopsis. In the Torii Lab, Xian is interested in how genome structures are regulated during stomata development.

Dr. Xingyun Qi
Dr. Xingyun Qi
Postdoctoral Researcher

Xingyun earned her PhD in Cell Biology in Hugo Zheng's lab at McGill University, Montreal, where she studied the role of RabA proteins in membrane trafficking pathways and the function of endoplasmic reticulum in determining the cell polarity. In the Torii lab, Xingyun focuses on the in vivo/in situ interaction between ERL1 and TMM, as well as the ligand-mediated behaviors of the receptor dimers, to explore the establishment of meristemoid polarity and fate.

Alex H

Alex Hoffstetter
Research Technologist I

 

Alex is a research technician in the Torii lab. He is currently working on protein purification and ERECTA binding events. Alex is preparing to apply to medical school in 2015. During his free time, he enjoys video games, cooking, exploring Seattle, and studying photography.

Mari
Mari Torii-Karch
Special Lab Volunteer

 

Mari is a six grader interested in marine biology (hopeuflly plant biology, too...). She is a competing gymnast.

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