Studies in plant biology in the Division of Biological Sciences span scales from genes to landscapes, explore a diverse array of biological phenomena, and employ an extensive range of approaches. Areas of particular concentration include growth and development, cell biology, species conservation and biodiversity, plant-insect interactions, genetics and genomics, evolution, and ecology. Faculty and students benefit from state-of-the-art plant growth facilities and research cores on campus as well as a larger, interactive community of plant biologists through the Interdisciplinary Plant Group.
Faculty & Research Interests
The genetic and metabolic control of seed amino acids’ composition
Chromosome evolution and function in plants and fruit fly
Genetic control of carbon partitioning in plants
Gene regulatory mechanisms controlling plant architecture traits in cereal crops
Ecology and evolution in natural plant populations
Genetic control of phototropism in plants
Genetic regulation of meristem function in plants
Application of computational bioinformatics and molecular genomics to plant genomes.
Organization and gene content of mitochondrial genomes in plants
J. Chris Pires
Systematics, phylogenetics, and genome evolution of polyploidy plants
John C. Walker
Molecular mechanisms regulating cellular signaling in plants
Edward Buckler, Ph.D.
Research Geneticist, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health
“The PhD program in biological sciences did a tremendous job of giving me the flexibility to put together a program that combined evolution, archaeology, and corn genetics. This broad training by experts in the world in each of these topics has allowed me to develop a unique perspective that has been invaluable to my current success.”