Graduate Fellowship Available

Clifford Weil cweil at UIDAHO.EDU
Thu Jul 6 16:07:39 EST 1995


        NSF funding is available for a graduate student to join a project
looking at unusual developmental regulation of transposon activity in maize
and the question of when and how plant cells become developmentally fated
to produce gametes.  A Ds element inserted into the waxy (Wx) gene (the
"CS7" allele) actively transposes during growth of the plant and frequently
excises to restore Wx gene function in the endosperm of the kernel.
Surprisingly, these reversion events are not reflected in the gametes
produced by these plants: revertant gametes occur 100-fold less frequently
than for two other virtually identical Ds insertions (in precisely the same
location, same orientation and that have the same kernel phenotype as CS7).
The project examines the mechanistic explanation for this developmentally
specific suppression and tests the hypothesis that transposition is being
suppressed specifically in cells of the L2 layer of the maize meristem.  A
strong background in genetics or molecular biology is desireable.
        Interested students can reply by e-mail to this address for further
information.  The stipend is $12,000 per year plus tuition, fees and
medical insurance.  The University of Idaho is located in Moscow, ID, in
the Pacific Northwestern USA.  Moscow is a small town a short distance from
a wide variety of outdoor activities (in addition to maize genetics!) such
as hiking, skiing, fishing, horseback riding and rafting.  I look forward
to hearing from you...

Clifford Weil
Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID  83844 USA





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