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. Julian Avila
Dr. Julian Avila
Postdoctoral Researcher

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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.

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.

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
Research Technician

Mary Gates Research Fellow

Lisa (Ya-Chen) Lin is now a research technician of the Torii lab! l Her research is to investigate the role of different EPF peptides in stomatal patterning. In her spare time she likes to sing. Now Lisa is preparing for graduate school admission.

Milan Vu
Milan Vu
Undergraduate Researcher

 

Milan Vu is an undergraduate researcher and attends the University of Washington as asenior majoring in Biology. Milan studies the biocheical and developmental roles of receptor kinases in stomatal cell lineages. When she’s not in class or in the lab, she loves to hike, travel, and eat delicious Italian food.

Lisa Lin

Emily Lo
Undergraduate Researcher

 

Emily visualizes peptide activities specifying plant epidermal patterning. More descriptions coming soon!

Giselle Fernandez
Giselle Fernandez
Undergraduate Lab Assistant/Researcher

 

Coming Soon!

 

Lisa Lin

Brendan Young
Undergraduate Lab Assistant/Researcher

 

Coming Soon!

Athena Bollozow
Athena Bollozos
Undergraduate Administrative Assistant

 

Athena is our mighty Administrative Assistant supporting all sorts of lab management issues, including ordering, organizing seeds/plasmid stocks, and providing notice to lab activities. More coming soon!

 

 

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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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