Department of Biology and Biotechnology,
University of Rome Sapienza
Dr. Sabrina Sabatini is currently an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Roma, Sapienza, Italy.
Using the Arabidopsis thaliana root meristem as a model system, her laboratory aims to shed light on the molecular mechanisms that are involved in maintaining meristem activities and necessary to support continuous plant organ growth. In the root meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana, stem cells in the apical region self-renew and produce daughter cells that differentiate in the distal meristem transition zone. To ensure root growth, the rate of cell differentiation at the transition zone must equal the rate of generation of new cells. By means of Wet Biology and Computational Modelling approaches the group is interested in understanding how this balanced is achieved.