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  • Welcome | Plant Biology
    associate professor at Fordham University in NY Grad Student Marziyeh Haghighat Principles of Plant Biology lab course taught by graduate student Marziyeh Haghighat Alumni Elise Bartelme Alumna Elise Bartelme teaching a Plant Biology lab course Welcome to the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia Back to Top Discover the Department Prospective Students Current Students Faculty Staff Alumni Newsworthy The new Science Learning Center The new Science Learning Center is taking shape Brigitte Bruns and Lisa Donovan were given a tour of the facility this week Click here to view the gallery Nov 2015 Congratulations to Dr Edward McAssey our newest PhD Ed a member of John Burke s lab successfully defended his dissertation on genetic diversity across the range of wild sunflower Helianthus anuus Congrats View more departmental news Upcoming Events Seminar Stephen Hubbell UCLA Stephen Hubbell UCLA Time November 30 2015 4 00pm Location 2401 Miller Plant Sciences Hosted by Shu Mei Chang Additional Information Stochastic and deterministic dynamics of a Neotropical forest Seminar Hui Guo University of Georgia Hui Guo Exit Seminar Time December 3 2015 11 00am Location 2401 Miller Plant Sciences Hosted by Andrew H Paterson Additional Information The evolution of crop genetic

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  • Giving Opportunities | Plant Biology
    Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia Gifts from alumni and friends like you play a critical role in our ability to recruit and retain the most outstanding students and faculty and to provide every student with exceptional educational opportunities while they are here Please see our departmental support funds below If you would like to pay by check please make payable to the UGA Foundation Please indicate the specific fund you wish to support If you have questions about giving stock transfers or property please contact the Franklin College Office of Development 706 542 4658 Gifts are tax deductible Thank you for your support of the University of Georgia The Plant Biology Graduate Student Award Endowment 7904100 Gifts to this account will create a permanent endowment to support graduate students Once the fund reaches a minimum corpus of 25 000 or more the yield will be used to support graduate students with stipends that permit them to concentrate on research and classes in the first year without having to teach As of June 2015 this fund has reached 16 000 through generous donations form current and emeritus faculty who believe in our departmental mission We have a goal of reaching 25 000 by August 2017 so that we can start making award to students Make a gift to the Plant Biology Graduate Student Award Endowment If you would like to name your gift in honor of someone or in memory of someone please specify their name The Plant Biology Research and Education Fund 9110900 Gifts to this account will support the research and educational activities of the Plant Biology Department This includes support for seminar programs conferences travel research to improve facilities and for similar activities that support and enrich the research and educational functions of the Department

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  • About Us | Plant Biology
    Chinyere Kaleigh and Breanna presenting research at the Evolution 2014 Conference About Us Work study and research with the best Our department offers a broad spectrum of educational and research opportunities in plant biology The Plant Biology faculty staff and students publish in top journals are well funded by extramural grants present their research in seminars and conferences all over the world and serve on a variety of grant review panels and editorial boards Many faculty have been honored with international national and University of Georgia awards The tradition of excellence has provided the foundation for a remarkable number of our graduate and postdoctoral students to advance to productive careers in academics and industry From molecules to ecosystems we embrace the entire spectrum of plant biology Strength in plant biology spans the entire campus Research collaborations include those with faculty and students in the UGA Department of Genetics Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the Institute of Ecology Also our cellular and molecular faculty and students participate in seminars symposia and retreat meetings sponsored by The Plant Center Several faculty specialize in teaching and provide guidance on developing excellence in education skills We are committed to the career development of our students We focus on research training but we also take teaching and communication skills seriously Our students benefit from courses in teaching methods grant writing and popular science writing Our students may choose an intensive teaching internship and we include teaching based classes and seminars in our graduate curricula Our graduate students are involved Through the Plant Biology Graduate Student Association our students participate in the administration of the Department Student elected representatives attend faculty meetings and have a vote on most matters considered by the faculty including new faculty hires The faculty sends a representative to the

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  • Department Directory | Plant Biology
    undergraduates Hiral Chinyere Kaleigh and Breanna presenting research at the Evolution 2014 Conference Grad Student Rishi Masalia Science Café co founder and graduate student Rishi Masalia as featured in the UGA Graduate School Magazine Grad Student Chelsea Cunard Graduate student Chelsea Cunard implementing a field experiment studying invasive Microstegium vimineum Alumni Steve Franks Alumni Steve Franks is an associate professor at Fordham University in NY Department Directory Faculty Directory Staff

