Graduate Fellowships in Plant Biology

Kathy Newton newton at BIOSCI.MBP.MISSOURI.EDU
Tue Oct 11 23:06:42 EST 1994

MAIZE:  Bridging Basic Biology and Biotechnology

A DOE/NSF/USDA Triagency Training Grant in Plant Biology
At the University of Missouri-Columbia

The goal of the maize biology training program is to provide graduate
students and postdoctoral associates with a comprehensive and
multidisciplinary education in maize biology, covering genome organization,
gene expression, signal transduction, hormone action, organelle biology,
disease resistance, and crop plant productivity.  Thirteen faculty members
from four different units--Biological Sciences, Agronomy/Plant Sciences,
Biochemistry and the USDA-ARS--are involved in developing the collaborative
interactions that are the basis of this interdisciplinary training program.
Our overall goal is to attract top individuals to research in maize
biology and to educate them to be leaders in collaborative research.

Tobias  Baskin:  Root morphogenesis; coleoptile phototropism; plant cell
wall and cytoskeleton.
James Birchler:  Gene expression and dosage compensation;  centromere
structure and function.
Dale Blevins:  Plant mineral nutrition; hormone involvement in seed development.
Ed Coe:  Genome organization and mapping.
Karen Cone:  Regulation of anthocyanin synthesis; effects of chromosome
organization on gene expression.
Larry Darrah:  Breeding maize for agronomic traits using traditional and
RFLP techniques.
Guri Johal:  Host-pathogen interactions; genetic defects mimicking disease
(cell death); transposon-mutagenesis.
Michael McMullen:  Genetic and molecular basis of plant response to
biological stress, insect pests and pathogens.
Don Miles:  Photosynthetic mutants; chlorophyll fluorescence; plant stress
Roy Morris:   Cytokinins and cytokinin metabolic enzymes in maize endosperm
Kathleen Newton:  Mitochondrial genetics;  roles of mitochondria in plant
Robert Sharp:  Mechanism of root and shoot growth responses in
water-stressed maize.
John Walker:  Molecular mechanisms controlling signal transduction and gene


        Graduate fellowships in the Maize Biology Training Program provide
stipends of $14,000 per year, plus a full tuition and fee waiver.  To be
considered for the Maize Biology Training Program fellowships, completed
applications must be received by February 1.

6 predoctoral fellowship positions are available for Fall 95.
Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For application forms and further information, please contact:
Kathleen Newton, Division of Biological Sciences, Tucker Hall, University
of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.
telephone: 1-800-553-5698,
fax: 314-882-0123,
email: newton at or nemerich at

Kathleen Newton
Division of Biological Sciences
Tucker Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

FAX:    314-882-0123
e-mail: newton at

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