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Daniel B Szymanski

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Professor
765.494.8092
765.494.0363
WSLR, Room 226

 General Information

Dan Szymanski’s lab is trying to understand how protein complexes can function across wide spatial scales to control plant morphology. His research combines forward genetics, biochemistry, and quantitative live cell imaging. Recently, in collaborations with materials scientists and computational biologists, his team is learning how plant cells dynamically reorganize the cytoskeleton and the cell wall to program cell morphogenesis. Target traits for genetic improvement are cotton fiber quality and leaf anatomy. Another major project in the lab is the development and use of proteomic methods for systems level analyses of protein complex composition and dynamics.

Editorial Board Member

Plant Physiology

Frontiers in Plant Cell Biology

in silico Plants

Refereed Journal Articles (Google scholar page)

  • 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. 
  • Wu, T.-Z., Belteton, S., Lunsford, J., Szymanski, D.B., Umulis, D.B. 2016  Quantitative image analysis of pavement cell morphogenesis with LobeFinder. Plant Physiol. 171:2331-2342. 
  • Uma, A., McBride, Z., Chen, D., Xie, J., Szymanski, D.B. 2017 Analysis of protein complexes in Arabidopsis leaves using size exclusion chromatography and label-free protein correlation profiling, Journal of Proteomics. 166:8-18.  
  • McBride, Z., Chen, D., Reick, C., Xie, J., Szymanski, D.B., 2017 Global analysis of membrane-associated protein oligomerization using protein correlation profiling.  Mol Cell Proteomics. 16:1972–1989. 
  • Belteton, S., et al. 2018 Reassessing the roles of PIN proteins and anticlinal microtubules during pavement cell morphogenesis. Plant Physiol. 176:432-449. 10.1104/pp.17.01554 
  • Yanagisawa, M., Alonso, J.M., and Szymanski, D.B. 2018 Microtubule-dependent confinement of a cell signaling and actin polymerization control module regulates polarized cell growth. Current Biol 28, 2459-2466.
  • McBride, Z., Chen, D., Lee, Y., Aryal, U., Xie, J., Szymanski, D.B., 2019 A label free mass spectrometry method to predict endogenous protein complex composition.  Mol Cell Proteomics. 18: 1588-1606. 
  • Lee, Y., and Szymanski, D.B. 2021 Multimerization variants as potential drivers of neofunctionalization. Science Advances 7: eabf0984.
  • Belteton, S., Lee, W., Hatam, F.A., Szymanski, M.R., Marley, M.W., Turner, J.A., and Szymanski, D.B.2021 Real-time conversion of tissue-scale mechanical forces into an interdigitated growth pattern. Nature Plants 7, 826-841.

Review Articles

  • Szymanski, D.B. 2016 Math plus biology: building a knowledge base to engineer plant traits  Scientia 109.
  • Szymanski, D. B., et al. 2018 Cellular dynamics: cellular systems in the time domain." Plant Physiol 176: 12-15.
  • Szymanski, D. B. and C. J. Staiger 2018 The actin cytoskeleton: functional arrays for cytoplasmic organization and cell shape control. Plant Physiol. 176: 106-118.
  • Li, J., Kim, T., and Szymanski, D.B. 2019 Multi-scale regulation of cell branching: Modeling morphogenesis. Dev Biol 451, 40-52.


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