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Department of Botany & Plant Sciences



Cellular, Molecular and Development Biology


CMDB

Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology encompasses both basic and applied research at the interfaces among cell, molecular, and developmental biology of plants. Participating laboratories seek to understand the molecular and cellular basis of fundamental processes such as plant development, yield, responses to environmental changes and interactions with other organisms. Model organisms and crop species are employed to uncover, through state-of-the-art genetic, genomic, chemical, biochemical, and computational approaches, the molecular and cellular events that underlie or regulate various biological processes. Key players, such as plant hormones, signaling molecules, regulatory RNAs and proteins, are studied to understand their mode of action at the subcellular, cellular, and tissue, and organismal levels. Knowledge gained benefits not only agriculture but also medicine due to a high degree of conservation at the molecular and cellular level for biological processes in eukaryotes.

 NAME/TITLE/CONTACTDISCIPLINE

Julia Bailey-Serres

BAILEY-SERRES, Julia N.

Professor of Genetics & Geneticist

serres@mail.ucr.edu

Gene Regulation; Translational Control; Abiotic Stress Signaling/Response; Low Oxygen Sensing; Flooding/Submergence
Xuemei Chen

CHEN, Xuemei

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
Sean Cutler

CUTLER, Sean

Associate Professor of Plant Cell Biology

sean.cutler@ucr.edu

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

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 

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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.

Associate 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

Anthony Huang

HUANG, Anthony H.

Professor of Plant Physiology

anthony.huang@ucr.edu

Metabolism and cell and molecular biology of seed oils

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.

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

Patricia Springer

SPRINGER, Patricia S.

Associate 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

Assistant Professor & Assistant 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.

Linda Walling

WALLING, Linda

Professor of Genetics

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.

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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