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Dr Urszula Baster

Dr Urszula Baster

Research Associate

Sainsbury Laboratory
University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street

Cambridge CB2 1LR


I joined the Leyser group at SLCU in January 2015. Before that, I was doing my PhD in the Friml group, in the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology (PSB), UGent Belgium. My work was focused on finding new players involved in polar auxin transport in Arabidopsis thaliana using a chemical genomics approach.

Research Interests

My research focuses on answering the question of how plants can change their development in response to different environmental inputs, which is called developmental plasticity. We are interested in finding its genetic basis, and in understanding how different genotypes can tune their development to similar environmental conditions. As a model system, we are studying the response of Arabidopsis shoot branching to different nitrogen supplies. 

Key Publications

Dai M, Zhang C, Kania U, Chen F, Xue Q, McCray T, Li G, Qin G, Wakeley M, Terzaghi W, Wan J, Zhao Y, Xu J, Friml J, Deng XW, Wang H (2012) A PP6-type phosphatase holoenzyme directly regulates PIN phosphorylation and auxin efflux in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 24: 2497-514

Baster P, Robert S, Kleine-Vehn J, Vanneste S, Kania U, Grunewald W, De Rybel B, Beeckman T, Friml J (2013) SCF(TIR1/AFB)-auxin signalling regulates PIN vacuolar trafficking and auxin fluxes during root gravitropism. EMBO J 32: 260-274

Gadeyne A, Sánchez-Rodríguez C, Vanneste S, Di Rubbo S, Zauber H, Vanneste K, Van Leene J, De Winne N, Eeckhout D, Persiau G, Van De Slijke E, Cannoot B, Vercruysse L, Mayers JR, Adamowski M, Kania U, Ehrlich M, Schweighofer A, Ketelaar T, Maere S, Bednarek SY, Friml J, Gevaert K, Witters E, Russinova E, Persson S, De Jaeger G, Van Damme D (2014) The TPLATE adaptor complex drives clathrin-mediated endocytosis in plants. Cell 156(4):691-704

Kania U, Fendrych M, Friml J (2014) Polar delivery in plants; commonalities and differences to animal epithelial cells. Open Biol.4(4):140017