Catharina Coenen

Professional Title

Professor, Director of Faculty Development


Plant Biology


Undergraduate work, Universität Bremen (Germany); Ph.D., Oregon State University

Catharina Coenen’s research focuses on the action of the hormone auxin in plant growth and development and in the interaction between plant roots and soil microbes. Working with students, she has been characterizing the role of auxin in mycorrhiza, an agriculturally and ecologically important symbiotic association between plant roots and fungi.