Photosynthesis fellowships

Daniel R. Bush dan_bush at qms1.life.uiuc.edu
Tue Jan 3 11:24:32 EST 1995


Mechanism and Integration in Photosynthesis:
Integrative Photosynthesis Research Training at the University of
Illinois, Urbana

A DOE/NSF/USDA Triagency Training Grant in Plant Biology

GRADUATE TRAINING

   The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has a long and
distinguished record in photosynthesis research. Research at UIUC has
contributed many of the seminal observations that have led to modern views
of photosynthetic processes‹from the mechanism of primary events in the
picosecond time range, to Rubisco oxygenase activity, to factors limiting
crop yields in the field.
   The interdisciplinary nature of modern biological research is
especially strong in photosynthesis, which spans the range from physics to
agronomy. This breadth is exemplified by the research programs at UIUC. 
For their success in future research, students must develop an
interdisciplinary outlook and gain experience with a broad range of
techniques. The Integrative Photosynthesis Research Training Program
provides such training in a wide variety of basic research areas,
combining molecular genetics, biochemistry, biophysical and physiological
studies, and field measurements.   
   In the research training aspect of the program, students are encouraged
to develop research projects coordinated between two or more faculty
laboratories, with distinct conceptual approaches. In this way research is
experienced as a multidisciplinary enterprise.
   Students are expected to graduate with a sophisticated understanding of
a variety of  scientific methods that will enable them to consider,
evaluate, and implement diverse technical approaches to the solution of
specific problems at any level of biological organization.  
   In addition to graduate training, postdoctoral associates are also
supported, and the involvement of undergraduates in hands-on research is
encouraged through summer fellowships.  
   The Integrative Photosynthesis Research Training Program addresses
fundamental questions in all aspects of photosynthesis through the
curriculum and the intellectual environment provided by faculty and
student participation. The cohesion of the photosynthesis research
community at the University of Illinois is evident in many ongoing,
collaborative projects, which span the spectrum from molecular biophysics
to population ecology.

FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT

        Graduate fellowships in the Photosynthesis Training Program
provide stipends of $14,000 per year, plus a full tuition and fee waiver. 
In addition, generous support for travel to scientific meetings and for
qualified research expenses is included.
To be considered for IPR fellowships, completed applications must be
received by February 1.

All fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

   Graduate students may participate in the Integrative Photosynthesis
Research Training Program through any suitable graduate degree program. If
you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in interdisciplinary
research in photosynthesis, you should apply directly to the departmental
or interdepartmental graduate degree program with faculty and degree
requirements most suited to your background and interests. Indicate your
interest in the Integrative Photosynthesis Research Training Program
clearly in your letter and application.

Principal Participating Departments and Programs

   Department of Plant Biology   
   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign   
   265 Morrill Hall, 505 South Goodwin Avenue   
   Urbana, IL 61801  

   Graduate Studies in Biophysics and Computational Biology
   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
   156 Davenport Hall, 607 South Mathews Street
   Urbana, IL 61801

   Physiological and Molecular Plant Biology Program
   School of Life Sciences
   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
   393 Morrill Hall, 505 South Goodwin Avenue
   Urbana, IL 61801

   Department of Agronomy     
   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
   W-203 Turner Hall, 1102 South Goodwin Avenue 
   Urbana, IL 61801  


THE TRAINING FACULTY


Daniel R. Bush
Associate Professor, Plant Biology & USDA-ARS
Ph.D., 1984, University of California, Berkeley
Control of assimilate partitioning in higher plants; mechanisms of
carrier-mediated transport; regulation of transport activity at the
protein and gene level 


John McPherson Cheeseman
Associate Professor, Plant Biology
Ph.D., 1975,  Duke University
Control and integration of resource acquisition and allocation in plants;
organismal physiology, photosynthesis , and nutrient transport;
mathematical modeling


ANTONY R. CROFTS
Professor, Microbiology and Biophysics
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 1965
Structure/function relationships in photosynthetic energy conversion;
structure of membrane proteins; mechanism of energy conservation;
photosynthesis in intact plants


PETER G. DEBRUNNER
Professor, Physics and Biophysics
Ph.D., 1960, Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland
Biomolecular physics; O2 evolution in PS II of green plants; electron
transfer and O2 metabolism mediated by metalloproteins

Evan H. DeLucia
Associate Professor,  Plant Biology; Affiliate, Forestry
Ph.D., 1986,  Duke University
Physiological ecology of vascular plants; photosynthesis; plant
architecture; stress; climate change


Govindjee
Professor, Physiology & Biophysics and Plant Biology
Ph.D., 1960, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Molecular mechanisms of photosystem II (water-plastoquinone 
oxidoreductase) of plants and cyanobacteria; use of chlorophyll
fluorescence as a measure of plant stress conditions


Donald R. Ort
Professor, Plant Biology & USDA-ARS
Ph.D., 1974, Michigan State University
The molecular and biochemical basis for environmental limitations on
photosynthesis; mechanism of photosynthetic energy transduction 


Archie R. Portis, Jr.
Professor, Agronomy  & USDA-ARS 
Ph.D., 1976, Cornell University
Biochemisty of carbon dioxide fixation by rubisco, regulation of rubisco
by rubisco activase, biochemisty of rubisco activase


John Whitmarsh
Professor, Plant Biology & USDA-ARS
Ph.D., 1975, Harvard University
Conversion of light energy into chemical free energy by photosynthetic membranes


COLIN A. WRAIGHT
Professor, Plant Biology and Biophysics
Ph.D., 1971, University of Bristol, England
Photosynthesis; electron and proton transfer in energy transduction;
herbicide action and quinone function in  photosynthetic electron
transport; molecular engineering of ligand-protein interactions


Raymond E. Zielinski
Associate Professor, Plant Biology
Ph.D., 1979, Rutgers University
Genetics of leaf cell differentiation; regulation of photosynthetic carbon
reduction; Ca2+-mediated signal transduction

MORE INFO:  Call: Colin Wraight at (217) 333-3245  or Dan Bush (217) 333-6109



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