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WashU mechanobiology research featured in Discover magazine

Li Hong Zhou, laboratories of Barbara G. Pickard and Guy M. Genin, NSF Science and Technology Center for Engineering MechanoBiol
Li Hong Zhou, laboratories of Barbara G. Pickard and Guy M. Genin, NSF Science and Technology Center for Engineering MechanoBiology, Washington University in St. Louis.

Guy Genin, the Harold and Kathleen Faught Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Barbara Pickard, professor emerita of biology and a faculty member in the NSF Center for Engineering MechanoBiology at Washington University, had a research image published in Discover magazine. The collection featured research images from NSF Science and Technology Centers. The image (No. 7) shows how a trichome, or the hair cell of a plant, fluoresces red with acidity and green to indicate base. The visible papillar bumps, which acidify when the trichome is touched, store chemicals that may discourage invading insects.

Genin is WashU’s principal investigator for a five-year, $25 million National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center grant focused on this area. This center, formed in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, aims to develop mechanobiology into an established discipline and produce a new generation of scientific leaders.