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Julin Maloof

University of California, Davis
Department of Plant Biology
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 8077

Taxa Studied: Plants
Techniques Employed: Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Microarrays, Sanger Sequencing, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, QTL Mapping, SNP Mapping, Transgenesis, Mutagenesis
Research Description: We are interested in understanding the mechanisms by which plants adapt to different light environments. Since plants are rooted in their environment, they are particularly adept at coping with their environment. Furthermore different species, and populations within species, have adapted to different environments. Therefore plants are well suited for studying adaptation mechanisms. Because light is fundamental to plant growth, we have focused on how plants sense and respond to environmental light cues. We are focused on light perception by the phytochrome photoreceptors. Phytochromes sense red and far-red light and provide information about the density of neighboring foliage (among other things). Currently we are studying adaptation to light environments in tomato (domesticated and wild species), Brassica rapa, and Arabidopsis. Main techniques are quantitative genetics and genomics. We are doing extensive short-read sequencing to provide genomic information about the non-model organisms that we are working on. In particular, RNA-seq is being used for expression profiling, SNP discovery, and eQTL mapping.
Lab Web Page: http://malooflab.openwetware.org/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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