Magdalena Bezanilla

Magdalena Bezanilla

Professor, Biology


B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994
Ph.D., John's Hopkins School of Medicine, 2000


Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, 2000
Washington University, St Louis, 2000-2005

Research Area: Cell and Developmental Biology
Field of Study: The role of the actin cytoskeleton in the morphogenesis and development of plant cells
Office: 375D Morrill IV South

How plant cells grow, one of the most fundamental aspects of plant biology, remains an open question. Our research focuses on understanding how proteins within the cell direct and regulate plant cell growth and morphogenesis. We are particularly interested in the role of regulators of the filamentous actin cytoskeletal network and have pioneered the use of the moss Physcomitrella patens to show that regulators of actin dynamics are critical for proper cell growth.

Bezanilla Lab Website