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Gary Weisman

Research interest Nucleotide receptors and signaling in inflammation, cardiovascular and autoimmune exocrine disease. Research description Nucleotide receptors (P2 receptors) are present in nearly all cells and tissues where they mediate diverse functions including the regulation of platelet aggregation, muscle contraction, neurotransmission, insulin secretion, epithelial ion transport, wound healing and cell growth. We have isolated the

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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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Anand Chandrasekhar

Research Interest Researching with mice and zebrafish, he studies mechanisms involved in the development of the nervous system. He is particularly interested in the development of cranial motor neurons, which are groups of cells controlling the movement of various muscles in the vertebrate head such as the eyes and the jaw. Using cell biology and genetic

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James M. Amos-Landgraf

Research Emphasis: Our laboratory studies human colon cancer through the use of animal models. Using genetically engineered models of colon cancer in the mouse rat and pig, we are better able to understand the molecular genetic events that influence the initiation and progression of cancer.  To help us understand human colon cancer development and discover potential

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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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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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Susan C. McKarns

Fields of Interest Cellular and Molecular Immunology Education Ph.D., 2001, Michigan State University Research Statement T Cell Tolerance, Autoimmunity, Epigenetics, and Regulation of T Cell Differentiation The goal of our laboratory is directed towards the prevention and treatment of human autoimmune disorders, inflammatory diseases, and cancer. TGF-b is a family of secreted proteins that have

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John Cannon

Fields of Interest: Signal transduction Molecular genetics Protein molecular dynamics Education: B.S. 1978, University of Illinois-Urbana Ph.D. 1983, University of Wisconsin-Madison Post-doc 1987, University of Pennsylvania Research Statement Protein phosphorylation is a well-studied post-translational modification that regulates many aspects of protein function. Dr. Cannon uses a combination of powerful yeast molecular genetic techniques and computer

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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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Dennis B. Lubahn

Educational background Degree School Location Major BS University of South Florida Tampa, Fla. Clinical Chemistry PhD Duke University Durham, N.C. Biochemistry Notable honors and service Director, MU Center for Botanical Interaction Studies Director, MU Center for Phytonutrient and Phytochemical Studies Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, 1989-92 Research description I am the principal investigator and director

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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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