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Mannie Liscum

Research interest The Liscum lab employs the Arabidopsis plant as a model to study how plants alter their growth and development in response to subtle and rapid environmental changes. Primarily Liscum studies the molecular mechanisms of phototropism, or how plants grow toward or away from directional light. The lab’s research has lead to advances in:

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Sherry Flint-Garcia

Research Interest The Flint-Garcia lab is interested in several aspects of genetic diversity in maize. Artificial selection has impacted maize diversity during its domestication from teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis) to landraces, and during plant breeding from landraces to modern inbred lines. One specific area of research is examining the impact of artificial selection on

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Gary Stacey

Education B.S., Biology, Bowling Green State University Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Texas, Austin Research Description Host-microbe interactions The Soybean-Bradyrhizorium japonicum symbiosis: A major focus of research in the Stacey lab is the symbiosis between the bacterium B.japonicum and its host plant, soybean. The result of this interaction is the establishment of a novel organ, nodule, on the root of

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Henry Nguyen

Education B.S., Crop Science, Pennsylvania State University M.S., Plant Breeding, Pennsylvania State University Ph.D., Agronomy (Plant Genetics), University of Missouri Research Description Henry Nguyen has a research program in molecular genetics and biotechnology. His research interests include structural and functional genomics of soybean and model plants. Specific research areas include: Genetic and physical mapping of

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Walter Gassmann

Education M.S., Biochemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland Ph.D., Biology, University of California, San Diego Research Description Plants are continuously exposed to potential pathogens, yet most plants are resistant to most pathogens. Plants have evolved a surveillance system with similarities to the innate immune system of animals that detects invading pathogens. Specifically, plants express

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John J. Tanner

Lab website link Education Degree School Location Major BS University of Missouri Columbia, Mo. Chemistry PhD Brown University Providence, R.I. Chemistry Research description We study protein structure and its relationships to protein function at the molecular and cellular levels.  The general term that is used for our brand of research is “structural biology”.  Common to

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Shuqun Zhang

Educational background Degree School Location Major BS Nanjing University China Biology PhD University of Texas Austin, Texas Plant Biology Notable honors and service CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (2002) Research description Research description: Protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation play important signaling roles in plant response to environmental stimuli. Extensive recent research in yeast and animals demonstrated

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Michael J. Petris

Educational background Degree School Location Major BSc University of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia Biochemistry/Genetics PhD University of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia Genetics Notable honors and service Organizer FASEB Conference on Trace Element Micronutrients, 2006 Organizing Committee, 5th International Meeting on Copper Homeostasis and its Disorders, 2006 Scientific Advisory Committee, Gordon Research Conference on Cell Biology of Metals,

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Mark Hannink

Education: BS Calvin College Grand Rapids, Mich. Chemistry MS University of Washington Seattle, Wash. Organic Chemistry PhD University of California-San Diego La Jolla, Calif. Biochemistry Notable honors and service Associate Director for Fellowships and Education, Life Sciences Center PI NIGMS-funded T32 training grant in Molecular Cell Biology PI NIGMS-funded Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD)

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