The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Anderson Lab

Charlie Anderson's lab studies the synthesis, modification, and degradation of plant cell walls.
Arabidopsis cell wall

Arabidopsis cell wall

The Anderson Lab uses molecular genetics, chemical biology, and live cell imaging to understand how the cell walls of plants are built, modified, and degraded over time.  Using techniques to specifically label the different components of cell walls, we measure the changes that these components undergo as the plant cell grows and changes shape.  In particular, we study the initial synthesis of the cell wall during cytokinesis; the functional interactions between pectins and cellulose, two important components of the cell wall; and the function of pectin-modifying genes in plant growth and development.  These research projects should inform efforts to produce sustainable food, materials, and bioenergy from plants.