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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 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 crop plant engineering. Another major project in the lab is to develop a proteomics pipeline that can be used to discover and analyze endogenous protein complexes and how they change in response to environmental and developmental conditions.

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.
  • Delbaltov,D., Gaur, U., Kim, J., Kourakis, M., Newman-Smith, E., Belteton, S., Smith, W., Szymanski, D.B., Manjunath, B.S., 2016  CellEct: Cell Evolution Capturing Tool, BMC Bioinformatics 17:88-96.
  • 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. 16: 1972–1989. 
  • Li, J., Kim, T., and Szymanski, D.B. 2019 Multi-scale regulation of cell branching: Modeling morphogenesis. Dev Biol 451, 40-52.
  • Wong, J.H., Kato, T., Belteton, S.A., Shimizu, R., Kinoshita, N., Higaki, T., Sakumura, Y., Szymanski, D.B., and Hashimoto, T. 2019 Basic Proline-Rich Protein-Mediated Microtubules Are Essential for Lobe Growth and Flattened Cell Geometry. Plant Physiol 181, 1535-1551.
  • Jiang, J., Kao, P.-Y., Belteton, S.A., Szymanski, D.B., and Manjunath, B.S. 2019 Accurate 3D Cell Segmentation using Deep Feature and CRF Refinement. In IEEE internatonal conference on image processing (Taipei, Taiwan: IEEE Signal Processing Society). 

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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