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
C4 photosynthesis and gene discovery in model plants for second generation lignocellulosic feedstocks
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
Feb. 15, 2018
Undergraduate Student Profile: Braden Zink
Feb. 15, 2018
Graduate Student Profile: Patrick Nittler
Kate Hertweck, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
“My graduate career at MU provided access to the resources necessary for me to experience a breadth of experimental and theoretical approaches. Interactions with a variety of scientists from different departments and topic areas allowed me to embrace cutting-edge research, and equipped me well to land my dream postdoc at an evolutionary biology synthesis center.”