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Nat Prunet
Phone: 310-267-5772
Office: 5125 Terasaki Life Sciences Building

Research Interests

I am an Assistant Professor and the Director of the MCDB/BSCRC Microscopy Core Facility, where I teach Biology and Microscopy. Before opting for a career in microscopy, I trained as a plant developmental biologist, a field I chose for the wealth of imaging possibilities it offers. During my PhD and postdoc, I used a variety of widefield and confocal microscopy techniques to investigate the formation of flower buds at the tip of the stem in model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, and the genes and hormones that control this process. As a microscopist, I constantly work at the intersection of Science and Art (or SciArt) and this artistic aspect has long been an important driver for my work.

Selected Publications

Prunet N, "My favourite flowering image: an Arabidopsis inflorescence expressing fluorescent reporters for the APETALA3 and SUPERMAN genes", Journal of Experimental Botany - Flowering Newsletter (2018). [link]

Xu Y, Prunet N, Gan E-S, Wang Y, Stewart D, Wellmer F, Huang J, Jack TP, Meyerowitz EM, Ito T, "SUPERMAN regulates floral whorl boundaries through control of auxin biosynthesis", EMBO Journal (2018). [link]

Prunet N, "Live confocal imaging of the Arabidopsis flower", Journal of Visualized Experiments 122: (2017). [link]

Prunet N*, Yang W, Das P, Meyerowitz EM* and Jack TP, "SUPERMAN prevents class B gene expression and promotes stem cell termination in the fourth whorl of Arabidopsis thaliana flowers", PNAS 114 (27): 7166-7171 (2017). [link]

Prunet N*, Jack TP and Meyerowitz EM, "Live confocal imaging of Arabidopsis flower buds", Developmental Biology 419 (1): 114-120 (2016). [link]

Prunet N, and Meyerowitz EM, "Genetics and plant development", Comptes Rendus de l'Academie des Sciences - Biologies 339: 240-246 (2016). [link]

Prunet N, Morel P, Champelovier P, Thierry AM, Negrutiu I, Jack TP and Trehin C, "SQUINT promotes stem cell homeostasis and floral meristem termination in Arabidopsis through APETALA2 and CLAVATA signalling", Journal of Experimental Botany 66 (21): 6905-6916 (2015). [link]

Wellmer F, Bowman JL, Davies B, Ferrandiz C, Fletcher JC, Franks RG, Graciet E, Gregis V, Ito T, Jack TP, Jiao Y, Kater MM, Ma H, Meyerowitz EM, Prunet N, Riechmann JL, "Flower Development: Open Questions and Future Directions", Flower Development: Methods and Protocols 1110: 103-124 (2014). [link]

Prunet N, Jack TP, "Flower Development in Arabidopsis - there is more to it than learning your ABCs", Flower Development: Methods and Protocols 1110: 3-33 (2014). [link]

Ferrandiz C, Fourquin C, Prunet N, Scutt CP, Sundberg E, Trehin C, Vialette-Guiraud A, "Carpel development", Advances in Botanical Research 55: 1-73 (2010). [link]

Prunet N, Morel P, Negrutiu I, Trehin C, "Time to stop: flower meristem termination", Plant Physiology 150 (4): 1764-1772 (2009). [link]

Prunet N*, Morel P*, Thierry AM, Eshed Y, Bowman JL, Negrutiu I, Trehin C, "REBELOTE, SQUINT, and ULTRAPETALA1 function redundantly in the temporal regulation of floral meristem termination in Arabidopsis thaliana", Plant Cell 20 (4): 901-919 (2008). [link]