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Barbara Ambrose

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458


Taxa Studied: Lycophytes (Selaginella apoda, S. moellendorffii), Ferns (Elaphoglossum, Ceratopteris richardii, C. thalictroides), Angiosperms (Arabidopsis thaliana
Techniques Employed: general molecular biology techniques, functional analyses, morphological analyses (SEM, histology, microscopy), expression analyses (in situ hybridization, transcriptomes)
Research Description: My main research interest is in understanding the molecular genetic basis of plant morphological diversity. I started my research career working with angiosperms particularly the monocots, Zea mays and Lacandonia schismatica, and used a variety of approaches to understand distinct morphological features within these two species. Research in both species involved the investigation of the role of MADS-box genes in the development of these plants. Although I have a few projects investigating floral MADS-box genes in diverse species, the vast majority of my research has recently moved away from the angiosperms to understanding the morphology of lycophytes and ferns. My evolutionary developmental research at NYBG is synergistic and enhanced by the expertise of garden scientists in the morphology of lycophytes and ferns.
Lab Web Page: http://www.nybg.org/science/scientist_profile.php?id_scientist=104
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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