UCR

Department of Botany & Plant Sciences



Faculty


  [By Research Areas]

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 NAME/TITLE/CONTACTDISCIPLINE
Patricia Springer

SPRINGER, Patricia S.

Department Chair & Professor of Genetics

patricia.springer@ucr.edu

Plant developmental biology; Regulation of gene expression;  Genetic mechanisms that regulate leaf initiation and patterning.

Edith Allen

ALLEN, Edith B.

Professor of Plant Ecology; Cooperative Extension Specialist in Conservation Biology; Department Vice Chair

edith.allen@ucr.edu

Effects of invasive species on native vegetation, weed competition and succession, restoration ecology and mycorrhizal fungi, effects of urbanization and agriculture on native ecosystems

Michael Allen

ALLEN, Michael

Professor of Plant Pathology; Director of Center for Conservation Biology (Cooperating Faculty Member)

michael.allen@ucr.edu

Regulation of community and ecosystem processes by soil organisms with special emphasis on mycorrhizal fungi. Current research concentrates on global change dynamics and structure of undisturbed areas, and how that information can be utilized in the conservation and restoration of native ecosystems.
Mary Lu Arpaia

ARPAIA, Mary Lu

CE Subtropical Horticulturist

mlarpaia@ucanr.edu

Cooperative Extension Specialist - Evaluation of preharvest and postharvest factors on subtropical crop productivity and fruit quality, including rootstocks, cultivar, irrigation, pesticide, and nutrition management strategies

Julia Bailey-Serres

BAILEY-SERRES, Julia N.

Distinguished Professor of Genetics & Geneticist

serres@mail.ucr.edu

Gene Regulation; Translational Control; Abiotic Stress Signaling/Response; Low Oxygen Sensing; Flooding/Submergence
James Baird

BAIRD, Jim

CE Assistant Turfgrass Specialist

jbaird@ucr.edu

Turfgrass variety improvement and selection, plant stress physiology related to temperature and water, and natural resource concerns, including water allocation and management, energy conservation, atmospheric quality or other issues at the intersection of Turfgrass landscapes with native and production agricultural areas.
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BEAN, Travis

CE Assistant Weed Science Specialist

travis.bean@ucr.edu

 Invasive plant ecology and management

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CHEN, Meng

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology

meng.chen@ucr.edu

 

Plant Photobiology; Nuclear Organization and Transcriptional Regulation.


Xuemei Chen

CHEN, Xuemei

Distinguished Professor of Plant Cell and Molecular Biology

xuemei.chen@ucr.edu

Cell fate specification and stem cell regulation in flower development; molecular mechanisms of microRNA metabolism and RNA silencing

Timothy Close

CLOSE, Timothy J.

Professor of Genetics & Geneticist

timothy.close@ucr.edu

Agricultural Plant Genomics and Breeding. Genome resource development; high-density genetic linkage maps, germplasm diversity, marker-trait associations, marker assisted breeding; mainly cowpea, barley and Citrus; abiotic stress tolerance and biotic stress resistance; dehydrin genes and proteins.

Sean Cutler

CUTLER, Sean

Professor of Plant Cell Biology

sean.cutler@ucr.edu

Chemical Genomics; Analysis and Exploitation of Natural Variation Using Small Molecules

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DEHESH, Katayoon (Katie) 

Director, Institute for Integrative Genome Biology 
Professor of Molecular Biochemistry

katayoon.dehesh@ucr.edu

Focused on stress biology and adaptive responses. Specifically the aim is to decipher the molecular and biochemical regulatory mechanisms underlying stress-induced responses that have a central and evolutionarily-conserved role in organismal integrity and adaptation to prevailing environmental conditions. Specifically, we study how stress signals are sensed, and the mechanisms by which they integrate targeted processes, that collectively culminate in organeller cooperativity, a necessary phenomenon for maintenance of cellular homoeostasis.

Jeffrey Diez

DIEZ, Jeffrey

Assistant Professor of Plant Ecology/Plant Ecologist

jeffrey.diez@ucr.edu

Plant Community Ecology with emphasis on climate change effects on phenology shifts, shifts in distributions, and plant invasions.

 Norman Ellstrand

ELLSTRAND, Norman C.

Distinguished Professor of Genetics

norman.ellstrand@ucr.edu

Applied population genetics emphasizing gene flow and its role in evolution of invasiveness, extinction, and transgene dispersal.

Thomas Eulgem

EULGEM, Thomas A.

