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Amanda Durbak

Assistant Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences
PhD, 2010 University of Arizona

Office: 211 Tucker Hall
Phone: Information not available
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Teaching summary

General genetics, cell biology, general biology for non-majors

Teaching description

My research experience in plant molecular genetics and development has led to an interest in teaching genetics and cell biology. Genetics and cell biology are two foundational courses in the study of biology, critical for understanding and performing more advanced work in many other areas. However, whether teaching genetics, cell biology, or General Biology for non-majors, my main concerns in any class are to teach students how to think critically and to promote a genuine interest and understanding of why science is important! Science is an essential component to our everyday lives, whether realized or not, and my goal for each class is to have my students finish the course with not only a better understanding of how the natural world works, but also the ability to communicate that knowledge with other scientists, and more importantly the world at large.

Select Publications

Select Publications

Durbak, A. R., Phillips, K., Pike, S., M. O’Neill, Mares, J., Gallavotti, A., Malcomber, S., Gassmann, W., and P. McSteen (2014) “Transport of boron by the tassel-less1 aquaporin is critical for vegetative and reproductive development in maize.” Plant Cell 26: 2978-2995.

Replogle, A., Wang, J., Paolillo, V., Smeda, J., Kinoshita, A., Durbak, A., Tax, F.E., Wang, X., Sawa, S., Mitchum, M.G. Synergistic interaction of clavata1, clavata2, and receptor-like protein kinase 2 in cyst nematode parasitism of arabidopsis (2013) Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 26 (1), pp. 87-96. DOI: 10.1094/MPMI-05-12-0118-FI

Durbak, A., Yao, H., and P. McSteen (2012) “Hormone signaling in plant development.” Curr Opin Plant Biol 15: 92-96.

Durbak, A.R., and F.E. Tax (2011) “CLAVATA signaling pathway receptors of Arabidopsis regulate cell proliferation in fruit organ formation as well as in meristems.” Genetics 189: 177-194.