Welcome to the Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology (PlantCMB) supergroup at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our university has been a pioneer in the development of Arabidopsis thaliana as a model plant.

Many laboratories on campus are still using Arabidopsis thaliana as a primary model but many other model systems like the legume Medicago truncatula or the grass Brachypodium distachyon as well as crops including corn (Zea mays) and soybean (Glycine max) are used to study fundamental mechanisms of plant biology across campus.

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Our values

The PlantCMB community welcomes and values individuals from all identities, cultures, backgrounds, experiences, statuses, and abilities. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and strive to be anti-racist. Our community is inclusive and celebrates diversity, which is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.

Arabidopsis thaliana plant - Credit Hiroshi Maeda
Nicotiana benthamiana cells expressing the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP)- Credit: Jean-Michel Ané

Steering Committee:

  • Burcu Alptekin (Postdoc)
  • Jean-Michel Ané (Professor)
  • Michael Busche (Postdoc)
  • Marie Kieth (Graduate Student)
  • Hiroshi Maeda (Professor)
  • Rafael Espejel Venado (Postdoc)


Our supergroup includes labs from many departments at the University of Wisconsin – Madison including:


Many approaches are used to study the fundamental mechanisms of plant biology including:

  • plant physiology
  • genetics
  • epigenetics
  • proteomics
  • biochemistry
  • advanced imaging methods