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Charles Gasser

University of California, Davis
Mol. Cell. Biol.
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616


Taxa Studied: Plants
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Microarrays, Sanger Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Sectioning for Histology, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Epifluoresence Microscopy, Transgenesis, Mutagenesis, RNA interference(RNAi)
Research Description: We study the genetic and molecular basis of the development and evolution of plant reproductive structures, with a special focus on ovules, the precursors to seeds. Forward, and reverse genetic methods, as well as genomic and biochemical techniques are used to identify and and characterize determinants of ovule development in Arabidopsis. We use a variety of organisms to evaluate conservation of function of the genes identified in ovule development. We further use these genes to try to understand the developmental and genetic basis of the variety of ovule and flower forms found among seed plants. Plants we have used in these studies include tomato, Impatiens and Passiflora species, members of the Santalales, and Annona species (a cultivated magnoliid).
Lab Web Page: http://www.mcb.ucdavis.edu/faculty-labs/gasser/gasser-lab.html
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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