Dr. Gillian Dean
B.Sc. (Hons) 1999: Durham University, UK
Ph.D. Plant Molecular Biology 2003: Durham University, UK
I first joined the Haughn lab in 2003 as a Post Doctoral Fellow, where I cloned and characterised the MUM2 gene, a β-galactosidase involved in seed coat mucilage modification. I continued as a Research Associate, and contributed to a project that completed profiling of gene expression in developing Arabidopsis seeds. From 2008 until 2012 I had a sojourn in Indonesia, where I worked on DNA barcoding of tropical plants and the biogeography of Eucalyptus deglupta. I returned to Vancouver in February 2012 and joined the Haughn and Kunst labs as Research Associate where I am looking the links between seed coat development and seed oil accumulation in Arabidopsis and the industrial oilseed crop Camelina sativa.