Bruce Kohorn

Affiliation: Biology, Biochemistry
Linnean Professor of Biology and Biochemistry

We use genetics, microscopy and biochemistry of Arabidopsis to understand how cell surface receptors regulate plant development and the response to pathogens. I study the vascular plant Cell Wall Associated Kinases, WAKs, that serve as pectin receptors required for both normal cell elongation and for an induced stress response.

Bruce Kohorn delivers the Linnean Professorship of Biology and Biochemistry Inaugural Lecture. The lecture, titled "From Mountains to Membranes," will be an exploration of the mechanisms that create plant cell form and function, with a concentration on the cell surface and its interaction with the cell wall.


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Images taken of plant leaf cells on Confocal Microscope.
Left: Actin in green, red is chloroplasts.
Right: vacuolemembrane in green with red chloroplasts.
Confocal microscope cross section

Left:View of Arabidopsis leaf; nuclei in green, chloroplasts in red.
Right: Confocal Image of Arabidopsis protoplast expressing WAK in green, Vacuole marker in red, chlorophyll in blue 

Bruce Kohorn


  • PhD, Yale University
  • MS, Yale University
  • BA, University of Vermont