The Boss

Dr. Sarah Assmann

Principal Investigator

Dr. Assmann is interested in studying the mechanisms by which plants sense abiotic environmental stresses and how they respond to and tolerate those stresses. Her research has a specific focus on drought and high temperature and the relationship that those factors have to agriculture.

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Researchers
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Dr. David Chakravorty

Post Doctoral Researcher

David works on heterotrimeric G protein signaling. There are several extra-large G protein subunits in plants, such as the three XLGs and AGG3 in Arabidopsis. His focus is investigating the function of these extra large subunits, and other novel aspects of plant G protein signaling.

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Dr. Hong-Li Chou

Post Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Chou will be joining the Assmann Lab in January 2018.

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Dr. Ángel Ferrero-Serrano

Post Doctoral Researcher

Ángel aims to identify loci associated to plant responses to environmental stress and its underlying mechanisms.

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Dr. Palanivelu Sengottaiyan

Post Doctoral Researcher

Palanivelu is an expert in biochemistry and will be researching G-Proteins.

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Dr. Zhao Su

Post Doctoral Researcher

Zhao is focused on plant development in response to environmental changes. He is primarily interested in illuminating the relationship between environment signals and plant development. Zhao also is interested in how the native structures of mRNAs in coding and non-coding regions may regulate transcription and translation.

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Dr. David Tack

Post Doctoral Researcher

Computers and living things - both are elegant from the outside, yet are built from many complex, underlaying layers. David enjoys applying sophisticated tools on complex problems.

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Cathy Vandenberg

Senior Research Technican, Lab Manager

Cathy is the all important lab manager, keeping researchers safe and supplied on the front lines of exciting research on the frontiers of plant biology.

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Sarah Cronk

Research Technican, Lab Manager

Sarah is the new lab manager. Though she hails from different academic disciplines, her love for lab safety knows no bounds.


Collaborators
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Dr. Réka Albert

Principal Investigator

Penn State University, Department of Physics / Biology
Dr. Albert is an expert on analyzing biological networks.

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Dr. Paul Babitzke

Principal Investigator

Penn State University, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr. Babitzke's research group is investigating the functional role of RNA structures in prokaryotes.

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Dr. Phil Bevilacqua

Principal Investigator

Penn State University, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Bevilacqua is co-leader of the Structure-seq team.

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Dr. Jimmy Botella

Faculty of Science

University of Queensland, Agriculture and Food Sciences
Dr. Botella is an expert in genetic engineering and G-protein signaling in plants.

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Dr. Sixue Chen

Professor & Director of Proteomics Facility

University of Florida, Department of Biology
Dr. Chen manages the Proteomics facility and is interested in signaling in response to the environment in plant systems.

Chen Lab Website

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Dr. Alice Harmon

Principal Investigator

University of Florida, Department of Biology
Dr. Harmon studies calcium dependent protein kinases.

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Dr. Tim Jegla

Principal Investigator

Penn State University, Department of Biology
Dr. Jegla studies the evolutionary history and function of ion channel gene families.

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Dr. John LeQuesne

Principal Investigator

University of Leicester
Dr. LeQuesne studies the initiation of translation and the behavior and regulation of the cofactors which participate.

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Dr. Scott E. Lindner

Assistant Professor

Penn State University, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr. Lindner studies various aspects of transcription and translation in the malaria parasite Plasmodium.

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Dr. Manali Joshi

Principal Investigator

Savitribai Phule Pune University
Dr. Joshi is a specialist in G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs).

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Dr. David Mathews

Principal Investigator

University of Rochester, Biochemistry and Biophysics
The Matthews Lab publishes the critical RNAStructure package that predicts RNA structures, with or without in-vivo restraints.

David Matthews Website

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Dr. Joseph Waldron

Post Doctoral Researcher

University of Leicester
Joe is working on applying Structure-Seq to study the behavior of helicases.


Students
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Megan Sylvia

Graduate Student

Megan is a new arrival at the Assmann lab and is co-advised by Philip Bevilacqua of the Bevilacqua Lab. Surely many exciting adventures in research await Megan as she embarks on a journey pushing both molecular and computational methods to their very limit. Stay tuned for exciting developments!

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Christian Cantos

Rotation Student

Christian is an expert in CRISPR technology and a rice specialist. Surely these talents will find an amazing application in future research!

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Yunqing Zhou

Rotation Student

Yunqing will be studying G-Proteins in guard cells and is very interested in cellular and molecular biology.


Undergraduates
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New Undergraduate!

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New Undergraduate!

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Alumni
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Biswa R Acharya

Post-Doctorate

Danforth Center, Post-doctorate

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Fiona Armstrong

Post-Doctorate

ESRC Deputy Director

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Erik Auker

Undergraduate

Medical School

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Jerome Bove

Post-Doctorate

University of Angers

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Lina Castano-Duque

Ph.D. Student


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Yiliang Ding

Post-Doctorate

John Innes Center, Project Leader

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Lei Ding

Ph.D. Student

Bayer Crop Science, Research Scientist

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Liumin Fan

Post-Doctorate

Peking University, Associate Professor

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Anne Gibson

Research Technologist

Retired

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Tim Gookin

Post-Doctorate

Wandering Scholar

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Jaebok Heo

Post-Doctorate

Dong-A University, Assistant Professor

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Tobias Jacob

Post-Doctorate

Leica Microsystems

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Byeong Wook Jeon

Post-Doctorate

NIHSS Research Scientist

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Xiaofen Jin

Post-Doctorate

Righturn Education, Vice President

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Cha-Young Kim

Post-Doctorate

KRIBB Senior Researcher

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Chun Kit Kwok

Ph.D. Student (Chem)

City Univ. of Hong Kong Asst. Professor

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Caroline Shih-Yi Lee

Undergraduate Student


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Julie (Yuh-Ru) Lee

Post-Doctorate

UC Davis, Research Scientist

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Jiaxu Li

Post-Doctorate

Mississippi State, Associate Professor

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Matthew Milner

Post-Doctorate

NIAB, United Kingdom

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Sarah Nilson

Ph.D. Student

Penn State Beaver, Assistant Professor

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Natali Ozber

Ph.D. Student

Penn State

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Sona Pandey

Post-Doctorate

Danforth Center, Principal Investigator

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Yin Tang

Ph.D. Student

Yale University, Post-Doc

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Daisuke Tsugama

Post-Doctorate

Hokkaido University, Research Faculty

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Laura Ullrich

Post-Doctorate

CLSF - Penn State

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Liza Anne Wilson

Research Assistant

CLSF - Penn State

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Yunqing Yu

Ph.D. Student

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

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Wei Zhang

Post-Doctorate

Shangdong University, Associate Professor

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Mengmeng Zhu

Post-Doctorate

Scientific Hiatus

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Zhixin Zhao

Ph.D. Student

Predicine, Senior Scientist

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Laetitia Zurletto

Post-Doctorate

UNS Associate Professor