Z.LippmanProfessor and HHMI Investigator, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Tuesday, January 14, 8:45 AM / Town & Country Ballroom

Talk Title:  "Structural Variant Landscapes in Plant Genomes and Their Impact on Evolution, Domestication, and Breeding"

Zachary Lippman was not able to publish a video or materials affiliated with his presentation at this time.


Zachary Lippman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Professor (CSHL) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, attended Cornell University for his Bachelor’s degree where he studied plant biology and genetics. Lippman worked in the laboratory of Prof. Steven Tanksley where he completed honors research mapping the genes responsible for the evolution of extreme fruit size in tomato. His interests then shifted to fundamental questions of how gene activity is controlled, and Lippman attended the Watson School of Biological Sciences at CSHL for his Ph.D. where he worked with Prof. Robert Martienssen to investigate how transposons, heterochromatin and epigenetic mechanisms control gene activity in the model plant Arabidopsis. Lippman then moved to Israel for postdoctoral research with Prof. Dani Zamir where he studied quantitative genetics and heterosis in tomato. This led to an interest in plant development, and Lippman began studying the genes, pathways, and mechanisms controlling flowering and flower production in tomato and related Solanaceae, which became the foundation for his research at CSHL. For the last decade, Lippman has developed a research program that integrates genetics, development, comparative genomics and genome editing to study and apply the genes and molecular networks underlying the production and fate of stem cells and the relationships of these processes to shoot architecture and flower production. From this research, Lippman is developing and applying innovative concepts and tools for crop improvement.