Welcome to the Assmann lab website. Our research group studies plant responses to environmental stresses using the reference plant Arabidopsis thaliana, and the crop species rice (Oryza sativa) and canola (Brassica napus). Globally, abiotic stresses such as drought, temperature, and salinity are responsible for major crop losses every year, and many of these stresses are expected to be exacerbated by climate change. Research in the Assmann lab seeks to better understand how plants sense and respond to such stresses, as the first step toward approaches to mitigate their effects on crop productivity. We study plant stress biology at levels ranging from the single molecule to the whole plant, using techniques ranging from molecular biology and RNA chemistry to omics approaches (transcriptomes, proteomics, metabolomics), to in vivo single cell imaging and electrophysiology, to whole plant physiology and systems biology.