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John C. Walker

Research interest Molecular mechanisms regulating cellular signaling in plants Education Ph.D., 1985, University of Georgia B.S., 1979, Arizona State University Selected publications Niederhuth, CE, Cho, SK, Seitz, K, Walker, JC ( 2013) Letting go is never easy: Abscission and receptor‐like protein kinases. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 55( 12): 1251– 1263. Taylor, I., Seitz, K., Bennewitz,

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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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James Schoelz

Education B.A. Biology/Chemistry, Point Loma College Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky Research Description The Jim Schoelz lab is working to understand the environmental and genetic factors that influence the pathogenicity and host range of plant viruses. They have identified a gene in cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) that triggers a hypersensitive defence response in solanaceous

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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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Toni Kazic

Overview Toni Kazic is an associate professor and the C. W. LaPierre Professor in the Department of Computer Science. She received a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1975, and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. Trained chiefly as a bacterial geneticist and molecular biologist with

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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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Paula McSteen

Research summary Genetic regulation of meristem function in plants Research description POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Postdoctoral scholar and graduate student positions available now. Full time undergraduate student positions available during the summer. Email resume to mcsteenp@missouri.edu Unlike animals, which make organs only during embryogenesis, plants make organs throughout their lifetime through the action of specialized groups of

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Pamela Brown

Research summary Molecular basis for polar growth in Agrobacterium tumefaciens Research description POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Postdoctoral scholar, graduate student, laboratory technician, and undergraduate student positions available now. Email resume to brownpb@missouri.edu My lab is interested in understanding the principles that govern bacterial morphology, a readily observable facet of microbial cell biology. One of the major unsolved

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James Birchler

Research summary Chromosome evolution and function in plants and fruit fly Research description Our laboratory studies gene expression in multicellular eukaryotes on both the specific gene and chromosomal levels using Drosophila and maize as experimental organisms. We are interested in the mechanisms involved, how the two levels are interconnected and how they evolve. A longstanding

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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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William R. Folk

Education B.A. Rice University, Houston, Texas, Magna cum laude in biochemistry Ph.D. Stanford University, Stanford, California, Biochemistry, Mentor: Dr. P. Berg, Nobel Laureate Honors 1966 Phi Beta Kappa, Rice University 1966 Phi Lambda Upsilon, Rice University 1966 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow 1970-72 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories, London, England

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