Elizabeth Haswell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been named a Faculty Scholar with the Simons Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and serves as Research Director for the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology. Liz is a Reviewing Editor for The Plant Cell and is currently a Guest Editor for Current Opinion in Plant Biology. She serves on the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee, and the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee, and in 2018 was elected as an AAAS council delegate. She is an advocate for science communication and for an academic culture that values sustainability, diversity, and authenticity. She is a co-host of the Plantae Taproot podcast.
The Haswell Lab aims to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which land plants perceive force, with a particular focus on mechanosensitive ion channels. The Haswell group is currently studying the structure, function, regulation, and evolution of several families of mechanosensitive ion channels using live-imaging, single channel patch clamp electrophysiology, and complementary biochemical and molecular genetic approaches. They are also engaged in functional and genetic screens designed to identify novel mechanosensory proteins, and in the development of new tools for the non-invasive analysis of membrane forces.
Keywords: mechanosensitive ion channels, mechanosensitivity, cell signaling, programmed cell death, biochemical and molecular genetic approaches, live-imaging, electrophysiology; mechanobiology
Working Group(s): Working Group 1: How do cells sense their mechanical environment?; Working Group 2: How do cells adapt to and change their mechanical environment?; Working Group 3: How do cells remember their mechanical environment?; Working Group 4: Crosscutting and Emerging Technologies