Seth DeBolt

Associate Professor

309 Plant Science Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0312

Phone
(859) 257-8654
The focus of my program is to understand cell shape and morphogenesis in plants, as shape determinants establish the fundamental building blocks of multicellular organism design. In plants, shape acquisition is a function of the rigid yet expansible cell wall that constrains internal turgor pressure of the cell. Therefore, the overarching goal of my program is to decode the genes and proteins responsible for cell wall biosynthesis. To approach this goal we are generating a chemical toolbox of cell wall inhibitory ligands combined with genetics to pinpoint key loci underpinning morphogenesis. The application of this fundamental research extends from fruit development to biomass and bioproduct development.