On Sun Lau

Dr On Sun Lau 柳岸新

Dr. Lau is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore. He received his B.Sc. and M.Phil. degrees in Molecular Biotechnology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2001 and 2004. He completed his Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology under Prof. Xing Wang Deng at Yale University in 2010, and received the John S. Nicholas Prize for his doctoral work. After his PhD training, he carried out his postdoctoral research in the lab of Prof. Dominique Bergmann at Stanford University.

Current work

Environment plays a key role in influencing how living organisms grow and develop. My research aims at understanding the mechanism of this influence at the cellular level, using stomatal guard cells in plants as a model system. Our lab employ a multidisciplinary approach, from cell biology to biochemistry, genetics to genomics, to decipher the environmental signaling network that controls the development of guard cells. Besides its values in fundamental research, the study of guard cells, which directly affect photosynthetic capacity and water usage, shall help guide efforts in crop improvement in the changing climate.