Mortar and pestle

Crushing Plants in the Lab

Marissa and China
Carine Marshall (Left) and Frank Harmon (Right)

Arabidopsis (Fletcher Lab)

Jana Hassan of the Lewis Lab works with samples
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PGEC Greenhouse

China Lunde working with a developing corn ear

arabidopsisThe Plant Gene Expression Center (PGEC) conducts fundamental research in plant molecular biology. Researchers are elucidating the signal transduction pathways responsible for the perception of environmental and cellular cues. We are exploring disease resistance, light perception, the circadian clock, vegetative growth and the plant-associated microbiome. Essential genes and the networks within which they operate are elucidated using molecular, genetic and biochemical approaches.

The PGEC is a collaboration of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Plant & Microbial Biology Department of the University of California, Berkeley. The Center's principal investigators are faculty at UC Berkeley, and research opportunities are available in our laboratories for graduate and undergraduate students.

Two Awards to Fletcher Lab Members

Graduate student Thai (Dat) Dao was awarded the Angela Little Award for summer 2019 from the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. Dat studies the role of small extra-cellular signaling molecules in regulating plant meristem maintenance. Graduate student Wassim Hage was awarded an NIH Genetic Dissection of Cells and Organisms Training Program appointment for the academic year 2019-2020. Wassim studies the effect of environmental signals, such as light, on plant stem cell activity. Posted 07/12/2019.

Coleman-Derr Lab News

The Coleman-Derr Lab was recently awarded a NIFA AFRI Plant Microbiomes Grant, and published a book chapter about the impact of root-borne microbes on abiotic stress tolerance in plants. Click "Read more" for more details. Posted 07/12/2019.

Two New Papers from the Hake Lab

The first, with first author China Lunde, is "Tasselseed5 overexpresses a wound-inducible enzyme, ZmCYP94B1, that affects jasmonate catabolism, sex determination, and plant architecture in maize", published in NATURE COMMUNICATIONS BIOLOGY; The second, with first author Alyssa Anderson, is "The second site modifier, Sympathy for the ligule, encodes a homolog of Arabidopsis ENHANCED DISEASE RESISTANCE4 and rescues the Liguleless narrow maize mutant", published in Plant Cell. Click "Read more" to read the Abstracts and for the manuscript doi. Posted 07/11/2019.

Former Hake Lab Postdoc News

Dr. Jazmin Abraham Juarez has been appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT) in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Posted 07/11/2019.

Hake Lab Awarded New NSF Grant to study Sex Determination

The 3 year grant, for $370,000, is entitled "RoL: Understanding the Evolution of Maize Sex Determination through Combined Changes in Transcriptional Dynamics, Hormone Levels and Genetic Networks". Click "Read more" for more information. Posted 07/11/2019.

Research Highlight written by Sheila McCormick about work from the WRRC

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As previously posted here, former PI Sheila McCormick has been selecting a paper for the cover of each issue of The Plant Journal, and writing a synopsis of the work, after interviewing the authors. Her most recent Research Highlight is about a Gene Stacking Method from the groups of Roger Thilmony and Jim Thomson, in the WRRC (other wing of the building). Click "Read more" for a link to this Research Highlight, and to their paper. Posted 08/06/2018.

Lewis Lab Awarded Research Grant

The Lewis Lab received a Chau Hoi Shuen Women in Science research grant for collaborative research with the lab of Dr. Weihua Tang, at the Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Chinese Academy of Science. Coincidentally, Weihua was previously a postdoc at the PGEC, in the McCormick Lab. The award will support the research of Dr. Yuan Chen in the Lewis Lab, and will facilitate interactions with the Tang lab. They will use Brachypodium as a model system for the study of plant disease and immunity in wheat. Posted 08/06/2018.

Three PMB students join PGEC labs

Wassim Hage, Nanticha Lutt, and Snigdha Chatterjee joined the PGEC in May. Wassim will be advised by Jennifer Fletcher, Nanticha will be co-advised by Sarah Hake and Jake Brunkard and Snigdha will be co-advised by Barbara Baker and Jake Brunkard. Click "Read more" for details about their Ph.D. projects. Posted 06/16/2018.


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