José R. Dinneny

Professor of Biology
Post-doc, Duke University, Plant Systems Biology (2008)
PhD, University of California, San Diego, Biology (2005)
BS, University of California, Berkeley, Plant Biology and Genetics (2000)
José R. Dinneny
José Dinneny earned his BS in Plant Biology and Genetics from UC Berkeley. He pursued his Ph.D. at UC San Diego, under Detlef Weigel at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Martin Yanofsky in the Division of Biology, focusing on molecular genetic processes governing plant organ shape. As a post-doc, he joined the lab of Philip Benfey at Duke University, pioneering the use of Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) to create the first tissue-specific map of transcriptional changes during abiotic stress. José established his independent lab at the Temasek Lifesciences Laboratory (TLL) in Singapore, concurrently affiliated with the National University of Singapore's Department of Biological Sciences. In 2011, he moved his lab to the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, and in 2018, he joined Stanford University as a Professor in the Biology Department.

Over 15 years, Dinneny's research has revealed novel plant adaptations to water-related stresses, with broad physiological and agricultural implications. He unraveled developmental and molecular mechanisms, introduced innovative imaging and robotics approaches for plant-environment studies, and pioneered synthetic biology tools for precise plant engineering.

José's accolades include Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator, AAAS Fellow, HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar, National Research Foundation of Singapore fellow, NIH Ruth Kirschstein post-doctoral fellow, and HHMI predoctoral fellow. He was featured in Science News magazine's "2017 SN 10: Scientists to Watch" list and honored in 2023 with the Charles Albert Shull award by the American Society of Plant Biologists.


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Antoinette Cain

Research Interests

Field of Interest
Understanding how plants perceive, use and interact with water at multiple scales