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Plant cell growth studies funded by NSF grant at UMass Amherst
Date:1/14/2014

n the secretion process."

Undergraduate and graduate students in Bezanilla's plant biology classes at UMass Amherst, including the many underrepresented minority students who attend summer institutes, will benefit from taking part in these studies because they will learn about gene transcription and translation among other topics, and receive training in RNA-induced gene silencing, fluorescent protein labeling, using DNA to transform cells, molecular cloning, microscopy and other laboratory techniques.

Specifically, Bezanilla and her students work with a moss species that provides a simple, fast-growing model plant for which the whole genome is known. They will manipulate the moss model by systematically altering the plants' DNA blueprint to make minor changes in protein secretion, then evaluate what happens when proteins are altered one at a time.

"We ask, what is the protein doing, what other protein is it talking to and what happens when you remove it? In this way we can interrogate the system to learn how each part contributes to the whole," says Bezanilla, who in 2010 received a career recognition award from the American Society for Cell Biology for her exceptional scientific contributions and potential for continuing a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership.


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University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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