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Daniel B Szymanski

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Professor
WSLR, Room 226

Dan Szymanski’s lab is trying to understand how protein complexes can function across wide spatial scales to control cell, tissue and organ morphogenesis. His research combines forward genetics, biochemistry, and multivariate live cell imaging. Plant systems include Arabidopsis and soybean leaf development and physiology, cotton fiber morphogenesis, and seed development in rice. Recently, in collaboration with labs in biological and mechanical engineering his group is combining 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 the development of 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

(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. provisional filed. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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