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Matthew Brooks

Research Molecular Biologist

The aim of research in the lab is to use a systems biology approach that combines genomics, phenotyping, and computational biology to understand how photosynthesis and nitrogen use are coordinated in plants.

The three main objectives driving this work are to:

Improving our understanding of how genetic and environmental factors influence the coordination of photosynthesis and nitrogen assimilation will help identify strategies for improving crop production and reduce our dependence on nitrogen fertilizers. This is an important goal because fertilizer production is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change will in turn impact photosynthesis and crop yield. At a fundamental level, this work will also contribute to understanding the basic principles underlying how cellular networks process complex environmental signals.