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David Galbraith galbraith at arizona.edu
Tue Aug 12 10:45:53 EST 1997


The Research Training Program in Plant-Insect Interactions at The
University of Arizona invites applications for postdoctoral and graduate
positions.  This program, recently renewed by NSF for five years, has as
its focus the molecular mechanisms underlying the interactions whereby
herbivorous insects identify host plants, and whereby host plants might
defend against such attack.  This information can thereby provide a guide
for genetic engineering of plants for protection against insects.

Much of our interest focuses on the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana.
Specific projects underway include:  (1) the biochemistry and genetics of
epicuticular waxes, (2) the phloem and the molecular basis of plant
defenses against homopterans, (3) molecular characterization of the
biosynthesis of phytosterols, and their role in insect nutrition, (4)
comprehensive analysis of the plant P450 enzyme superfamily, through
reverse-genetics in Arabidopsis, and (5) the olfactory basis for
insect-plant interactions.  Candidates having interests in areas other than
those listed above are also encouraged to apply.

Further information can be obtained from our website:

Positions include support for research supplies and travel to scholarly
meetings.  Appointments are normally for three years, with the second and
third year of funding dependent on availability of funds and satisfactory
progress.  Applicants should send an introductory cover letter, a statement
of research accomplishments and aspirations, a Curriculum Vitae, and names
of three references to:

Plant Insect Interdisciplinary Program, Attention
David Galbraith, 303 Forbes Building, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
85721.  The application deadline remains open until these positions are

Please note, according to the conditions of the grant, applicants must be
citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.  The
University of Arizona is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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