Associate Professor of Plant Cell Biology

thomas.eulgem@ucr.edu

Plant Immune Biology; Defense Signaling; Gene Regulation; Transcriptomics, Functional Genomics 

Exequiel Ezcurra

EZCURRA, Exequiel

Professor of Ecology/Director of UC Mexus

exequiel.ezcurra@ucr.edu

Conservation science, ecology and biogeography of coastal deserts, land-ocean interactions and their impact on marine and terrestrial environments
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GIRALDO, Juan Pablo

Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology

juanpablo.giraldo@ucr.edu

 

Plant physiology with a nanobiotechnology approach: Photosynthesis, nanosensors, plant nanobionics, vascular transport, tropical plant physiology.

Thomas Girke

GIRKE, Thomas A.F.

Professor of Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics; Cheminformatics; Drug informatics; Databases; Expression Data Analysis, Protein Function Predictions; Data Mining; Network Analysis and Systems Biology
Venugopala Reddy Gonehal

GONEHAL, Venugopala Reddy

Associate Professor of Plant Cell Biology

venug@ucr.edu

Gene Networks; Live Imaging; stem Cells; Development
David Grantz

GRANTZ, David A.

CE Agronomist/Plant Physiologist

david.grantz@ucr.edu

Cooperative Extension Specialist - Environmental Physiology/Air Quality Effects.

Anthony Huang

HUANG, Anthony H.

Professor of Plant Physiology

anthony.huang@ucr.edu

Metabolism and cell and molecular biology of seed oils

G. Darrel Jenerette

JENERETTE, G. Darrel

Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology

darrel.jenerette@ucr.edu

Ecological scaling, coupled biogeochemical cycles, terrestrial aquatic linkages, ecosystem responses to altered precipitation regimes, societal-biophysical interactions
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JIA, Arthur

Asst. Professor of Genetics & Asst. Geneticist

 

Quantitative Genetics and Statistical Genomes, especially focusing on genomic selection in crops. Bioinformatics and Biostatistics in Disease, e.g., prostate cancer

Hailing Jin

JIN, Hailing

Professor and Molecular Geneticist (Cooperating Faculty Member)

hailing.jin@ucr.edu

Gene regulation and signal transduction of plant immunity
Isgouhi Kaloshian

KALOSHIAN, Isgouhi

Professor of Nematology (Cooperating Faculty Member)

isgouhi.kaloshian@ucr.edu

Plant-pest interactions; Resistance gene signaling and gene regulation; Pest effectors and transciptome analysis.
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KOENIG, Daniel

Assistant Professor of Genetics & Assistant Geneticist

daniel.koening@ucr.edu

Evolutionary genomics and genetics in plants

Larry Li

LI, Bai-Lian (Larry)

Professor of Plant Ecology

bai-lian.li@ucr.edu

Quantitative Plant Ecology; Ecological Complexity and Modeling; Theoretical and Mathematical Ecology; Systems Ecology; Landscape Ecology; Computational Biology; Ecological Informatics

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LITT, Amy

Assistant Professor & Assistant Biologist of Plant Evolution & Development

amy.litt@ucr.edu

Molecular basis of plant evolution and development, flower and fruit morphology and evolution, molecular evolution, domestication, systematics

Carol Lovatt

LOVATT, Carol J.

Professor of Plant Physiology

carol.lovatt@ucr.edu

Regulation of flowering, fruit set, and fruit development of citrus, avocado, other subtropical tree crops, and pistachio. Role of hormones and nutrition in regulating these processes.  Abiotic stress physiology.

Adam Lukaszewski

LUKASZEWSKI, Adam J.

Professor of Genetics

adam.lukaszewski@ucr.edu

Cytogenetics of crop plants, Meiotic chromosome pairing

Peggy Mauk

MAUK, Peggy

CE Specialist for Subtropical Crops/Ag Ops Director

peggy.mauk@ucr.edu

Evaluation of avocado rootstocks for salinity tolerance. Research on abiotic or biotic stresses of subtropical fruit crops, such as avocado, citrus, dates and mangos. Director of Agricultural Operations (www.agops.ucr.edu), which oversees field research in support of the mission of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.

Milton McGiffen

McGIFFEN, Milton E.

CE Specialist - Vegetable Crops and Plant Physiology

milt@ucr.edu

Vegetable crops, organic agriculture, weed science, biochar, greenhouse gases, carbon sequestration and recycling, water and nutrients, environmental impact of agriculture.

Alan McHughen

McHUGHEN, Alan

CE Plant Biotechnologist

alan.mchughen@ucr.edu

Cooperative Extension Specialist - Biotechnology for sustainable agriculture. Policy development and public education.
Donald Merhaut

MERHAUT, Donald

CE Associate Specialist/Associate Horticulturist, Department Vice Chair for CE

donald.merhaut@ucr.edu

Cooperative Extension Specialist-Nursery Floriculturist/Horticulturist
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NABITY, Paul D. 

