EPS flying seminar by Colleen Drapek on Tuesday 30 May 2023


Colleen Drapek from the University of Cambridge will give a EPS flying seminar next Tuesday 30 May 2023. She will talk about ”Cellular gibberellin dynamics during plant-microbe beneficial interactions”.  She seminar will start at 15:00  and will take place in B1032 Orion. Coffee and tea will be served before the seminar.


Date: 30th of May 2023

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

Location (Hybrid): B1032 Orion, Wageningen Campus

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Meeting ID: 324 093 566 184

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Registration: open

Colleen is a post-doctoral scientist working with Drs. Oldroyd and Jones. I’m a former EMBO Long-Term Fellow and recipient of the Marie Sklodowska Curie individual fellowship


Research Interests

In my current work, I am studying how legumes develop a specialised root-borne structure termed nodules. Nodules are formed to accommodate soil bacteria called rhizobia that can assimilate atmospheric nitrogen into a form readily accessible to the host plant (a process termed rhizobia-legume symbiosis). I am studying the role phytohormones play in the organogenesis and differentiation of nodules. To do this, I’m combining the technology developed in the Jones group to visualise hormones live during nodule development. I’m taking this work a step further by visualising hormones in other symbioses in legumes and in barley. My hope is that my research will provide an understanding of how plant hormones regulate symbiosis, which may be useful in aiding the design of crops that do not require environmentally-unfriendly fertiliser.