Dr. Jacqueline Monaghan, Assistant Professor of Biology at Queen's University
The plant immune system is multi-faceted and composed of many different classes of proteins. The aim of our work is to find out how key immune proteins work at the molecular level, how they are activated and repressed, and how they influence normal growth and development. We study immunity and immune homeostasis in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and use a combination of methods including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology. You can read more about our research on our lab webpage.
I studied undergraduate biology at the University of Toronto (2001-2005), obtained a doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia (2005-2010), and conducted postdoctoral research at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, England (2010-2015). I have been an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Queen's University since January 2016.
I tend to emphasize first principles and encourage independent and critical thinking through literature assignments and lab projects.