Ram Dixit joined the biology department in 2008. He is also the Associate Director of Education for the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB). The Dixit lab seeks to understand the mechanisms underlying plant cell morphogenesis. The work focuses on the cortical microtubule cytoskeleton, which defines plant cell shape by serving as a scaffold for cell wall assembly.
My collaborations with faculty in the Biology Department and in other departments including in the Engineering and Medical Schools, has allowed me to pursue exciting new research questions which has expanded our research portfolio. I also greatly appreciate the Department’s support of the interdisciplinary Cellular Transformations course which combined architecture, design and biology to address real-world problems.
Being a professor means that I am free to pursue ideas that are interesting to me and impart the excitement of biology and discovery to students. I love the back and forth between research and teaching. I was interested in science even as a kid but did not think about pursuing academia until college when I engaged in undergraduate research and really enjoyed it.”
To learn more about the Dixit Lab’s research, visit http://pages.wustl.edu/dixit.