Dr Minsung Kim
Michael Smith Building|Oxford Road|Manchester|M13 9PT
The shapes and sizes of organisms and organs are scrupulously conserved within a species. What regulates the shapes and sizes of organisms and their lateral organs, are intriguing as well as fundamental questions in Biology. To address these questions, we focus on understanding genetic mechanisms controlling diverse shapes and sizes of leaves and flowers. In particular, we seek answers to questions such as: what are the genetic components of (leaf and flower) shape and size, and how are their actions translated into certain shapes and forms, and what changes have been made in these genetic components overtime to create diversity we see in leaves and flowers today? We anticipate that our research will contribute to the understanding of development and evolution of biological forms and shapes, as well as leading to new genetic tools that will be essential for improving crop yield in the future.
- Kim M, Cui M, Cubas P, Gilles A, Lee K, Chapman M, Abbott R, Coen E. (2008). Regulatory genes control a key morphological and ecological trait transferred between species. Science, 322(5904), eScholarID:1c8006 | DOI:10.1126/science.1164371
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