SEED BIOLOGY
UNDERSTANDING HOW THESE COMPLEX ENTITIES FUNCTION
RESOURCES
PEOPLE DOING THE WORK
  Over the years I have had the opportunity to collaborate with many different talented people. In some instances these collaborations have occurred without ever meeting in person but have spanned years. There have been people, interested in seed biology, from many different nations who have opened their labs and projects to me or traveled to take up research projects in my lab for varying lengths of time. Below are some of the individuals with whom I have collaborated with links, where possible, to their own web sites highlighting their specific interests.
COLLABORATORS
Prof. Tianyong Zhao

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

Prof. Sharyn Perry
Prof. Sudip Chattopadhyay
Prof. Maria Laene M. de Carvalho
Prof. Roberval D. Vieria
Prof. Steven Clarke
Prof. Sunny Zhou
RESEARCH ANALYSTS
Dr. Deqing Zhang (1998 to 2000)
Mr. David Martin
(2003 to 2008)
Mr. J. Willis Corum III (Will Corum, 2000 to 2003)
Dr. Lynnette M. A. Dirk
(2013 to present)
Mr. Kim R. Schäfermeyer
(2008 to 2013)
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. 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. 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. 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.
Dr. Nihar R. Nayak, (April 2008 to December 2010) Currently Senior Scientist at the Regional Plant Resource Centre in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
Dr. Manoj Majee, (September 2004 to 2006) Currently Staff Scientist IV, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, 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.
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
Prof. Imran Ahmad, 
(Department of Horticulture Faculty of Crop Production Sciences, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan.) Imran spent six months with us from November 2018 to May 2019 under the auspices of the Pakistani Higher Education Commission (HEC). During this time we worked on yeast expression of LEAPs for two hybrid analysis with interacting proteins and for conferred salt- and dehydration-tolerance. 

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).
Dr. Weiping Diao, (January, 2016 to 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 six months in our lab in March to 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).
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 (2011 to 2012) to work on examining alternative polyadenylation using RNASeq in a collaborative effort with Prof. Art Hunt and myself.
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.)
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.
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.