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Elliot Meyerowitz - Plant Growth: How Stem Cells Make Stems

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Beckman Auditorium

Plants are the dominant source of our food, clothing, shelter, and many pharmaceutical drugs, yet we know very little about how they live and grow. Elliot Meyerowitz's laboratory studies the collections of stem cells that create stems, leaves, and flowers, focusing on the spiral phyllotaxis pattern, in which successive leaves or flowers appear at angles of roughly 140 degrees. In his talk, Meyerowitz will describe how this pattern forms, answering questions that long have intrigued mathematically inclined biologists and revealing surprising modes of communication between plant stem cells.

This event is free; no tickets or reservations are required. A minimum of 700 seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Reserved section tickets are available to members of The Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates, and to Caltech alumni.

About the Speaker

Elliot Meyerowitz is the George W. Beadle Professor of Biology at Caltech in the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering; and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight an assistant professor's research each season.


Series: Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series
Admission is free; no tickets required.
For more information, please phone (626) 395-4652 or email

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