Molecular Plant Sciences Faculty Researchers
Biochemistry and metabolism of plant oils and membrane lipids; Lipid metabolic flux; Engineering plant oils for increased nutrition or chemical feedstocks, and biofuels.
Lipid and membrane biochemistry; pathways and regulation of lipid synthesis and membrane formation in higher plants; chilling and freezing tolerance in plants.
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
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.
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
Interactions between legume hosts and fungal pathogens, molecular mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis, fungal effectors that mediate host response to infection
Plant metabolism and physiology; plant energy metabolism; carbon and oxygen isotope exchange in plants.
Understanding how farming practices, land-use, and abiotic conditions impact insect communities and plant interactions
Horticultural genomics, plastid transformation, organelle genomics, photobiology and photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis, including effects of environmental stress and potential global climate change; mechanism and evolution of carbon assimilation
Maren L. Friesen
Biological nitrogen-fixation, evolutionary ecology, population genomics, mathematical modeling.
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.
Plant parasitic nematodes, root-knot nematodes, interactions with host plants.
Molecular biology of plant disease resistance; plant gene regulation by elicitors from fungi and bacteria.
The ubiquitin proteasome pathway; vitamin B6 biosynthesis.
Molecular genetics and evolution of the interactions between pathogens and plants.
Nitrogen fixation; interactions between plant and bacterial metabolism to support symbiotic nitrogen fixation.
Computational biology and bioinformatics; high-performance computing; combinatorial pattern matching.
Tailoring lignin composition in genome-edited sorghum for lignocelluosic biofuel, Cellular calcium regulation mechanism, Bioremediation of the major organic pollutants.
Photosynthesis, Molecular Architecture and Dynamics of Photosynthetic Membranes.
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.
Investigate chloroplast ion transport and homeostasis, discover and characterize new chloroplast ion transporters, design of organelle specific gene family targeting amiRNA library
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.
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.
Interactions between various signaling pathways that modulate plant development.
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.
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.
Biology, epidemiology and control of diseases affecting small fruit (berries) in the Pacific Northwest.
Fundamental electron transfer reactions relevant to energy and agriculture
B. W. “Joe” Poovaiah
Molecular and biochemical aspects of calcium/calmodulin-mediated signaling in plants.
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.
Metabolism of tetrahydrofolate-bound one-carbon units in plastids; biosynthesis of riboflavin in plants.
Molecular genetics and physiology of root development in the context of the cell wall, hormone crosstalk, and abiotic stress.
Plant growth, cell division, cell wall synthesis, drought tolerance.
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.
Molecular plant-microbe interactions and plant innate immunity
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.
Research focusing on developing statistical methods and computing tools for genomic research and applications.