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Profile of the Dean

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Anja Geitmann is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Professor in the Department of Plant Science. She also holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Biomechanics of Plant Development

Dr. Geitmann leads an interdisciplinary team of cell biologists and mechanical engineers. Her research program focuses on the biomechanical principles underlying plant development and reproduction. Using powerful microscopical techniques and micromanipulation, her team investigates how sperm cells are delivered in plants during fertilization, how plant cells grow and divide, and how intracellular transport processes govern morphogenetic features. The ultimate goal of this research is to understand how genetic composition or a plant translates to its physical phenotype.

Dr. Geitmann obtained her PhD in 1997 from the University of Siena (Italy), following undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Constance (Germany), Oregon State University (USA), and Stockholm University (Sweden). Between 1997 and 2001 she performed postdoctoral research at the Université Laval, Québec, and at the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. From 2001 to 2015 Dr. Geitmann was Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences of the Université de Montréal and Scientist at the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale.

Dr. Geitmann is actively involved in the executive committees of numerous learned societies. She is the Vice-­President of the International Association of Plant Sexual Reproduction Research and serves on the editorial boards of multiple scientific journals including Plant Physiology. She has served on the organizing committees of numerous international meetings including Plant Biology 2010, Plant Biology 2014, M&M 2014 and Botany 2015. She was the organizer of the first Alumni Meeting of the Human Frontier Science Program, the International BIRS Workshop on 'Multiscale Modeling of Cell Wall Mechanics and Growth in Walled Cells' and a biannual series of Advanced Workshops on Fluorescence Microscopy Techniques. The quality of her teaching merited her a Teaching Award from the Faculté des Arts et des Science de l'Université de Montréal in 2012.



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