Graduate Fellowship Available

Clifford Weil cweil at UIDAHO.EDU
Thu Jun 29 10:16:25 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 in the waxy (Wx) gene 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 Ds insertions in
precisely the same location that have the same somatic phenotype. The
project is to find the mechanistic explanation for this suppression and
test the hypothesis that transposition has been suppressed specifically in
cells of the L2 layer of the maize meristem.  A strong background in
genetics is desireable.
        Interested students can reply by e-mail to this address for further
information.  The stipend is $12,000 per year; tuition, fees and medical
insurance are covered in addition.  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 field 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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