Vivian Irish, PhD

Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Departments & Organizations

Plant Development

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Development; Evolutionary Biology; Genetics and Genomics; Molecular Mechanisms | Plant Molecular Biology

Center for RNA Science and Medicine, Yale

Office of Cooperative Research

Biography

Dr. Irish obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she characterized the role of the DPP/TGFbeta signaling pathway in specifying dorsal-ventral polarity in the Drosophila embryo. After postdoctoral work investigating anterior-posterior patterning in Drosophila, she turned her attention to exploring patterning processes in the Arabidopsis flower. For a number of years she has focused on characterizing the genes and pathways regulating organogenesis and growth in the flower. She has also explored the extent to which these pathways are conserved across different flowering plant species. Using molecular, genetic and modeling approaches, her current research is centered on understanding how these processes are integrated in forming a petal, a simple laminar organ of few cell types, but whose form varies widely in different plant species.

Education & Training

PhD Harvard University, Cell and Developmental Biology (1986)
BA Wesleyan University, Biology (1980)
Postdoctoral Fellow Yale University
Postdoctoral Fellow Cambridge University

Honors & Recognition

  • Visiting ProfessorENS, Lyon, France (2011)

  • Junior Faculty FellowshipYale University (1993)

  • Postdoctoral FellowshipNational Science Foundation (1989)

  • Postdoctoral FellowshipJane Coffin Childs Fund (1986)

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