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Welcome to the Schrick Lab

Welcome to the Schrick Lab in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  Our research bridges genetics and molecular biology as well as biochemistry and evolutionary biology!

Our lab is affiliated with the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group (BMBGG), Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology Program (MCDB), the Genetics Interdepartmental Graduate Program, the Ecological Genomics Institute, the Ecology, Evolution and Genomics Program (EEG), the Kansas Lipidomics Research Center, and the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research.

Integrating growth and signaling networks in development

How does an embryo arise from a single cell?  Plant embryos establish an apical-basal axis comprised of organized tissues during early development.  Among the tissues formed are stem cell populations that give rise to the shoot and the root.  Our lab is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that govern how plant cells differentiate.

Within the last ~15 years, characterization of a group of sterol biosynthesis mutants of Arabidopsis revealed that sterol composition is crucial for cell-type differentiation. We are investigating the molecular functions of sterols in plants using genetics interfaced with systems biology platforms in genomics, proteomics, and lipidomics.  Our quest to identify new lipid-binding signaling proteins has led to our study of plant-specific homeodomain transcription factors that contain START domains.  Related to this, we are investigating evolutionary mechanisms that led to the emergence of the land plants from the Charophycean green algae ~450 million years ago.  Learn more about our research by navigating this website.

Highlights

Nov. 9, 2017 - Vaithish is named a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship.

Nov. 6, 2017 – Thiya will present an MCDB Seminar on "A Homeodomain transcription factor, its START domain and epidermal development" at 4 pm, AK 324.

Aug. 4, 2017 – Ecology and Evolution in Changing Environments REU Symposium, 9 am -12:30 pm, AK 232.

July 8, 2017 – Science Saturday at the Sunset Zoo featured the Biology REU students.

June 12, 2017 – Kathrin receives a Big12 Faculty Fellowship to visit Iowa State University in 2017-18.

May 30, 2017 – Welcome to Jordan Trant who is participating in the REU program in Biology this summer.

May 19, 2017 – Vaithish is named the Sigma Xi Undergraduate Representative from Kansas State University.

May 2, 2017 – Vaithish is selected as campus candidate for the Rhodes/Marshall Scholarship.

April 28, 2017 – Vaithish receives a Dr. Brian Spooner Scholarship.

April 21, 2017 – Johnson Cancer Center Awards banquet.  Vaithish and Kyler receive Undergraduate Research Awards.

April 19, 2017 – Kyler receives the K-INBRE StAR Trainee Scholarship for 2017-18.

March 31, 2017 – Congrats to Vaithish, the recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship for 2017-18.