Sally Assmann

  • Apr 9, 2018

Date & Location: April 9, 2018, at 4p; Room 101 Biochemistry Building

Subject: Abiotic stress regulation of the RNA structurome in Arabidopsis and rice

About the Speaker

University: Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests:  "Life is hard for a plant - perpetually forced to deal with the full brunt of the environment."

"The Assmann lab is interested in studying the mechanisms by which plants sense abiotic environmental stresses and how they respond to and tolerate those stresses. We are particularly interested in drought and high temperature and the relationship that those factors have to agriculture."

"Drought is responsible for about 50% of crop loss every year worldwide. Heat stress, especially due to climate change, also has a significant impact on agricultural productivity. Our major research organisms are rice, the staple food for half the world's population, and mouse-ear cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), the premier model plant species."

"The main systems that we study are heterotrimeric G-protein signaling cascades, guard cell signaling networks, and genome-wide stress modulation of mRNA structure-function relationships. At the cellular and molecular level, many of these mechanisms are shared by non-plant systems."