post doc in cell division

Tobias Baskin BaskinT at missouri.edu
Wed Aug 25 16:36:18 EST 1999

I am looking for a post doc to join my lab (Tobias Baskin, Division 
of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia) to work on 
an NSF-funded project aimed at understanding the regulation of cell 
division. The project aims to deepen knowledge of how a growing plant 
organ controls the spatial distribution of cell division, using as a 
model the root meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana, and testing the 
following hypotheses. (1) The root changes the rate of cell 
production by changing the number of dividing cells and not their 
average rate of division. (2) The number of dividing cells is limited 
by the onset of rapid elongation. (3) At the basal boundary of the 
meristem, the cessation of division is triggered by cells reaching a 
threshold volume.  We are testing these hypotheses by quantifying the 
spatial distributions of elongation rate and cell division rate for 
root cortical and epidermal cells under conditions chosen to 
influence cell division. These conditions include a variety of 
physiological treatments, different genotypes, and transgenic plants. 
Quantification relies on a kinematic method applied to living plants 
with minimal disturbance, which avoids the serious pitfalls of 
techniques based on labeled mitoses or the accumulation of metaphase 
cells. We are also attempting to observe mitosis in living root cells.

	Funding is available for up to three years. The applicant 
must have a Ph. D. in a relevant subject area. I am particularly 
interested in applicants with experience in the molecular control of 
the cell cycle, or with mathematical prowess, such as experience with 
kinematics. To apply, please send me your curriculum vitae, a 
description of your research experience, and the names and addresses 
(including email) of three references.

Tobias Baskin, Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia 
MO, 65211-7400, USA. Email: BaskinT at missouri.edu;  tel: 573-882-0173; 
Fax: 573-882-0123.

       _      ____   ^      __   ____   Tobias I. Baskin
      /  \   /      / \    /   \ \            University of Missouri
     /   |  /      /   \   \      \              Biological Sciences
    /___/  /__    /___  \   \      \__            109 Tucker Hall
   /      /      /       \   \      \            Columbia, MO 65211-7400 USA
  /      /      /         \   \      \          voice: 573-882-0173
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