Post-doc positions in root genomics project funded by NSF

Nguyen, Henry T. nguyenhenry at missouri.edu
Fri Sep 6 09:14:19 EST 2002


Functional genomics of root growth and root signaling under drought

A Plant Root Genomics Consortium (<http://rootgenomics.missouri.edu>) 
was recently funded by NSF to study root genetics and physiology 
which includes scientists from the University of Missouri at Columbia 
(UMC), the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center at St. Louis, and the 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  Our broad aim is 
to elucidate the role roots play in adaptation to drought conditions, 
and to transfer this knowledge to crop improvement through 
biotechnology.  This work will focus on mechanisms of root growth 
maintenance and root to shoot signaling in maize under water deficit.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
University of Missouri, Columbia
A position is available with a focus on the involvement of cell wall 
proteins in root growth maintenance under water deficits using both 
protein and gene profiling. The project will involve analysis of cell 
wall protein profiles and expression of cell wall protein genes in 
the root growth zone of maize lines differing in root growth response 
to water deficits. The individual will work closely with the postdocs 
to be appointed in proteomics and bioinformatics at the Danforth 
Center and other postdocs in gene profiling at UMC and UIUC. This 
project is a collaboration with Dr. Yajun Wu at Utah State University 
(yajunwu at mendel.usu.edu).
Contact Robert Sharp for more information: sharpr at missouri.edu 
<mailto:sharpr at missouri.edu>

Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biology/ Molecular Genetics,
University of Missouri, Columbia
A position is available involving transcript profiling of specific 
root regions in contrasting maize lines under drought and 
investigation of the functions of genes associated with root growth 
and root signaling under drought. The person in this position will 
work closely with the post-docs to be appointed in the areas of 
genetic mapping, cell wall proteins and bioinformatics at UMC and the 
microarray team at UIUC.
Contact Henry Nguyen for more information: nguyenhenry at missouri.edu 
<mailto:nguyenhenry at missouri.edu>

Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Genetics
University of Missouri, Columbia
A position is available for mapping root- and drought-specific ESTs 
to the integrated genetic and physical map of maize and to 
investigate their associations with QTLs controlling root 
characteristics and drought tolerance in maize. Bioinformatics skill 
is a plus.
Contact Georgia Davis for more information: davisge at missouri.edu 
<mailto:davisge at missouri.edu>

Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics
University of Missouri, Columbia
A position is available in bioinformatics. Responsibilities include 
Web site management and integration of EST sequence, genetic mapping, 
transcript profile, proteomic and metabolite profile data. This 
person will work closely with researchers at UMC, Danforth Plant 
Science Center and UIUC to achieve a biologically relevant 
integration of the datasets. Skills in database design and query 
construction are essential. Knowledge of basic biology and genetics 
is helpful.
Contact Gordon Springer for more information: springerg at missouri.edu 
<mailto:springerg at missouri.edu>

Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biology/ Molecular Genetics
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The position will involve generating root-specific, drought-specific 
cDNA libraries of selected maize genotypes, supervision of 
high-throughput transcript sequencing, and establishment of a 
project-specific unigene set.  The main project for the fellow will 
be to conduct expression studies with microarrays utilizing specific 
regions of different maize varieties/segregating lines with 
phenotypic differences in root growth under drought conditions in 
collaboration with the physiology and molecular biology groups at 
UMC. Basic knowledge in bioinformatics will be helpful.
Contact Hans Bohnert for more information:  bohnerth at life.uiuc.edu 
<mailto:bohnerth at life.uiuc.edu>

Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Physiology/Molecular Biology
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
A position is available to work on root signaling under drought 
stress.  The work will involve studying the components of long 
distance signaling via xylem sap in maize under drought and 
well-watered conditions.  The work will involve whole plant 
physiology, molecular biology and metabolite analysis.  In year two 
of the project the postdoc will work together as a team member with 
two other postdocs in the areas of proteomics and bioinformatics.
Contact Daniel Schachtman for more information:
dschachtman at danforthcenter.org <mailto:dschachtman at danforthcenter.org>

  Postdoctoral Fellow in Mass Spectrometry/ Proteomics
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
A position is available to work on the role of roots under drought 
stress.  The position requires an experienced mass spectrometrist 
with a strong background in proteomics. The successful candidate will 
be in close contact with all the different aspects of this root 
genomics project and work as a team member with two other 
postdoctoral fellows in the areas of Plant Physiology/Molecular 
Biology and Bioinformatics at the Donald Danforth Plant Science 
Center in St. Louis, MO and the cell wall protein post-doc at UMC .
Contact Julia Gross for more information: jgross at danforthcenter.org 
<mailto:jgross at danforthcenter.org>

Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
A position is available in bioinformatics. The individual will focus 
on protein structure and function prediction. This fellow will work 
closely with the groups of Julia Gross and Daniel Schachtman to 
analyze data from the mass spectral analysis of proteins and 
metabolites. The individual will work closely with the cell wall 
protein post-doc and the bioinformatics team at the University of 
Missouri-Columbia to develop tools and combine data for the entire 
project.
Contact Julia Gross or Daniel Schachtman for more information:
jgross at danforthcenter.org <mailto:jgross at danforthcenter.org> 
dschachtman at danforthcenter.org <mailto:dschachtman at danforthcenter.org>

Positions are budgeted to start in September 2002. The genetic 
mapping position in Georgia Davis'lab and the Mass 
Spectrometry/Proteomics Position in Julia Gross' Lab as well as the 
Bioinformatics Postition at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center 
will begin in September 2003. Contact Henry Nguyen, project director, 
for more information about the Plant root genomics Consortium.





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