Molecular Biology

NameResearch Abstract
Abel Rosado

Characterization of ER-PM contact site components involved in plant stress tolerance

Beverley Green

Genomics, molecular evolution and chloroplast protein import in algae with chlorophyll c (diatoms, dinoflagellates and other chromists). Evolution of genes for light-harvesting antenna proteins and their stress-induced relatives. Photoacclimation in diatoms. Replication and transcription of minicircular chloroplast genes in dinoflagellates.

Curtis Suttle

The biology of viruses that infect marine phytoplankton and bacteria, and the role of these viruses in population dynamics and geochemical cycles.

Geoffrey Wasteneys

Plant Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics; organization of the cytoskeleton and its role in cell wall formation, intracellular motility and growth anisotropy in the higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the characean algae; plant responses to abiotic and endogenous signals.

George Haughn

Plant Developmental Genetics. Molecular genetics of seed coat development in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Jae-Hyeok Lee

Life cycle transitions of sexual eukaryote; Molecular mechanisms of nutrient sensing in phototrophic eukaryotes; Ubiquitin-dependent mechansism for chloroplast quality control; Evolution of developmental/epigenetic mechanisms; Macroevolutionary transitions from prokaryotes to eukaryotes and from green algae to land plants; Mitigating climate change by engineering algae for efficient carbon capture and biofuel production.

Jeannette Whitton

Plant molecular systematic and evolution; the evolution of asexual polyploid complexes in higher plants.

Jörg Bohlmann

Plant molecular biology, genomics and biochemistry. Natural products and chemical ecology of forest trees.

Kathryn Zeiler
Keith Adams

Genome evolution, polyploidy, duplicate gene fates and evolution, evolution of gene regulation, alternative splicing, non-coding RNAs

Lacey Samuels

Plant cell biology, cellular basis of secretion of plant cell wall components; lignification in xylem development; ABC transporters and cuticle secretion

Laura Wegener Parfrey

Microbiome of coastal marine organisms; eukaryotes in the microbiome

Liang Song

plant genomics, environmental stresses, seed development, gene expression

Ljerka Kunst

Molecular genetic and biochemical studies of seed lipid and epicuticular wax metabolism and their regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Loren Rieseberg

Speciation, domestication, conservation biology, and weed evolution.

Mary Berbee

Molecular phylogenetic studies of fungi and evolution of fungal life history stategies.

Patrick Keeling

Early eukaryote evolution, molecular phylogeny, protistology.

Patrick Martone

Marine phycology; biomechanics of macroalgae.

Quentin Cronk

The study of plant form using the techniques of comparative genomics, molecular developmental biology and evolutionary biology.

Santokh Singh
Sean Graham

Systematics and evolution of vascular plants, focusing on using DNA sequence data to infer relationships at deep and recent levels of seed plant, angiosperm and monocot phylogenetic history.

Wayne Maddison

Spider systematics and evolution.

Xin Li

Utilizing a combination of molecular genetics, biochemical and genomics approaches to understand the natural resistance mechanisms of plants against microbial pathogens including fungi, bacteria, and viruses. 

Yuelin Zhang

We are interested in how local resistance and systemic acquired resistance are regulated in plants.