Samuel Wuest

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Research Interests

I am interested in how a multicellular organism, such as a flowering plant, develops from a single undifferentiated cell, and how evolutionary forces have shaped and are currently shaping the underlying developmental pathways. In my current work, I am trying to bridge the gap between developmental genetics and experimental ecology to assess how genetic variation in ecologically relevant traits influences plant fitness in different environments. Mainly, I am focusing on resource allocation strategies towards reproduction in plants – which are of great interest from both an ecological as well as agricultural point of view.

Keywords: maternal resource allocation, offspring begging, plant developmental genetics, next-gen sequencing, evo-devo


Education and Professional Positions

2014 - present Group leader/SNF Ambizione Fellow, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2012 - 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher (Marie Curie Fellow), Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2007 - 2011 Ph.D., Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
2005 - 2006 Research assistant, Institute of Plant Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2003 - 2005 M.Sc. Plant Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2002 - 2003 Assistant of Regulatory Affairs, Pfizer AG, Zurich, Switzerland
2000 - 2002 Undergraduate studies in Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Publications

  • Wuest SE., Philipp MA., Guthörl D., Schmid B., Grossniklaus U. (2016) Seed Production Affects Maternal Growth and Senescence in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 171(1):392-404. DOI: 10.1104/pp.15.01995
  • O'Maoiléidigh DS.*, Wuest SE*., Rae L., Raganelli A., Ryan PT., Kwasniewska K., Das P., Lohan AJ., Loftus B., Graciet E., Wellmer F. (2013) Control of Reproductive Floral Organ Identity Specification in Arabidopsis by the C Function Regulator AGAMOUS. DOI: 10.1105/tpc.113.113209
  • Wuest SE.*, O'Maoileidigh DS.*, Rae L., Kwasniewska K., Raganelli A., Hanczaryk K., Lohan AJ., Loftus B., Graciet E., Wellmer F. (2012) Molecular basis for the specification of floral organs by APETALA3 and PISTILLATA. PNAS, Aug 14;109(33):13452-7. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1207075109
  • Kessler SA., Shimosato-Asano H., Keinath NF., Wuest SE., Ingram G., Panstruga R., Grossniklaus U. (2010) Conserved molecular components for pollen tube reception and fungal invasion. Science, 330(6006):968-71. DOI: 10.1126/science.1195211
  • Kaufmann K.*, Wellmer F.*, Muiño JM., Ferrier T., Wuest SE., Kumar V., Serrano-Mislata A., Madueño F., Krajewski P., Meyerowitz EM., Angenent GC., Riechmann JL. (2010) Orchestration of floral initiation by APETALA1. Science, 328(5974):85-9. DOI: 10.1126/science.1185244
  • Wuest SE., Vijverberg K., Schmidt A., Weiss M., Gheyselinck J., Lohr M., Wellmer F., Rahnenführer J., von Mering C., Grossniklaus U. (2010) Arabidopsis female gametophyte gene expression map reveals similarities between plant and animal gametes. Current Biology, 20(6):506-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.01.051