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The Braybrook Group studies the mechanics of growth and development.

In all organisms, the growing of a shape is a complex process requiring specific gene products, signaling, mechanical alterations, and coordination of cell growth. Our Team addresses this fundamental process in biology using a multidisciplinary approach including: plant physiology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, materials science, and physics. We focus on understanding how shapes are generated in walled organisms: plants and alage.

For a plant and algal cells, the cell wall is the main structural element, controlling shape and growth of the cell and therefore tissue as a whole. Recent work in plants has correlated key aspects of organ growth and shape generation, in plants, with mechanical properties of tissues and cell walls. Our Team has two main goals: 1) to understand the mechanics of shape growth in plants and algae, and 2) to understand the cell wall as a dynamic composite material.

Extreme anisotropic growth exhibited in dark grown seedlings of Arabidopsis thaliana. What makes them grow 'up' instead of 'out'?
Extreme anisotropic growth exhibited in dark grown seedlings of Arabidopsis thaliana. What makes them grow ‘up’ instead of ‘out’?

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