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  • Prospective Students | Plant Biology
    the overall winner of 2014 Dance Your Ph D contest You can find out more in the Science Magazine here http news sciencemag org people events 2014 11 dance your ph d winner announced Grad Student Rishi Masalia Science Café co founder and graduate student Rishi Masalia as featured in the UGA Graduate School Magazine Prospective Students Undergraduate Program Pursue B S degree in Plant Biology Graduate Program Pursue M

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  • Research Areas of Expertise | Plant Biology
    cell biological and computational approaches to understand plant growth physiology and development at a molecular level Faculty Researchers Mike Arnold Maor Bar Peled Jeff Bennetzen John M Burke Kathrin F Stanger Hall Kelly Dawe Katrien Devos Zachary A Lewis Wolfgang Lukowitz Michelle Momany David C Nelson Andrew H Paterson Andrea Sweigart Zheng Hua Ye Xiaoyu Zhang Genomics and Bioinformatics Genomics and Bioinformatics melds the disciplines of statistics computer science and life sciences and involves both computationally oriented informaticians and wet bench oriented genomicists Faculty Researchers Magdy S Alabady Maor Bar Peled Jeff Bennetzen John M Burke Katrien Devos James H Leebens Mack Zachary A Lewis Russell L Malmberg Andrew H Paterson Xiaoyu Zhang Fungal Biology Fungi range from microscopic single celled yeasts to vast underground mycelial colonies covering hundreds of acres Because they are more closely related to animals than to plants and because their biology and genetics are easily manipulated fungi are great model organisms Faculty Researchers Maor Bar Peled Chang Hyun Khang Michelle Momany Evolutionary Biology Evolutionary biology studies the mechanisms of both micro and macro evolution seeking to better understand the various influences shaping the form and nature of life Faculty Researchers Mike Arnold Maor Bar Peled John M Burke Shu Mei Chang Katrien Devos Lisa A Donovan James L Hamrick Kathrin F Stanger Hall James H Leebens Mack Russell L Malmberg Andrew H Paterson Andrea Sweigart Dorset W Trapnell Xiaoyu Zhang Ecology Plant ecology is a subdiscipline of ecology which studies the distribution and abundance of plants the effects of environmental factors upon the abundance of plants and the interactions among and between plants and other organisms Faculty Researchers Shu Mei Chang Lisa A Donovan Russell L Malmberg Jacqueline Mohan Chris J Peterson Dorset W Trapnell Wendy B Zomlefer Cellular and Developmental Biology Cellular and developmental

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  • What's Happening in Plant Biology | Plant Biology
    Cruse Sanders is director of research and conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Grad Student Rishi Masalia Science Café co founder and graduate student Rishi Masalia as featured in the UGA Graduate School Magazine Grad Student Uma Nagendra Uma Nagendra is the overall winner of 2014 Dance Your Ph D contest You can find out more in the Science Magazine here http news sciencemag org people events 2014 11 dance your ph d winner announced What s Happening in Plant Biology Seminars Conferences and Events in UGA Department of Plant Biology Stephen Hubbell UCLA Time November 30 2015 4 00pm Location 2401 Miller Plant Sciences Hosted by Shu Mei Chang Additional Information Stochastic and deterministic dynamics of a Neotropical forest Hui Guo Exit Seminar Time December 3 2015 11 00am Location 2401 Miller Plant Sciences Hosted by Andrew H Paterson Additional Information The evolution of crop genetic diversity Jeff Cannon Exit Seminar Time December 7 2015 4 00pm Location 2401 Miller Plant Sciences Hosted by Chris J Peterson Additional Information Title Crash and Burn Forest tornado damage its landscape pattern and its interaction with fire Click here to view past events Back to Top Discover the Department Prospective Students Current

