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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Biology

Faculty & Research

Research Strengths

Plant Molecular Biology

At Indiana University we have a world-class group of researchers interested in diverse aspects of Plant Molecular Biology. Our common goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms by which plants grow, differentiate, evolve, and interact with the biotic and abiotic environments. We have particular strengths in plant development, epigenetics, host/pathogen interactions, environmental sensory-response systems, cytoskeletal dynamics, and genome evolution. Many of our laboratories use Arabidopsis as their primary model system; however, we make use of other plant models as well. The Department of Biology provides an excellent setting for research in Plant Molecular Biology. A core group of five Arabidopsis laboratories are located in modern, open, and contiguous space on the third floor of Myers Hall, providing students with a scientific environment in which they can readily seek advice, discuss new ideas, and learn new techniques from an extended community of researchers. In addition to excellent laboratory space, we have abundant greenhouse space and numerous environmentally controlled growth chambers. If you are interested in Plant Molecular Biology at Indiana University, please feel free to contact any of our affiliated faculty.

Faculty Member Contact Description
Thumbnail photo for Volker Brendel Volker Brendel
Professor of Biology and Computer Science

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
vbrendel [at] indiana.edu
812-855-7074
SI 205C
Thumbnail photo for Lynda Delph Lynda Delph
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
ldelph [at] indiana.edu
812-855-1831/5-7597(lab)
JH 119B / JH 116/121 (lab)
Evolutionary genetics and ecology; plant reproductive biology.
Thumbnail photo for Roger Hangarter Roger Hangarter
Class of 1968 Chancellor's Professor

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
rhangart [at] indiana.edu
812-855-5456/5-2179(lab)
MY 352 / MY 330 (lab)
Plant physiology: environmental sensory-response systems and plant development.
Thumbnail photo for Roger Innes Roger Innes
Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
rinnes [at] indiana.edu
812-855-2219/5-2852(lab)
MY 316B / MY 302 (lab)
Molecular genetics of plant/pathogen interactions.
Thumbnail photo for David Kehoe David Kehoe
Professor of Biology

Microbiology
dkehoe [at] indiana.edu
812-856-4715
JH A413A
Environmental regulation of gene expression in bacteria.
Thumbnail photo for Eric Knox Eric Knox
Director, IU Herbarium

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
eknox [at] indiana.edu
812-855-9601
JH A313
Plant evolution, speciation, phylogenetic systematics, chloroplast genome evolution; horizontal gene transfer; flora of Indiana.
Thumbnail photo for Scott Michaels Scott Michaels
Associate Professor of Biology and Director Center for Genomics & Bioinformatics

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
michaels [at] indiana.edu
812-856-0302/6-0355(lab)
MY 316C / MY 359
Regulation of chromatin structure and gene expression by epigenetic modifications.
Thumbnail photo for Keithanne Mockaitis Keithanne Mockaitis
Associate Scientist

kmockait [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2051
MY 311
Thumbnail photo for Jeffrey Palmer Jeffrey Palmer
Distinguished Professor and Class of 1955 Professor

jpalmer [at] indiana.edu
812-855-8892
JH 235C / JH 229/235 (lab)
Horizontal gene transfer in plants and fungi. Evolution of plant mitochondrial genomes. Intracellular transfer of organellar genes to the nucleus. Evolution of mutation rates.
Thumbnail photo for Craig Pikaard Craig Pikaard
HHMI-GBMF Investigator and Carlos O. Miller Professor

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
cpikaard [at] indiana.edu
812-855-1874/5-2659(lab)
MY 300
Mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene silencing and large-scale epigenetic control.
Thumbnail photo for Sidney Shaw Sidney Shaw
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
sishaw [at] indiana.edu
812-856-5001
MY 354
Microtubule dynamics and cellular morphogenesis in Arabidopsis.
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