Shahram Shokrian Hajibehzad
Post-embryonic growth of rosette plants, including Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), is characterized by the formation of compact rosettes, followed by the elongation of inflorescence stems (bolting). Rosette formation requires inhibition of internode elongation during the vegetative phase, resulting in circular leaf clusters that grow near the ground. In contrast, during bolting newly formed internodes elongate, establishing a stem axis on top of the compact rosette. Bolting and rosette formation are considered adaptations; the former enables seed dispersal, while the latter protects plants under adverse climate conditions and (a)biotic stresses
As a Ph.D. candidate in Translational Plant Biology, Shahram's principal focus is on unlocking the molecular mechanisms that contribute to plant internode elongation, which has significant implications for crops and wild species alike.