Karen’s research focusses on understanding how differential growth can generate complex 3D shapes, such as those of carnivorous plant traps.
She uses a combination of genetics, Optical Projection Tomography, and confocal microscopy to observe and measure bladderwort trap development in 3D, using Utricularia gibba as a model system.
Karen has worked closely with computer scientists to analyse this image data and mathematically model differential growth.
Lee K. J., Coen E. S., Calder G., Hindle C., Newman J., Robinson S., Avondo J. (2017)Macro optical projection tomography for large scale 3D imaging of plant structures and gene activityJournal of Experimental Botany (68 (3))Publisher's version: 0022-0957
Lee K., Avondo J., Morrison H., Blot L., Stark M., Sharpe J., Bangham A., Coen E. (2006)Visualizing plant development and gene expression in three dimensions using optical projection tomographyPlant Cell (18)