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December 2018

Mon, Dec 3, 2018

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Biology Monday Seminar: “Molecular Mechanisms of Iron Uptake and Compartmentalization in Plants”

Erin Connolly, Ph.D., professor and department head of plant sciences at Penn State University, will discuss “Molecular Mechanisms of Iron Uptake and Compartmentalization in Plants.”

Current estimates indicate that ~3 billion people suffer from iron deficiency and plant foods serve as the principal source of iron for most people. In addition, ~30 percent of the world's soils are considered iron-limiting for plant growth. Improving iron uptake and partitioning in plants could therefore have dramatic effects on plant and human health. Research in the Connolly Lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms of micronutrient uptake and trafficking in plants. We are particularly interested in the mechanisms that underlie the delivery of iron to mitochondria and chloroplasts. In addition, we have a long-term goal of elucidating the mechanisms that function to maintain iron homeostasis in plants.

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Biology Monday Seminar

Erin Connolly, PhD
Professor and Department Head, Plant Sciences, Penn State University

“Molecular Mechanisms of Iron Uptake and Compartmentalization in Plants”

Current estimates indicate that ~3 billion people suffer from iron deficiency and plant foods serve as the principal source of iron for most people. In addition, ~30% of the world's soils are considered iron-limiting for plant growth. Improving iron uptake and partitioning in plants could therefore have dramatic effects on plant and human health. Research in the Connolly Lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms of micronutrient uptake and trafficking in plants. We are particularly interested in the mechanisms that underlie the delivery of iron to mitochondria and chloroplasts. In addition, we have a long-term goal of elucidating the mechanisms that function to maintain iron homeostasis in plants.

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Ma outdoors in a snowy mountain landscape, holding a frog

Biology Monday Seminar: "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog"

Wen-Juan Ma, Ph.D. and postdoctoral research associate at Amherst College, will present "Evolution of Homomorphic Sex Chromosomes, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in the Common Frog."

"My research focuses on the fields of evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and mating-type chromosomes, sex determination, as well as evolution of asexuality (especially induced by the bacteria Wolbachia). To understand the evolution and genomics of sex chromosomes and sex determination, I have used a broad range of non-model organisms, including invertebrate haplodiploid parasitic wasps, vertebrate amphibians, angiosperm plants and parasitic plant anther smut fungi, using various approaches in combination of fieldwork, experimental crosses, common garden experiment, molecular genetics and comparative genomics. Previously, my work on genomics of homomorphic sex chromosomes in the common frogs was investigating of evolutionary signatures of early stage of sex chromosome evolution, such as transcriptional degeneration, feminization of X chromosomes, dynamics of sex-biased gene expression throughout development and among adult tissues. The results revealed that sex-biased gene expressions were not enriched in sex chromosomes, no transcriptional degeneration occurred and no Faster-X (sex chromosome) evolution evolved, suggesting the canonical model of sexual antagonistic selection might not play a critical role at least in amphibian sex chromosome evolution. Currently, I am using comparative genomics approach to investigate temporal degeneration of non-recombining mating-type chromosomes in a series of anther smut Microbotryum fungi species."

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Biochemical Principles of Life at the Molecular Level - Capstone Project

Biochemical Principles of Life at the Molecular Level Capstone Project - Poster Presentation
From Molecules to Patients: A biochemical understanding of Human Disease
Presented by students of Biochemistry 330
All invited to attend.
Refreshments will be served!