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Dr Devin O'Connor

Dr Devin O'Connor

Career Development Fellow

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
Bateman Street

Cambridge CB2 1LR
Office Phone: +44(0)1223 761100

Research Interests

My work has two main goals. The first is to use a comparative approach to help determine the basic mechanisms of auxin mediated patterning. The second is to determine to what extent changes in auxin mediated patterning have had a role in morphological evolution. To these ends I am using phylogenetic analyses of the major auxin transport protein families combined with comparative imaging in both Arabidopsis and the new model grass Brachypodium distachyon to try and relate changes in gene family structure, protein expression domain, and protein function to the differences between monocot and eudicot patterning.

Key Publications

Abraham Juárez MJ, Hernández Cárdenas R, Santoyo Villa JN, O’Connor D, Sluis A, Hake S, et al. Functionally different PIN proteins control auxin flux during bulbil development in Agave tequilana. J Exp Bot. 2015. doi:10.1093/jxb/erv191 

Bennett TA, Liu MM, Aoyama T, Bierfreund NM, Braun M, Coudert Y, Dennis RJ, O’Connor D, Wang XY, White CD, Decker EL, Reski R, Harrison CJ. Plasma membrane-targeted PIN proteins drive shoot development in a moss. Curr Biol. 2014;24: 2776–2785. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.09.054 

O'Connor DL, Runions A, Sluis A, Bragg J, Vogel JP, et al. (2014) A Division in PIN-Mediated Auxin Patterning during Organ Initiation in Grasses. PLoS Comput Biol 10(1): e1003447. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003447 

Bolduc N, O'Connor D, Moon J, Lewis M, Hake S (2012) How to Pattern a Leaf. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology. doi:10.1101/sqb.2012.77.014613. 

 Bolduc N, Yilmaz A, Mejia-Guerra MK, Morohashi K, O'Connor D, Grotewold E, Hake S. 2012. Unraveling the KNOTTED1 regulatory network in maize meristems. Genes Dev 26: 1685–1690.

Chuck G, O'Connor D. 2010. Small RNAs going the distance during plant development. Curr Opin Plant Biol 13: 40–45.

International Brachypodium Initiative. 2010. Genome sequencing and analysis of the model grass Brachypodium distachyon. Nature 463: 763–768.

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Serial sections of PIN1a expression in the stem and vegetative leaves of maize.