Indiana University, Bloomington
Professor Roger Hangarter received his B.S. in Biology from the State University College at Geneseo, N.Y. in 1974, and his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Michigan State University in 1981. He did Postdoctoral research at Michigan State University and the University of Illinois, Urbana on the mechanism of biological energy transduction. Before coming to IU in 1995, where he is a Full Professor, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Ohio State University (1986-1995).
Dr. Hangarter's laboratory studies the physiological and molecular mechanisms by which plants perceive and respond to environmental stimuli. In particular, how plants use light and gravity to regulate their growth and development. His lab uses the small, rapidly growing plant Arabidopsis thaliana as a research model and uses combinations of genetics, molecular and physiological approaches.
Dr. Hangarter is also committed to communicating science to public audiences. His Plants-In-Motion website provides a large collection of time-lapse plant movies and educational material to teachers and students worldwide. He develops visually compelling educational projects and his work is exhibited in science museums as well as art galleries.
Dr. Hangarter's research is funded by grants from the National
Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and NASA. Dr. Hangarter has
participated in organizing several international meetings and has served
in professional roles with the National Science Foundation, United States
Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, and NASA, and is past
president (2003-2006) of the American Society of Plant Biologists. He
received an SBC Fellows Award (2000), a MERLOT Classic Award (2004), and
an NSF/AAAS Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Award (2005). In
2007 he received the Excellence In Teaching Award from the American
Society of Plant Biologists. In recognition of excellence in research and
teaching, Dr. Hangarter was named the Class of 1968 Chancellor's Professor
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