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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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Change Tan

Research summary Mechanism of incomplete cytokinesis during germ cell development Research description Novel means of generating conditional mutations The functions of genes predicted from genome sequencing projects must be identified. This relies greatly on the analysis of loss-of-function phenotypes. Conventional gene-targeting techniques generate loss-of-function mutations by permanently deleting the specific gene of interest or by

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Kathleen Newton

Research summary Organization and gene content of mitochondrial genomes in plants Research description Although the nucleus contains the vast majority of the genes, mitochondria have their own DNA, coding for proteins vital for the survival of cells. In animals and most plants (including maize), mitochondrial genes are inherited only through the female parent. Plant mitochondrial

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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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Michael Garcia

Research summary Molecular and cellular control of nerve development and disease Research description Specification of axonal diameter is a key component of motor system development and functioning, as axonal diameter is major axonal property that specifies the velocity of electrical signal conduction in the nervous system. The diameter of myelinated axonal segments (internodes) is increased

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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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