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Daniel B Szymanski

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Professor
WSLR, Room 226

Dan Szymanski’s lab in collaboration with labs in biological and mechanical engineering combines experimental and computational biology to discover how plant cells dynamically reorganize the cytoskeleton and the cell wall during cell morphogenesis. Iterative cycles of multivariate live cell imaging, finite element computational modeling is leading to realistic and predictive models of plant cell growth control that are enabling cellular engineering. Another major project in the lab is to develop a proteomics pipeline that can be used to discover and analyze protein complexes in both model and crop species.


Editorial Board Member

Plant Physiology

Frontiers in Plant Cell Biology


Grant Panelist



Awards & Honors

(2017) Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biology. American Society of Plant Biology.

(2012) Purdue Millionaire Club Competitive Grant Award 2010, 2011, 2012.

(2009) College of Agriculture Reseach Award. Purdue University.

(2006) Dan Szymanski. Purdue Study in a Second Discipline.


Aryal, U., & Szymanski, D. B. Proteomic Technology to Discover Protein Complexes that are Associated with Optimal Growth Conditions.. U.S. Patent No. US20160230180 A1. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Wu, T., Belteton, S. A., Lunsford, J., Szymanski, D. B., & Umulis, D. M. (2016). Quantitative image analysis of pavement cell morphogenesis with LobeFinder. Plant Physiology, 171, 32-2342.

Yanagisawa, M., Desyatova, A. S., Belteton, S., Mallery, E. M., Turner, J. A., & Szymanski, D. B. (2015). Patterning mechanisms of cytoskeletal and cell wall systems during leaf trichome morphogenesis. Nature Plant, 1, 15014.

Aryal, U., Xiong, Y., McBride, Z., Kihara, D., Xie, J., Hall, M., & Szymanski, D. (2014). A proteomic strategy for global analysis of plant protein complexes. Plant Cell, 26, 3867-3882.

Cai, C., Henty-Ridilla, J., Szymanski, D., & Staiger, C. (2014). Arabidopsis myosin XI: a motor rules the tracks. Plant Phys, 166, 1359-1370.

Yanagisawa, M., Zhang, C., & Szymanski, D. B. (2013). ARP2/3-dependent growth in the plant kingdom: SCARs for life. Frontiers Media SA, 4. doi:10.3389/fpls.2013.00166

Zhang, C., Mallery, E., Reagan, S., Boyko, V., Kotchoni, S., & Szymanski, D. (2013). The endoplasmic reticulum is a reservoir for WAVE/SCAR regulatory complex signaling in the Arabidopsis leaf. Plant Physiol, 162, 689-706.

Zhang, C., Mallery, E. L., & Szymanski, D. B. (2013). ARP2/3 localization in Arabidopsis leaf pavement cells: a diversity of intracellular pools and cytoskeletal interactions. Frontiers in plant science, 4, 238. doi:10.3389/fpls.2013.00238

Halsey, L., & Zhang, C. (2011). The development and geometry of shape change in Arabidopsis thaliana cotyledon pavement cells. BMC Plant Biology, 11, 27.

Zhang, C., Kotchoni, S., & Samuels, A. (2010). SPIKE1 signals originate from and assemble specialized domains of the endoplasmic reticulum. Current Biology, 20, 2144-2149.

Cosgrove, D. (2009). Dynamic coordination of cytoskeletal and cell wall systems during plant cell morphogenesis. Current Biol, 19, R800-R811.

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