Two postdoctoral positions will be available after April 1, 1996.
1) Pollen-pistil interactions are crucially involved in the ultimate
success or failure of intraspecific and interspecific crosses; protein
kinases have been implicated in both compatible and incompatible crosses.
We have isolated and are characterizing two pollen-specific receptor-like
kinases from tomato, and we have recently isolated a probable homolog from
maize. The postdoctoral fellow would molecularly and biochemically
characterize the maize pollen-specific receptor-like kinase, including
analysis of Mu-transposon-induced mutations. A Ph.D. and experience in
molecular and/or biochemical techniques are required, experience in maize
genetics and microscopy are preferable.
2) Microsporogenesis is an excellent system with which to study
developmental processes such as cell fate and cellular differentiation. We
are studying several Arabidopsis mutations that affect the sterotypical
cell division patterns that occur during pollen development. These
mutations are from a variety of mutatgenized populations, including fast
neutron, EMS and T-DNA insertion lines. The postdoctoral fellow would work
towards gene isolation, and have the opportunity to screen for additional
pollen developmental mutations and to characterize them at the genetic and
cell biological levels. A Ph.D. and experience in molecular biology is
required, experience in Arabidopsis genetics and positional cloning are
Send CV, brief statement of research experience and goals and names and
phone numbers or e-mail addresses of 3 references to: Dr. Sheila
McCormick, Plant Gene Expression Center, 800 Buchanan St., Albany, CA