Seminar Videos


Robustness of organ size in flowers.
Invited seminar speaker, Saclay Plant Sciences Network virtual seminar, France, May 2020


Robustness of organ size in Arabidopsis.
Morphogenesis in Animals and Plants: Search for Principles, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara, August 2019


How variable cells make reproducible Arabidopsis sepals.
School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University
Plant Biology Section seminar series, August 2016


Imaging and modeling the patterning of Arabidopsis sepal cells.
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics Miniprogram: Morphodynamics of Plants, Animals and Beyond, UC Santa Barbara, September 2009

Adrienne Roeder, PhD

Adrienne Roeder is a Nancy M. & Samuel C. Fleming Term Associate Professor at the the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, and the Section of Plant Biology, School of Integrative Plant Science.

She studies the role that cell growth and division play in the diversity of cell size in the Arabidopsis sepal. Arabidopsis is a flowering plant and its sepal is the outermost green leaf-like floral organ that surrounds and protects the developing bud. A major part of Roeder’s research also involves imaging and computer modeling. “At some fundamental level, we don’t understand how cells grow and divide to make a plant organ. We usually think of a cell first adopting an identity and then altering its division pattern based on that identity. What I am really excited about is that my recent research implies that the reverse is also true. The way a cell divides can affect its identity. ”

Roeder has a history of laying the foundation for other researchers. During her graduate study, she identified a gene in Arabidopsis that resulted in the particular shape of the seedpod. Since then, different research groups have identified the same gene in rice and in canola.Before coming to Ithaca, Roeder worked with the Expanding Horizons program, which helps introduce inner-city middle school girls to science through hands-on demonstrations. For example, Roeder showed the girls how to isolate DNA from cauliflower using a blender. After isolating the DNA, she explained to the girls DNA’s role in all living organisms and how to translate DNA into amino acid sequences. Her lesson conclude with an explanation as to how changes in the DNA sequence led to an inactivation of a protein, which produced large heads of the cauliflower. Another goal of the program was to show the girls examples of women leadership in science. “With no background in science, it’s really difficult to know what it is like,” Roeder says. She is continuing to teach young girls about science here in New York state.

Recent Publications

Zhu, M., Chen, W., Mirabet, V., Hong, L., Bovio, S., Strauss, S., Schwarz, E.M., Tsugawa, S., Wang, Z., Smith, R.S.S, Li, C.-B., Hamant, O., Boudaoud, A., Roeder, A.H.K. (2020) Robust organ size requires robust timing of initiation orchestrated by focused auxin and cytokinin signalling. Nature Plants.

Moreno, S., Canales, J., Hong, L., Robinson, D., Roeder, A.H.K., and Gutiérrez, R.A. (2020) Nitrate defines shoot size through compensatory roles for endoreduplication and cell division in Arabidopsis thaliana. Current Biology 30, 1-13.

Zhu, M., and Roeder, A.H.K. (2020). Plants are better engineers: the complexity of plant organ morphogenesis. Current Opinion in Genetics and Development 63, 16–23.

Vadde, B.V.L., and Roeder, A.H.K. (2020). Can the French flag and reaction–diffusion models explain flower patterning? Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the French flag model. Journal of Experimental Botany 26, 962–12.

Ripoll, J.J., Zhu, M., Brocke, S., Hon, C.T., Yanofsky, M.F., Boudaoud, A., and Roeder, A.H.K. (2019)  Growth dynamics of the Arabidopsis fruit is mediated by cell expansion. PNAS. doi:10.1073/pnas.1914096116.

Roeder, A.H.K. (2019) Computational Image Processing in Microscopy. Plant Cell Teaching tools in Plant Biology. doi/10.1105/tpc.119.tt0819

Cammarata, J., Roeder, A.H.K., and Scanlon, M.J. (2019) Cytokinin and CLE signaling are highly intertwined developmental regulators across tissues and species. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 51, 96-104.

Roeder, A.H.K. and Harrison, C.J. (2019) Editorial Overview: Scaling development through the plant tree of life. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 47, A1-A4.

Robinson, Dana Olivia, Coate, Jeremy E, Singh, Abhyudai, Hong, Lilan, Bush, Maxwell S., Doyle, Jeff J., Roeder, Adrienne H. K. (2018) Ploidy and Size at Multiple Scales in the Arabidopsis Sepal. Plant Cell doi:10.1105/tpc.18.00344

Cammarata, Joseph and Roeder, Adrienne H.K. (2018) Development: Cell Polarity Is Coordinated over an Entire Plant Leaf. Current Biology 28, R884-R887.

Whitewoods, Chris D., Cammarata, Joseph, Nemec Venza, Zoe, Sang, Stephanie, Crook, Ashley D., Aoyama, Tsuyoshi, Wang, Xiao Y., Waller, Manuel, Kamisugi, Yasuo, Cuming, Andrew C., Szövényi, Péter, Nimchuk, Zachary L., Roeder, Adrienne H.K., Scanlon, Michael J. and Harrison, C. Jill. (2018) CLAVATA Was a Genetic Novelty for the Morphological Innovation of 3D Growth in Land Plants. Current Biology 28, 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.068.

Hong, Lilan, Dumond, Mathilde, Zhu, Mingyuan, Tsugawa, Satoru, Li, Chun-Biu, Boudaoud, Arezki, Hamant, Olivier, and Roeder, Adrienne H.K. (2018) Heterogeneity and robustness in plant morphogenesis: from cells to organs. Annual Review of Plant Biology. 69, 18.1–18.27.

Sapala, Aleksandra, Runions, Adam, Routier-Kierzkowska, Anne-Lise, Das Gupta, Minak, Hong, Lilan, Hofhuis, Hugo, Verger, Stéphane, Mosca, Gabriella, Li, Chun-Biu, Hay, Angela, Hamant, Olivier, Roeder, Adrienne H.K., Tsiantis, Miltos, Prusinkiewicz, Przemyslaw, Smith, Richard S. (2018) Why plants make puzzle-shaped cells, and how their shape emerges. eLife. 7, e32794.

Roeder, Adrienne .H.K. Use it or average it: stochasticity in plant development. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 41, 8-15. (2018)

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