We are delighted to announce that Stéphanie will lead a large research project awarded over 32 million Swedish crowns by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, with the aim to investigate plant cell identity. Our co-researchers in this 5-year multidisciplinary project, Decoding cell fate with positional information, will be Stéphane Verger and Peter Marhavý, also from Umeå Plant Science Centre at SLU, Eleni Stavrinidou from Linköping University and Maria Tenje from Uppsala University. We will use Arabidopsis thaliana root epidermal hair and non-hair cells as models to understand which positional information controls a cell’s identity fate relative to its position within a complex organ. We will explore whether this positional information consists of chemical, geometric, mechanical and/or electrical signals, with our most ambitious goal being to develop a totally novel “plant-on-chip”, consisting of an artificial root model bioprinted on a microchip. Read more about our plans here!