SEED BIOLOGY
UNDERSTANDING HOW THESE COMPLEX ENTITIES FUNCTION
RESOURCES
PEOPLE DOING THE WORK
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COLLABORATORS
Prof. Tianyong Zhao

Dr. Jose Barrero
Dr. Frank Gubler
Prof. Henk Hilhorst 
Prof. Arthur G. Hunt

Prof. Sunny Zhou
Prof. Sharyn Perry
Prof. Maria Laene M. de Carvalho
Prof. Roberval D. Vieria
Prof. Steven Clarke
Prof. Sudip
Chattapadhyay
RESEARCH ANALYSTS
Dr. Deqing Zhang (1998 to 2000)
Mr. David Martin
(2003 to 2008)
Mr. J. Willis Corum III, (Will Corum, 2000 to 2003)
Mr. Kim R. Schäfermeyer
(2008 to 2013)
Dr. Lynnette M. A. Dirk
(2013 to present)
POST DOCS
Dr. Susmita Maitra-Majee (2005 to 2006) Currently Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi South Campus (UDSC), New Delhi, India.
Dr. Tianyong Zhao (April 2000 to October 2001); Currently Full Professor (and major collaborator) at College of Life Sciences, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100, P. R. China.
Dr. Tingsu Chen (January 2006 to 2007) Currently Scientist at the Microbiology Research Institute, Guangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Nanning, Guangxi, 530007, P. R. China.
Dr. Manoj Majee (September 2004 to 2006) Currently Staff Scientist IV, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India.
Dr. Nihar R. Nayak (April 2008 to December 2010) Currently Senior Scientist at the Regional Plant Resource Centre in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
Dr. Santosh Kumar (January 2010 to December 2011) Currently Department of Biochemistry, Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 65211, U.S.A.
Dr. Rekha Kushwaha (June 2010 to July 2011) Currently Department of Biochemistry, Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 65211, U.S.A.
STUDENTS
  Graduates
Ms. Gulvadee Chaiyaprasithi (September 1998 to 2000, 2001, not shown, deceased) 
Dr. Qilong Xu
(December 2000 to 2004, not shown)
Franciso Elder Carlos Bezzera Pereira, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Jaboticabal campus, São Paulo State, Brazil. (March to August 2017), Supported by a grant from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil.
Dr. Gunching
Siriwitayawan
(1998 to 2002)

Dr. Juliana Faria Dos Santos, Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP, Jaboticabal, Brazil (May 2014 to July 2014, November, 2014, Ph.D. 2015), Supported by Fundação De Amparo À Pesquisa Do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), Brazil.
Dr. Izabel Costa Silva Neta, Federal University of Lavras, UFLA. (February., 2015 to November., 2015). Supported by a scholarship from the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES); Brazil.
Dr. Fabiola de Oliveira Krüger, Federal University of Lavras, UFLA. (August, 2015 to August 2016), Supported by a scholarship from the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), Brazil.
  Undergraduates
Zachary Sumpter (2007) No photo available
Louai Salaita (2004), Supported by the University of Kentucky, Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center (KTRDC). Now a dentist. First- and Co-author.
Krista N. Whalen (November 2005 to April 2006). Supported by an NSF grant. Now a dentist.
Tracy Bonilla (2005), Supported by the University of Kentucky, Agricultural Genetic Technology Center (AGTC). Now a genetic consultant.
Taylor D. Lloyd, (January 2010 to 2011) (Chellgren Student Fellowship 2011, University of Kentucky Summer Research and Creativity Grant 2011, National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates Fellowship Summer 2010, American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) 2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Award, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) NASA Astronaut Scholarship 2011, and Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship 2011). Now a teacher. Co-author.
Marisa Belcastro (2003). Now a physician, Co-author.
Brent Goodwin (January 2006 to April 2006). Supported by an NSF grant.
  Intern Undergraduates
  High-School Researchers
Ms. Alyssa Eliopoulos (December 2007 to April 2009) Kentucky Young Researchers Program (KYRP) (not shown).
Ms. Sai Deepshikha Bassetti Nayakwadi, Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Math, Science and Technology Center 360-hour, Junior/Senior Capstone Research Project (not shown).
Mr. Caleb Mensah, Frederick Douglas High School, Carter Woodson Academy, High School Researcher Program. Supported by a KY NSF EPSCoR Grant to Prof. Lisa Vaillancourt. Project: 
“An examination of mutant Arabidopsis thaliana plants deficient in a dehydrin type Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) protein for phenotypes associated with surviving water loss.” Caleb’s presentation of his poster describing his project’s results and conclusions was awarded with first place in his category at the Kentucky American Water sponsored Lexington Science Fair and third place at the state science fair. Congratulations Caleb! 

Cristiane Carvalho Pereira, Federal University of Lavras, UFLA (May 2015 to July 2015). Supported by The Institute of International Education (IIE), Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.
Leandro Reis, Federal University of Lavras, UFLA (May 2015 to August 2015). 
Supported by The Institute of International Education (IIE), Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. 

VOLUNTEERS
The Experienced Experimenting in Natural Sciences (TEENS)

 

 

 
Barbara Willard
Learning to genotype (October 2014 to present)

Gene Smarte
Building specific-wavelength chambers using LEDs (July 2014 to present)

VISITING SCIENTISTS
Dr. Bruno Vieira (São Paulo State University, (Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP) Jaboticabal, Brazil) visited our lab for six months (January to July, 2014), where he worked on a physiological potential assay of pathogen bearing soybean seeds using image analysis. To conduct his research, Bruno was granted a scholarship from FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation). Currently with Syngenta Seeds Ltda.
Prof Pratap Pati (Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India) received an 8 month Fulbright Scholarship (201 to 2012) to work on examining alternative polyadenylation using RNASeq in a collaborative effort with Prof. Art Hunt and myself.
Prof. David Still (Professor and Executive Director, California State University Agricultural Research Institute, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA) visited our lab for two months early in 1999, where we worked together on mutations influencing tomato seed germination.
Prof Rup Kumar Kar (Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, Siksha Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India) arrived in our lab for six months in 2003 to work on Arabidopsis mutants capable of completing germination more rapidly than WT at 10°C. Supported by a research grant from the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0312, USA.)
Dr. Jianchang Gao (July 2007 to April 2008 in collaboration with John Snyder's lab). Associate Professor Institute of Vegetables and Flowers (IVF) Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS). Institute of Vegetables and Flowers (IVF), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS), Beijing, 100081, P.R. China.
Dr. Weiping Diao (January, 2016-August, 2016 in collaboration with John Snyder's lab). Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Horticultural Crop Genetic Improvement, Institute of Vegetable Crops, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Institute of Plant Protection, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Nanjing, P.R. China.
Dr. Nasheeman Ashraf (Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), Srinagar, India.) spent 6 months in our lab in March-July, 2016 under the auspices of a CSIR-RAMAN fellowship. We worked on walking toward the brownseed1 mutant of tomato using bulked segregant RNA-Seq (BSRSeq).
Prof. Sandra Helena Unêda Trevisoli (São Paulo State University, (Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP) Jaboticabal, Brazil) spent her one year sabbatical in our lab (July 2016 to June 2017) supported with a scholarship from FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation). We worked on defining client protein targets of Dehydrin LEA proteins using phage display and Paired End Phage Seq (PEPSeq).