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.

Dr. Yashodar Babu
Dr. Yashodar Babu
Postdoctoral Researcher

Yashodar earned his PhD in Biology at  Martin Bayer group, Max Planck Institute from Developmental Biology/University of Tubingen studying early embryogenesis in Arabidopsis. In the Torii lab Yashodar's research focuses on phosphorylation substrates of ERECTA and the intersection of hormonal signaling in stomatal development.

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.

 

Emily Lo

Emily Lo
Undergraduate Researcher

Biology Sergant Awardee

Mary Gates Undergrad Research Fellow

Emily is an undergraduate researcher studying biology and computer science now as a senior at the University of Washington. In the Torii Lab, Emily studies and visctivities that play a role in specifying plant epidermal patterning. Outsiualizes peptide ade of the lab, she is a reading, puzzle-solving, and culinary arts enthusiast!

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.

Cosmos

Cosmo Peng
Undergrad Researcher

Cosmo Peng is an undergraduate lab assistant and is a junior majoring in biology at the University of Washington. He is studying the family of proteins that are specifically expressed in stomatal cell lineages. He enjoys watching soccer, sketching, and playing video games.

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