Assistant Professor of Plant-Insect Ecology

Plant-insect interactions, inducible plant phenotypes; physiological ecology, ecological genomics,

Dawn Nagel

NAGEL Dawn H.

Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomics, Botany and Plant Sciences 

dawn.nagel@ucr.edu

 

 

My primary research focus is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the plant circadian clock control of temperature stress responses.

 David Nelson

NELSON, David

Assistant Professor of Genetics

david.nelson@ucr.edu

Karrikin and strigolactone signaling networks; evolution of host-sensing in parasitic plants and post-fire germination; synthetic biology; engineering parasitic weed resistance in crops

Eugene Nothnagel

NOTHNAGEL, Eugene A.

Professor of Plant Physiology

eugene.nothnagel@ucr.edu

Arabinogalactan proteins and plant cell wall; biosynthesis of methylated sugars in cell wall and relevance to biofuels.

Natasha Raikhel

RAIKHEL, Natasha V.

Distinguished Professor of Plant Cell Biology

natasha.raikel@ucr.edu

Vacuolar Trafficking through the Secretory System; Biosynthesis of Cell Wall Polysaccharides in Plants

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RASMUSSEN, Carolyn

Assistant Professor of Plant Cell Biology

carolyn.rasmussen@ucr.edu

Cell division in plants, Live cell imaging
Philippe Rolshausen

ROLSHAUSEN, Philippe

CE Assistant Specialist & Assistant Horticulturist

philrols@ucr.edu

Rolshausen's interests lie in identifying biotic and abiotic factors that limit fruit and nut crops productivity and to develop and implement sustainable strategies to improve the productivity in these crops.
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ROOSE, Mikeal L. 

 

Professor of Genetics

mikeal.roose@ucr.edu

Genetics, genomics and breeding of citrus and asparagus; linkage mapping; marker assisted breeding; evolutionary relationships of cultivated citrus.
Joel Sachs

SACHS, Joel L.

Associate Professor of Biology (Cooperating Faculty Member)

joel.sachs@ucr.edu

Investigate the forces that shape bacterial cooperation with hosts as well as the origins and evolution of harmful strains. Current focus is on rhizobial bacteria that live in soils throughout the world and nodulate the roots of many legume hosts.
Louis Santiago

SANTIAGO, Louis S.

Associate Professor of Physiological Ecosystem Ecology

louis.santiago@ucr.edu

Environmental Physiology, Ecosystem Science, Evolutionary Physiology, Stable Isotopes, and Tropical Biology
Patricia Springer

SPRINGER, Patricia S.

Department Chair & Professor of Genetics

patricia.springer@ucr.edu

Plant developmental biology; Regulation of gene expression;  Genetic mechanisms that regulate leaf initiation and patterning.
Jason Stajich

STAJICH, Jason

Associate Professor & Associate Bioinformaticist (Cooperating Faculty Member)

jason.stajich@ucr.edu

We are interested in the set of genes that are required to synthesize, maintain, and remodel the cell wall as part of growth, response to stress, and developmental programs.
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VAN NORMAN, Jaimie

Assistant Professor of Plant Cell and Developmental Biology

 

jaimie.vannorman@ucr.edu

Our research is currently focused on investigating the role of cell polarity in root development and tissue patterning

J. Giles Waines

WAINES, J. Giles

Professor of Genetics

giles.waines@ucr.edu

Root genetics, plant genetics, evolution, plant breeding, components of yield, wheat and legumes.

Linda Walling

WALLING, Linda

Professor of Genetics, Department Vice Chair

linda.walling@ucr.edu

Mechanisms of resistance to whiteflies in alfalfa, cassava, and Arabidopsis. Role of plastid-localized leucine aminopeptidase in regulation nuclear gene expression after injury and herbivory.

Susan Wessler

WESSLER, Susan R.

Distingished Professor of Genetics

susan.wessler@ucr.edu

Transposable elements in plants with a focus on the characterization of active transposable elements and a determination of how they contribute to genome evolution and adaptation.

Shizhong Xu

XU, Shizhong

Professor of Genetics & Geneticist

shizhong.xu@ucr.edu

Quantitative Genetics; Plant Breeding; Bioinformatics; Statistical Genomics

Zhenbiao Yang

YANG, Zhenbiao

Professor of Cell Biology

zhenbiao.yang@ucr.edu

Molecular Cell Biology; G Protein-mediated Signaling Networks and Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Polarity and Cell Morphogenesis in Arabidopsis

   

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