M Linardić and SA Braybrook. (2020) Identification and selection of optimal reference genes for qPCR-based gene expression analysis in Fucus distichus under various abiotic stresses. bioRxiv (and PLoS One)

M Linardić, SJ Cokus, M Pellegrini, and SA Braybrook. (2020) Growth of the Fucus embryo: insights into wall-mediated cell expansion through mechanics and transcriptomics. bioRxiv


SA Braybrook. (2019) Auxin and Organogenesis: Initiation of Organs and Nurturing a Scientific Spirit. Plant Cell. *part of the Reflections on The Plant Cell Classics Series.


JL Kaplan, TA Torode, F Bou Daher, and SA Braybrook. 2019. On Pectin Methyl-esterification: Implications for In vitro and In vivo Viscoelasticity. bioRxiv.


RV Vofeley, J Gallagher, GD Pisano, M Bartlett, SA Braybrook. (2018). Of puzzles and pavements: a quantitative exploration of leaf epidermal cell shape. bioRxiv and The New Phytologist

F Bou Daher, Y Chen, B Bozorg, J Clough, H Jonsson, SA Braybrook. (2018). Anisotropic growth is achieved through the additive mechanical effect of material anisotropy and elastic asymmetry. bioRxiv and eLife


S RobinsonM HuflejtP Barbier de ReuilleSA BraybrookM SchorderetD ReinhardtC Kuhlemeier. (2017).  An automated confocal micro-extensometer enables in vivo quantification of mechanical properties with cellular resolution. The Plant Cell

TA Torode, RE O’Neill, SE Marcus, V Cornuault, S Pose-Albacete, RP Lauder, SK Kracun, MG Rydahl, MCF Andersen, WGT Willats, SA Braybrook, BJTownsend, MH Clausen, JP Knox. (2017). Branched pectic galactan in phloem-sieve-element cell walls: implications for cell mechanics. Plant Physiology.

M Linardic and S Braybrook. (2017). Towards An Understanding Of Spiral Patterning In The Sargassum muticum Shoot Apex. bioRxiv and Scientific Reports

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R Carter, H Woolfenden, A Baillie, S Amsbury, S Carroll, E Healicon, S Sovatzoglou, S Braybrook, JE Gray, J Hobbs, Richard J. Morris, AJ Fleming. (2017). Stomatal Opening Involves Polar, Not Radial, Stiffening Of Guard Cells. Current Biology

A Weber, S Braybrook, M Huflejt, G Mosca, A L Routier-Kierzkowska, R S Smith. (2015). Measuring the mechanical properties of plant cells by combining micro-indentation with osmotic treatments. Journal of Experimental Botany. first published online April 7, 2015

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Z Kong, M Ioki, SA Braybrook, S Li, Z-H Ye, Y-RJ Lee, T Hotta, A Chang, J Tian, G Wang, B Liu (2015). Kinesin-4 functions in vesicular transport on cortical microtubules and regulates cell wall mechanics during cell elongation in plants. Molecular Plant Online Advance


 SA Braybrook (2015) Measuring the elasticity of plant cells with Atomic Force Microscopy. In: Biophysical Methods in Cell Biology, eds. E Paluch. Elsevier.


SA Braybrook, A Peaucelle (2013) Mechano-Chemical Aspects of Organ Formation in Arabidopsis thaliana: The Relationship between Auxin and Pectin. PLoS ONE 8(3): e57813. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057813


DH Chitwood, LR Headlan1, ARanjan, SA Braybrook, DP Koenig, C Martinez, C Kuhlemeier, RS Smith, and NR Sinha. 2012. Leaf asymmetry as a developmental constraint imposed by auxin-dependent phyllotactic patterning. The Plant Cell. 24:1-10.


A Peaucelle*, SA Braybrook*, L Le Guillou, E Bron, C Kuhlemeier, H Hofte. 2011. Pectin-Induced Changes in Cell Wall Mechanics Underlie Organ Initiation in Arabidopsis.Current Biology. Online Oct. 6th. *Co-first authors


SL Stone, SA Braybrook, SL Paula, LW Kwong, J Meuser, J Pelletier, T-F Hsieh, RL Fischer, RB Goldberg, JJ Harada. 2008. Arabidopsis LEAFY COTYLEDON2 Induces Maturation Traits and Auxin Activity: Implications for Somatic Embryogenesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 105:3151-3156.

SA Braybrook, SL Stone, S Park, AQ Bui, BH Le, RL Fischer, RB Goldberg, JJ Harada. 2006. Genes directly regulated by LEAFY COTYLEDON2 provide insight into the control of embryo maturation and somatic embryogenesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA . Feb 28;103(9):3468-73.

Recent Review Publications

G Arsuffi and S A Braybrook. 2017. Acid growth: an ongoing trip. J Ex Bot.


S A Braybrook. 2017. Plant Development: Lessons from Getting It Twisted (Dispatch on Saffer et. al. 2017). Current Biology, 27(15):R758-R760.

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A Bucksch, A Atta-Boateng, A F Azihou, D Battogtokh, A Baumgartner, B M Binder, S Braybrook, C Chang, V Coneva, T DeWitt, A Fletcher, M Gehan, D H Diaz Martinez, L Hong, A Iyer-Pascuzzi, LL Klein, S A Leiboff, M Li, J Lynch, A Maizel, J N Maloof, RJ C Markelz, C Martinez, L A Miller, W Mio, W Palubicki, H Poorter, C Pradal, C Price, E Puttonen, J Reese, R Rellán-Álvarez, E P Spalding, E E. Sparks, C N Topp, J H Williams, D H Chitwood. 2017. Morphological plant modeling: Unleashing geometric and topological potential within the plant sciences. Frontiers in Plant Science.

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SA Braybrook and H Jonsson. 2015. Shifting foundations: the mechanical cell wall and development. Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 29:115-120.

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G Levesque-Tremblay, J Pelloux, SA Braybrook, K Muller. 2015. Tuning of pectin methylesterification: consequences for cell wall biomechanics and development. Planta.

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F Bou Daher and SA Braybrook. 2015. How to let go: pectin and plant cell adhesion. Front. Plant Sci. 6:523.

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SA Braybrook. 2015. Film: Infinite freedom of creation. A review for Nature Plants. Nature Plants 1, Article number:15059. You can watch the film here!

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SA Braybrook. 2014. Signalling in plant cell patterning- mechano-molecular theory and phyllotaxis. In: The Biochemist. Invited contribution.


P Milani, SA Braybrook, A Boudaoud. 2013. Shrinking the hammer: micromechanical approaches to morphogenesis. Journal of Experimental Botany. (first published online July 19, 2013)


SA Braybrook, H Hofte, A Peaucelle. 2012. Probing the mechanical contributions of the pectin matrix: insights for cell growth. Plant, Signaling, and Behavior. 7(8):45-46.PSBA Peaucelle, SA Braybrook, H Hofte. 2012. Cell wall mechanics and growth control in plants: the role of pectins revisited. In: Frontiers in Plant Physiology, Research Topic: Current challenges in plant cell walls. Volume 3, article No. 121.

FrontiersSA Braybrook and C Kuhlemeier. How a plant builds leaves. 2010. The Plant Cell. 22: 1006-1018.