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Teaching Interests

I teach classes in the topics of genetics, molecular biology, and plant physiology. In addition, I teach the general education course, Science and Pseudoscience typically one semester per year.

Research Interests

My research investigates the molecular mechanisms of controlling photosynthesis in algae and plants. We use the single-celled alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a model for studying nuclear-chloroplast interactions that regulate chloroplast genes involved with photosynthesis.

Consulting Interests

Publications
Selected Publications

2011: Optimization and Genetic Analysis of Lipid Accumulation for Biofuel Production using the Single-celled Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Proceedings of the 21st Annual Wisconsin Space Conference (7 pp.)

2009: The Chloroplast Genome, In, The Chlamydomonas Sourcebook: Organellar and Metabolic Processes (21 pp.)

2008: Implementation and Assessment of a Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Undergraduate Degree Program, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (106-115 pp.)

2006: Nuclear suppressors define three factors that participate in both 5’ and 3’ end processing of mRNAs in Chlamydomonas chloroplasts, The Plant Journal (448-461 pp.)

2006: Regulatory sequences of orthologous petD chloroplast mRNAs are highly specific among Chlamydomonas species, Plant Molecular Biology (405-422 pp.)

2005: Microarray analysis confirms the specificity of a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii RNA stability mutant, Plant Physiology (534-544 pp.)

2002: An mRNA 3' processing site targets downstream sequences for rapid degradation in Chlamydomonas chloroplasts, J. Biological Chemistry (3325-3333 pp.)

2001: A nucleus-encoded suppressor defines a new factor that can stabilize petD mRNA in the chloroplast of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Current Genetics (40-48 pp.)

2001: A nucleus-encoded suppressor defines a new factor that can stabilize petD mRNA in the chloroplast of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Current Genetics (40-48 pp.)

2001: The chloroplast gene ycf9 encodes a PSII core subunit, PsbZ, which participates in PSII supramolecular architecture, Plant Cell (1347-1368 pp.)

1999: 5' to 3' exoribonucleolytic activity is a normal component of chloroplast mRNA decay pathways, Plant Journal (521-531 pp.)

1999: Altering the 3’UTR endonucleolytic cleavage site of a Chlamydomonas chloroplast mRNA affects 3’ end maturation in vitro but not in vivo, Plant Molecular Biology (679-686 pp.)

1999: Small cis-acting sequences that specify secondary structures in a chloroplast mRNA are essential for RNA stability and translation, Molecular Cell Biology (8479-8491 pp.)

1998: Inversions in the Chlamydomonas chloroplast genome suppress a petD 5’ untranslated region deletion by creating functional chimeric mRNAs, Plant Journal (663-671 pp.)

1997: RNA stability and translational regulatory elements in the 5’ untranslated regions of two Chlamydomonas chloroplast transcripts, Symposium on RNA Biology II. Tools and Target (132-134 pp.)

1997: Transcription and translation in chloroplasts, Trends in Plant Science (308-315 pp.)

1995: Abundance and half-life of the distinct oat phytochrome A3 and A4 mRNAs, Plant Molecular Biology (367-377 pp.)

1994: Oat phytochrome A mRNA degradation appears to occur via two distinct pathways, Plant Cell (1007-1019 pp.)

1993: ß-glucuronidase gene expression and mRNA stability in oat protoplasts, Plant Cell Reports (445-452 pp.)

1992: RNase protection assays and RNA gel blots: A direct comparison of sensitivity, Genetic Analysis: Techniques and Applications (146-148 pp.)

Courses Taught

Spring 2018

BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 309 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOS 509 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Fall 2017

BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
BIOS 344 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE
BIOS 711 THESIS

Summer 2017

BIOS 309 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Spring 2017

BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
BIOS 309 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOS 509 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOS 711 THESIS

Fall 2016

BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE
BIOS 711 THESIS
BIOS 711 THESIS

Summer 2016

BIOS 309 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE

Spring 2016

BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
BIOS 309 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOS 509 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOS 711 THESIS

Fall 2015

BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE
BIOS 711 THESIS

Summer 2015

BIOS 309 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE

Spring 2015

BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
BIOS 309 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOS 509 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Fall 2014

BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 260 GENERAL GENETICS
BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE

Summer 2014

BIOS 309 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOS 509 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE

Spring 2014

BIOS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
BIOS 309 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOS 509 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOS 344 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
GSCI 102 SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE

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