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.



Professor of Genetics & Geneticist

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

CHEN, Xuemei

Professor of Plant Cell and Molecular Biology

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


Associate Professor of Plant Cell Biology

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

EULGEM, Thomas A.

Associate Professor of Plant Cell Biology

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

GIRALDO, Juan Pablo 

Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology

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

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

GONEHAL, Venugopala Reddy

Associate Professor of Plant Cell Biology

Gene Networks; Live Imaging; stem Cells; Development

HUANG, Anthony H.

Professor of Plant Physiology

Metabolism and cell and molecular biology of seed oils

JIN, Hailing

Professor and Molecular Geneticist (Cooperating Faculty Member)

Gene regulation and signal transduction of plant immunity


Professor of Nematology (Cooperating Faculty Member)

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


Professor of Plant Physiology

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

RAIKHEL, Natasha V.

Distinguished Professor of Plant Cell Biology

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


Assistant Professor of Plant Cell Biology

Cell division in plants, Live cell imaging

SPRINGER, Patricia S.

Associate Professor of Genetics

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


Assistant Professor & Assistant Bioinformaticist (Cooperating Faculty Member)

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.


Professor of Genetics

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.


Distingished Professor of Genetics

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.

YANG, Zhenbiao

Professor of Cell Biology

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

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