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  • News | Plant Biology
    early post penetration fungal morphology and development extra invasive hyphal membrane EIHM dynamics and comparative transcriptome analysis in rice roots April 2015 PBIO major heading to UC Davis for graduate school Since June 2014 PBIO undergrad Emma Shipman has worked in the Khang lab studying early infection morphogenesis of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae With other lab members she co authored a poster and paper in review on dynamics of effector secreting cell establishment by M oryzae She is starting graduate school in September at the University of California at Davis s Plant Biology Graduate Group April 2015 Plant Biology Grad Students host regional conference more What do PBIO grad students do on Spring Break They host a regional conference Uma Nagendra and Jeffery Cannon led a group of graduate students to host the Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference SEEC at UGA this past March The conference brought 225 early career researchers from over 40 institutions to UGA for presentations and posters as well as a plenary career panel field trip and trivia Attendees practiced effective science communication with new rapid research talks and a lunchtime workshop May 18th Fascination of Plants Day What will you be doing on May 18th Fascination of Plants Day Fascination of Plants Day is an internationally coordinated activity started by the European Plant Science Organization aimed at heightening awareness and cultivate fascination for plants http www plantday org April 2015 Congrats to Stephanie and Gretchen and Welcome to Chelsea We are excited to announce the promotions of Stephanie Chirello to Administrative Specialist II and Gretchen Bowen to Sr Accountant Also please welcome our newest staff member Chelsea Harvey Administrative Associate I April 2015 Eric Goolsby awarded NSF DDIG for dissertation research Congratulations to Eric Goolsby an Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program student in the Donovan lab for his NSF DDIG grant Evolution of hyperaccumulation in wild Helianthus a phylogenetically explicit assessment of evolutionary history and adaptive hypotheses April 2015 Sabrina Sewell M S 2013 and Wendy Zomlefer advisor receive Windler Award Congratulations to Sabrina Sewell M S 2013 and Wendy Zomlefer her advisor They received the Windler Award at the 76th Annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Chattanooga TN The award is presented annually to the author s of the best systematic botany paper published in Castanea the previous year Sabrina s paper was based on the second chapter of her thesis a study of vegetation of the unusual Piedmont Gabbro Upland Depression Forests in Jasper County GA She received a 500 00 check from the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society April 2015 Jess Stephens lead author on Sarracenia phylogeny Jess Stephens and co authors publish Saracennia Phylogeny Stephens Jess Will Rogers Karolina Heyduk Jennifer Cruse Sanders Ron Determann Travis Glenn Russell Malmberg 2015 Ressolving phylogenetic relationships of the recently radiated plant genus Sarracenia using target enrichment Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 85 76 87 April 2015 Congratulations to Alex Harkess Plant Biology graduate student Alex Harkess is definitely on a roll 1 Awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant 2 Paper published in New Phytologist http onlinelibrary wiley com doi 10 1111 nph 13389 abstract 3 Finalist in the UGA 3 minute dissertation competition to be held Wed April 8 Keep it up April 2015 Congratulations to Chase Mason Congratulations to Chase Mason on a successful PhD dissertation defense Join us for his departmental exit seminar April 6 March 2015 UGA Represented at Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar PBIO professor Michelle Momany was scientific co chair for the 28th Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar the largest international meeting in the field The UGA fungal group was well represented with Chang Hyun Khang s lab and Zack Lewis lab also attending http fungi uga edu April 2015 Congratulations to Alan Bowsher Congratulations to Alan Bowsher on a successful PhD dissertation defense March 2015 The Dogwood Genome Project funded by NSF Plant Genome Research Program The Dogwood Genome Project A Model for Woody Ornamental Genomics has been funded for 1 5 million by the NSF Plant Genome Research Program The project is led by Jim Leebens Mack with co PIs CK Tsai Phillip Wadl Magdy Alabady and JennyQiuyun Xiang Congratulations March 2015 Wendy Zomlefer receives NSF grant for workshop on herbarium best practices Wendy Zomlefer curator of UGA Plant Biology Herbarium just received an NSF Workshop grant In the coming year she will host representatives of at least 10 herbaria from Georgia and the Southeast for a two day program on best herbarium practices Jim Leebens Mack approved for promotion to Full Professor Congratulations to Jim Leebens Mack He has been approved for promotion to Full Professor No wonder he is smiling Will Rogers gives Clarke Central 9th Graders a tour of our Greenhouse Jim Hamrick Retires Thursday February 12 2015 we celebrated Jim s retirement with a dinner at Trump s The Department gave him a photograph of the region of Costa Rica in which he conducts his research We have another successful candidate Congratulations to Rishi Masalia for successfully passing his oral qualifying exam He has now been admitted to Ph D candidacy in Plant Biology Congratulations to Ilkay Dorter Congratulations to Ilkay Dorter for successfully passing his oral qualifying exam He has now been admitted to Ph D candidacy in Plant Biology Herbarium basics workshop for Trees Atlanta As part of the outreach component of her current NSF Collections in Service of Biological Collections CSBR grant Wendy Zomlefer is giving a herbarium basics workshop for Trees Atlanta a non profit organization devoted to promoting tree planting in Atlanta and the Beltway Arboretum The workshop will be held on Saturday Feb 21 See Congratulations to Tiantian Zhang Congratulations to Tiantian Zhang for a successful defense of her PhD dissertation She is completing her degree under the direction of Professor Michael Hahn Congratulations to Yiwen Yang Congratulations to Yiwen Yang for a successful defense of her PhD dissertation She is completing her degree under the direction of Professor Michael Hahn Running out of water

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