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Click on the thumbnail above to see evidence for multiple high temperature sensing mechanisms in plants. The plant in the top movie was heated at 37 degrees, the one on the bottom was heated at 40 degrees. Note the differences in the timing and location of the responses. This work is described in Kast et al., 2013

Teaching

Biology 25 - Plant Biology

This course is an exploration of the diverse field of plant biology. Topics include growth and development, reproduction, genetics and genome biology, evolution and diversity, physiology, responses to pathogens and environmental stimuli, domestication, agriculture, and applications of plant genetic modification. Laboratories introduce organismal, cellular, molecular, and genetic approaches to understanding plant biology. This course is taught every spring.

Biology 115E - Plant Molecular Genetics - Biotechnology

We will investigate the technological approaches that plant scientists are using to address environmental, agricultural, and health issues. Topics may include biofuels, nutritional engineering, engineering disease and stress resistance, bioremediation, and the production of pharmaceuticals in plants.

Biology 115A - Plant Molecular Genetics

This seminar occasionally focuses on other topics in plant molecular genetics. Last taught as 115A in 2006, we focused on the molecular mechanisms of auxin transport and signal transduction and the roles that auxin plays in plant development.

Biology 119 - Genomics and Systems Biology

Fundamental questions in biology are being answered using revolutionary new technologies including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, systems biology, modeling, and large scale protein and genetic interaction screens. These approaches have fundamentally changed how scientists investigate biological problems and allow us to ask questions about cells, organisms and evolution that were impossible to address even five years ago. Readings will include animal, plant, fungal, and bacterial literature. Laboratory projects will incorporate genomic and molecular approaches.

Biology 1 - Cellular and Molecular Biology

This team taught course is an introduction to the study of living systems illustrated by examples drawn from cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, and developmental biology. This course is taught every fall and includes one laboratory period per week.