Characterization of ER-PM contact site components involved in plant stress tolerance
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.
The biology of viruses that infect marine phytoplankton and bacteria, and the role of these viruses in population dynamics and geochemical cycles.
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.
Plant Developmental Genetics. Molecular genetics of seed coat development in Arabidopsis thaliana.
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.
Plant molecular systematic and evolution; the evolution of asexual polyploid complexes in higher plants.
Plant molecular biology, genomics and biochemistry. Natural products and chemical ecology of forest trees.
Genome evolution, polyploidy, duplicate gene fates and evolution, evolution of gene regulation, alternative splicing, non-coding RNAs
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
plant genomics, environmental stresses, seed development, gene expression
Molecular genetic and biochemical studies of seed lipid and epicuticular wax metabolism and their regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Speciation, domestication, conservation biology, and weed evolution.
Molecular phylogenetic studies of fungi and evolution of fungal life history stategies.
Early eukaryote evolution, molecular phylogeny, protistology.
Marine phycology; biomechanics of macroalgae.
The study of plant form using the techniques of comparative genomics, molecular developmental biology and evolutionary biology.
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.
Spider systematics and evolution.
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.
We are interested in how local resistance and systemic acquired resistance are regulated in plants.