Maize: Bridging Basic Biology and Biotechnology
A DOE/NSF/USDA Triagency sponsored Training Program in Plant Biology
At the University of Missouri-Columbia
THE MAIZE BIOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM
The goal of this program is to provide graduate students and postdoctoral
associates with a comprehensive and multidisciplinary education in maize
biology, covering genome organization, gene expression, signal
transduction, hormone action, organelle biology, disease resistance, and
crop plant productivity. Thirteen faculty members from four different
units--Biological Sciences, Agronomy/Plant Sciences, Biochemistry and the
USDA-ARS--are involved in developing the collaborative interactions that
are the basis of this interdisciplinary training program. Our overall goal
is to interest excellent scientists in maize biology and to educate them to
be leaders in collaborative research.
A limited number of postdoctoral fellowships are available ($22,000
per year and fringe benefits). Individuals should be interested in
developing a collaborative, interdisciplinary project (and should be
willing to apply for individual postdoctoral support). The next deadline
for consideration is December 1. Postdoctoral applicants should contact
individual training faculty directly. Fellowship recipients must be U.S.
citizens or permanent residents. Women and minorities are especially
encouraged to apply.
TRAINING FACULTY and E-MAIL ADDRESSES
Tobias Baskin: Root morphogenesis; coleoptile phototropism; plant cell
wall and cytoskeleton.
baskin at biosci.mbp.missouri.edu
James Birchler: Gene expression and dosage compensation; centromere
structure and function.
birchler at biosci.mbp.missouri.edu
Dale Blevins: Plant mineral nutrition; hormone involvement in seed development.
agro1115 at mizzou1.missouri.edu
Ed Coe: Genome organization and mapping.
ed at TEOSINTE.AGRON.MISSOURI.EDU
Karen Cone: Regulation of anthocyanin synthesis; effects of chromosome
organization on gene expression.
cone at biosci.mbp.missouri.edu
Larry Darrah: Breeding maize for agronomic traits using traditional and
AGROLLD1 at MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU
Guri Johal: Host-pathogen interactions; genetic defects mimicking disease
(cell death); transposon-mutagenesis.
AGROGJ at MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU
Michael McMullen: Genetic and molecular basis of plant response to
biological stress, insect pests and pathogens.
mcmullen at teosinte.agron.missouri.edu
Don Miles: Photosynthetic mutants; chlorophyll fluorescence; plant stress
miles at biosci.mbp.missouri.edu
Roy Morris: Cytokinins and cytokinin metabolic enzymes in maize endosperm
bcmorris at muccmail.missouri.edu
Kathleen Newton: Mitochondrial genetics; roles of mitochondria in plant
development; organelle interactions.
newton at biosci.mbp.missouri.edu
Robert Sharp: Mechanism of root and shoot growth responses in
plantrs at mizzou1.missouri.edu
John Walker: Molecular mechanisms controlling signal transduction and gene
jcw at biosci.mbp.missouri.edu
Division of Biological Sciences
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
e-mail: newton at biosci.mbp.missouri.edu