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Washington State University Molecular Plant Sciences

Molecular Plant Sciences Faculty Researchers

Laura Bartley
Molecular genetics, systems biology, and biochemistry to develop and test hypotheses of grass-diverged aspects of cell wall content biosynthesis and regulation.

Philip Bates
Biochemistry and metabolism of plant oils and membrane lipids; Lipid metabolic flux; Engineering plant oils for increased nutrition or chemical feedstocks, and biofuels.

John Browse
Lipid and membrane biochemistry; pathways and regulation of lipid synthesis and membrane formation in higher plants; chilling and freezing tolerance in plants.

Robert Brueggemann
Molecular genetics, genomics and functional analysis tools to explore the mechanisms underlying biotic and abiotic stress resistances in barley.

Ian Burke
Herbicide biochemistry, physiology, and fate; physiological and genetic bases for herbicide resistance in weedy plants.

Jeremiah W. Busch
The evolution of self-incompatibility mechanisms and plant population genetics

Kimberly Garland-Campbell
Genetics and breeding of wheat, especially club wheat.  Research involves quantitative genetic approaches to discern the genetic and environmental response of wheat to stripe rust, soil borne diseases, and cold stress.

Arron Carter
Winter wheat breeding and genetics.  Research involves genetic characterization of biotic and abiotic stress resistance using next-generation genomics techniques, as well as using high-throughput phenotyping methods to more accurately predict wheat performance

Weidong Chen
Interactions between legume hosts and fungal pathogens, molecular mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis, fungal effectors that mediate host response to infection

Asaph Cousins
Plant metabolism and physiology; plant energy metabolism; carbon and oxygen isotope exchange in plants.

David Crowder
Understanding how farming practices, land-use, and abiotic conditions impact insect communities and plant interactions

Amit Dhingra
Horticultural genomics, plastid transformation, organelle genomics, photobiology and photosynthesis.

Gerald Edwards
Photosynthesis, including effects of environmental stress and potential global climate change; mechanism and evolution of carbon assimilation

Stephen Ficklin
System genetics

Maren L. Friesen
Biological nitrogen-fixation, evolutionary ecology, population genomics, mathematical modeling.

David Gang
Plant Specialized Metabolism

Kulvinder S. Gill
Molecular basis of chromosome pairing control; genome organization and amplification; distribution of genes and recombination; characterization of agronomically important traits.

Cynthia Gleason
Plant parasitic nematodes, root-knot nematodes, interactions with host plants.

Lee Hadwiger
Molecular biology of plant disease resistance; plant gene regulation by elicitors from fungi and bacteria.

Hanjo Hellmann
The ubiquitin proteasome pathway; vitamin B6 biosynthesis

Scot Hulbert
Molecular genetics and evolution of the interactions between pathogens and plants

Michael Kahn
Nitrogen fixation; interactions between plant and bacterial metabolism to support symbiotic nitrogen fixation.

Ananth Kalyanaraman
Computational biology and bioinformatics; high-performance computing; combinatorial pattern matching.

ChulHee Kang
Tailoring lignin composition in genome-edited sorghum for lignocelluosic biofuel, Cellular calcium regulation mechanism, Bioremediation of the major organic pollutants.

Helmut Kirchhoff
Photosynthesis, Molecular Architecture and Dynamics of Photosynthetic Membranes.

Michael Knoblauch
Cell biology and the physiology of plant tissues, especially the phloem.

N. Richard Knowles
Physiological and biochemical changes associated with aging; development of oxidative stress and associated effects on intermediary metabolism; mechanisms of membrane deterioration and protein catabolism during aging.

Hans-Henning Kunz
Investigate chloroplast ion transport and homeostasis, discover and characterize new chloroplast ion transporters, design of organelle specific gene family targeting amiRNA library

Mark Lange
Use and development of tools for the integration of post-genomic technologies (microarrays, proteomics, metabolite profiling) to study the global regulation of metabolic pathways; particular interest in isoprenoid metabolism.

Norman Lewis
Biochemistry of plant phenolics; biochemistry of plant cell-wall synthesis and unique plant constituents; effects of gravity on metabolic pathways in plants.

Andrew G. McCubbin
Pollen-pistil interactions; floral growth and development.

Michael Neff
Interactions between various signaling pathways that modulate plant development.

Tom Okita
Biochemistry of starch synthesis and protein localization; metabolic genetic engineering of plants for increased productivity; mRNA localization and the role of the cytoskeleton and endoplasmic reticulum.

Patricia Okubara
Host molecular responses to beneficial and pathogenic soil microbes; molecular diagnoses of and host resistance to soilborne pathogens.

Hanu R. Pappu
Virus genomics and proteomics, plant-virus interactions, molecular epidemiology, crop biotechnology/virus resistant transgenic plants.

John Peters
Fundamental electron transfer reactions relevant to energy and agriculture

B. W.  “Joe” Poovaiah
Molecular and biochemical aspects of calcium/calmodulin-mediated signaling in plants.

Michael Pumphrey
Spring wheat breading and genetics.  Genetic dissection of disease resistance, grain quality, and abiotic stress tolerance traits are major research areas.

Eric H. Roalson
Molecular phylogenetics, genomics, and evolutionary origins of characters of interest, notably photosynthetic pathway novelties.

Sanja Roje
Metabolism of tetrahydrofolate-bound one-carbon units in plastids; biosynthesis of riboflavin in plants.

Karen Sanguinet
Molecular genetics and physiology of root development in the context of the cell wall, hormone crosstalk, and abiotic stress.

Andrei Smertenko
Plant growth, cell division, cell wall synthesis, drought tolerance.
Camille Steber
Hormonal regulation of seed dormancy and germination.  The molecular mechanisms controlling preharvest sprouting and late maturity alpha-amylase (LMA) in wheat, two causes of low falling numbers.

Kiwamu Tanaka
Molecular plant-microbe interactions and plant innate immunity

Mechthild Tegeder
Molecular and physiological mechanisms of plant metabolite partitioning with focus on nitrogen and carbon transport.  Importance of allocation processes for plant nutrient use efficiency, productivity and nutritional quality.

Linda S. Thomashow
Genetics, biochemistry and physiology of plant-microbe interactions; plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria; rhizosphere microbiology and ecology; mechanisms of gene regulation and expression; microbial genomics.

John J. Wyrick
Functional genomics; regulation of gene expression; chromatin structure; covalent histone modifications.

Zhiwu Zhang
Research focusing on developing statistical methods and computing tools for genomic research and applications.

Former Research Faculty

In Memoriam

Bud Ryan

Dieter von Wettstein