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. Michal is becoming an expert plant developmental biologist🌱

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 ERECTA-family and TMM, as well as the ligand-mediated behaviors to explore the establishment of meristemoid polarity and fate.

Dr. Michal Maes
Jonathan Dang
Research Tech I

Jon has been with the torii lab since his undergraduate years learning the fundamentals of lab research. He is now a research technician and performs various tasks but loves imaging plants under the microscope (Jon takes amazing Confocal images of stomata!). He is applying to medical school and his hobbies include basketball, golf, and watching movies.

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Kristen Miller
Research Tech III

Kristen is our new research speciast and a mighty qRT-PCR analysit. More coming soon!

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Aaron Hernandez
Research Tech II

 

Aaron is our mighty new lab manager! Aaron graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology and spent 6.5 years in Steve Henikoff’s lab at the Fred Hutch. While there, Aaron’s work included protein purifications of modified histones and protein-A fusion proteins.

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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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