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We are tearing apart a next generation sequencing machine to scavenge parts for use in our home built automated microscopes. Follow our progress on the Illumina GAIIx teardown blog.      Click on the thumbnail above to see evidence for multiple high temperature sensing mechanisms in plants. The plant in the top movie was heated at 37 degrees, the one on the bottom was heated at 40 degrees. Note the differences in the timing and location of the responses. This work is described in Kast et al., 2013

Welcome to the Kaplinsky lab

My lab uses molecular genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry to study how plants sense and respond to high temperatures and ensure normal growth and development even when exposed to temperature stresses.

We primarily use Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system to identify and understand the functions of and connections among the genes involved in the cellular processes involved in coordinating temperature responses and development. Arabidopsis is a small and fast (6 weeks from seed to seed!) plant with a fully sequenced genome, robust forward and reverse genetics, and great cell biology in its clear root cells. All of these properties make Arabidopsis a great organism for research at an undergraduate college. Most of the research in the lab is performed by Swarthmore undergraduates who have the opportunity to work independently and to make significant contributions to lab publications.

In addition to research I teach several courses including Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Genomics and Systems Biology, and Plant Molecular Genetics.