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Integrative Plant Sciences

Research includes:

  • Biofuels
  • Cell Biology and Morphogenesis
  • Cell Metabolism
  • Cell Signaling
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Development
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Interaction with the Environment
  • Plant Interaction with the Pathogens

Training Group Mission:

The Integrative Plant Sciences graduate program provides an opportunity for students to study a diverse array of aspects of plant sciences, including growth and development, cell biology, reproduction, physiology, metabolism, and gene expression. Students are provided with a broad-based curriculum that focuses on the study of basic plant sciences. Students conduct research employing multidisciplinary approaches to examine the biology of plants including molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. The research of Plant Biology group emphasizes basic plant sciences; however, many students are involved in projects that evaluate the biotechnological opportunities that stem from their research.

Faculty Membership

Research Area
Plant development and evolution
Structure and biosynthesis of the plant cell wall; gene discovery in cell wall biology; improvement of grasses as lignocellulosic bioenergy crops
Biochemistry and molecular biology of plant secondary metabolism
Plant disease resistance; regulation of gene expression and signal transduction during plant defense responses to microbial pathogens
The genetic basis of reproductive barriers and molecular mechanisms of plant adaptation. Cost effective integration of genomics for comparative and forward genetics research approaches.
Molecular mechanisms of floral scent formation in plants
Mechanism of the transfer to and expression of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti-plasmid in plant cells
Signal transduction, Transcription and gene regulation, High temperature stress, Growth factors/hormones/polyamines, Plant growth and development, Senescence, Phytonutrients, Fruit quality and postharvest shelf life
Plant Sciences
Molecular Genetics and Pathology - molecular and genetic basis of maize's interaction with fungal pathogens; disease lesion mimic mutants and programmed cell death in maize
Epigenetic regulation of transposable elements
Comparative, Evolutionary, and Translational Genomics
Plant extracellular matrix and cell differentiation
Genetic mechanisms of tree growth
Molecular Genetics of Plant Immunity - with emphasis on host defense response to necrotrophic fungi
Water use efficiency, plant nutrition, crop physiology
Regulation of cell identity, signal transduction, chromatin remodeling
Physiological sensing technologies for research applications in biology, agriculture, and medicine
Plant molecular genetics, development and cellular interactions
Genetic and molecular control of photosynthetic light utilization
Plant metabolic adaptations to environmental stress
Genetic Improvement of Economic Crops
Cytoskeletal function during plant and fungal development and in response to environmental signals
Cell signaling and morphogenesis in the leaf epidermis
Maize genetics, genomics, value-added traits
Plant natural product metabolism
Phytohormone ethylene biosynthesis and its signaling pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana
Plant endomembrane trafficking; chemical biology
Our lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying plant responses to harsh environments such as soil salinity, drought and cold temperatures. In addition, we are interested in the mechanisms of transcriptional gene silencing and in the role of epigenetic gene regulation in stress adaptation.

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