Faculty in Plant Biology

Cris Argueso Cris Argueso
Assistant Professor (Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management); Ph.D. Cornell University 2004. The work in my laboratory focuses on unraveling the molecular mechanisms by which plant hormones regulate plant immunity and plant growth in the context of environmental change. We use a systems biology approach to integrate genetics and transcriptomics data to identify gene networks that regulate plant adaptation to both biotic and abiotic stresses.


Bedinger1Patricia A. Bedinger
Professor (Biology); Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco 1982. Pollen development and function at the molecular and cellular level.



Bush1Daniel Bush
Professor (Biology) and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1984.  Signal transduction pathways that regulate the systemic distribution of organic nutrients in plants.



Todd Gaines
Assistant Professor (Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management); PhD Colorado State University, 2009. The work in my lab focuses on molecular weed science and functional weed genomics. Projects include identifying the molecular and genetic basis of herbicide resistance mechanisms and other genetic traits in weeds; developing rapid molecular diagnostics for herbicide resistance; and developing pipelines for functional genomics research in weeds.



Leach1Jan Leach
Professor (Biagricultural Sciences & Pest Management); Ph.D. University of Wisconsin (Madison) 1981. Research in the Leach lab is focused on characterizing the genes governing two types of plant QTL, those involved in broad-spectrum, durable disease resistance and those involved in biomass accumulation.



Medford1June I. Medford
Professor (Biology); Ph.D. Yale 1986. Molecular and genetic studies of Arabidopsis: in vivo imaging; plant sentinels.




Peebles1Christie Peebles
Assistant Professor (Chemical and Biological Engineering); Ph.D., Rice University, 2008. The use of plant metabolic engineering to produce important pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.  The engineering of photoautotrophs for the production of bio-based chemicals and fuels.




Graham Peers
Assistant Professor (Biology); Ph.D., McGill University, 2005. Nearly every biome on earth relies on photosynthesis to supply energy to its communities. While we are more familiar with the vascular plants that dominate the terrestrial environment, the algae rule aquatic systems. There is incredible diversity within the algae and they have evolved separately from plants (and in some cases from each other) for more than a billion years.  The research explores this variety and strives to discover how the processes of photosynthesis differ between groups.


Pilon1Marinus Pilon
Professor (Biology); Ph.D., Utrecht (Netherlands), 1992. Intracellular protein trafficking; metal cofactor transport and metal cofactor assembly of proteins involved in photosynthesis.



Jessica PrenniJessica Prenni
Joint Faculty, Associate Professor, Director Of Research Core Facilities, Director of Proteomics & Metabolomics Facility
Ph.D., University of Colorado
Mass Spectrometry Based Proteomics and Metabolomics
Proteomics and Metabolomics are fields of scientific study which combine techniques in purification and separation, mass    spectrometry and bioinformatics. In our lab we utilize these tools for the identification and characterization of proteins and small    molecules in a variety of biological systems.



Sloan1Dan Sloan
Assistant Professor (Biology); Ph.D., University of Virginia. A combination of wet-lab and computation approaches to understand the evolutionary forces that shape cyto-nuclear interactions at the genome level.




Stack1Stephen M. Stack
Professor (Biology); Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin. Determine the roles of the SC and RNs in homologous chromosome synapsis, crossing over, and crossover interference.




Anireddy S.N. Reddy
Professor (Biology); Ph.D. Jawaharlal Nehru 1984. Signal transduction mechanisms; regulation of gene expression; crop improvement by genetic engineering.



Vivanco1Jorge M. Vivanco
Professor (Horticulture & Landscape Architecture); Ph.D. Pennsylvania 1999.   Biochemical, molecular and metabolic profiling approaches to root exudations processes; biology and biochemistry of ribosome-inactivating proteins in plants.



WEstra1Philip Westra
Professor (Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management). Biology, ecology, and control of jointed goatgrass in winter wheat, research on herbicide resistant weeds, precision agriculture weed research, herbicide/soil interactions, gene flow in winter wheat, weed shifts in diverse weed management systems, perennial and noxious weed control