CDA Spring Lecture Series: Alexandra Jazz Dickinson


Thursday, May 12
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

On Zoom

The Chemistry of Development: Uncovering Small Molecule Regulators of Root Patterning

Alexandra Jazz Dickinson
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California San Diego

Theme: The many facets of chloroplasts – hosted by Dr. Juan C. Moreno


Small molecules, ranging from lipids to metabolites, are essential regulators of plant development and stress response. Apocarotenoids, metabolites derived from carotenoid pigment molecules, can be exquisitely tunable signaling cues in plant development. However, despite their importance, there remain fundamental gaps in our understanding of apocarotenoid-driven regulation of stem cell behavior. To address this, we are applying targeted chemical genetic approaches to uncover apocarotenoid signaling compounds and related genes that regulate plant development. 

About the speaker

Jazz Dickinson received her Ph.D. in chemistry from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She conducted her post-doctoral research in developmental plant biology with Professor Philip Benfey at Duke University. She has also served as a visiting scientist at Stanford University and is a recipient of the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service at UNC-CH, and Ruth L. Kirschstein Graduate Fellowship Award. She joined the UCSD faculty in 2020, where she is pursuing research in small molecule regulation of development.

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This opportunity is brought to you by the Center for Desert Agriculture.