THE MAIZE BIOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM

John C. Walker jcw at BIOSCI.MBP.MISSOURI.EDU
Tue Jan 2 11:51:43 EST 1996


Maize:  Bridging Basic Biology and Biotechnology

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

THE MAIZE BIOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM

The goal of this 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 interest excellent scientists in maize biology and to educate them to
be leaders in collaborative research.

Fellowship support
        4-6 predoctoral fellowships will be awarded for Fall 1996.
Individuals should be interested in developing a collaborative,
interdisciplinary thesis research project.  The deadline for consideration
is February 1.  Fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent
residents.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION MATERIALS are available from Nila Emerich
Phone 314-882-1847, E-mail nemerich at biosci.mbp.missouri.edu

TRAINING FACULTY

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
physiology.

Roy Morris:   Cytokinins and cytokinin metabolic enzymes in maize endosperm
development.

Kathleen Newton:  Mitochondrial genetics;  roles of mitochondria in plant
development; organelle interactions.

Robert Sharp:  Mechanism of root and shoot growth responses in
water-stressed maize.

John Walker:  Molecular mechanisms controlling signal transduction and gene
expression.











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