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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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