Heather McFarlaneDepartment of Plant Plant Cell Biology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada F1000 Associate Faculty Member (since 15 April 2010)
Heather McFarlane is an Associate Faculty Member who works with Faculty Member Lacey Samuels to recommend the scientific literature in their field.CURRENT POSITION:
Member of the Samuels Lab
PhD (in progress) Botany, University of British Columbia (2008-present)
MSc Cell Biology, McGill University (2006-2008)
BSc (honours) Cell and Developmental Biology, University of British Columbia (2002-2006)
In a broad sense, I am interested in intracellular trafficking and secretion. I am particularly interested in polarized secretion, and in the factors governing the establishment and maintenance of organelle identity.
Currently, I am studying lipid export from plant cells. My model systems include the cuticular wax-secreting epidermal cells of Arabidopsis thaliana and Sorghum bicolor, and the essential oil-secreting glands of peppermint. All three of these plant cell types secrete extraordinary large volumes of lipids during particular time-points in their development. However, the mechanisms of this transport have not yet been elucidated. I am using a combination of approaches including light and electron microscopy, reverse genetics, and biochemistry to characterize the molecular mechanisms behind plant lipid export.
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