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CEPCEB Director Julia Bailey-Serres Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

May 3, 2016: CEPCEB Director and geneticist Julia Bailey-Serres was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Julia was recognized for her excellence in original scientific research involving the discovery of a gene in rice that provides prolonged tolerance to submergence, and subsequently creating a  flood-tolerant rice variety grown by more than one million farmers in flood-prone areas of Asia.

Julia is now the fourth CEPCEB member and fifth IIGB member on campus to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences (Susan Wessler, Alexander Raikhel, Natasha Raikhel, Xuemei Chen).
Julia is a graduate of the University of Utah. She has a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University. She has been a member of the faculty at UC Riverside since 1990. Her research group studies the sensing, signaling and acclimation responses to low oxygen stress in plants. Her multidisciplinary approach combines genetic, molecular, biochemical and bioinformatic technologies and has significant implications for agricultural and global food challenges.

She has received international attention for her group's dissection of the mechanistic role of the SUB1A gene in conferring submergence tolerance in rice. Her accomplishments also include the pioneering of methods for profiling the "translatomes" of discrete cell-types of plants and identification of a homeostatic sensor of oxygen deprivation in plants.

Julia Bailey-Serres

CEPCEB's 13th Annual Symposium/Award Ceremony 

The Thirteenth Annual CEPCEB Award Ceremony was held December 16, 2015 in the Genomics Auditorium.The format of the half-day symposium enabled members and friends of CEPCEB to form new contacts and collaborations as well as gain greater insight into the science performed in the Center. Two postdocs, one graduate student, three faculty, and two external speakers presented either research or “tech talks.”  The five "tech talks" were five minutes in length, with time for only one or two questions. The purpose of these talks was to convey exciting technology in the areas of genomics, proteomics, chemistry or biological modeling. The five Research Talks that were 20 minutes in length served to inform and expose attending biologists, engineers, computer scientists and chemists to exciting new project work.

The 2015 Distinguished Noel T. Keen Lecturer was Pamela J. Green. Pamela Green received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After postdoctoral research with Nam-Hai Chua at Rockefeller University, she joined the DOE Plant Research Laboratory and the Department of Biochemistry at Michigan State University, where she was a professor for 13 years. She moved to the Delaware Biotechnology Institute of University of Delaware in 2002 where she is the Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair and Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, Marine BioScience, Chemistry/Biochemistry and Biological Sciences.  Green has served on or chaired the boards of the Gordon Research Conferences, the Committee on Science and the Arts of The Franklin Institute, the International Society of Plant Molecular Biology, Trends in Plant Biology, and the Arabidopsis Steering Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Plant Biologists.

The 2015 program is here

The 2014 program is  here.

The 2013 program is  here.


CEPCEB Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary!

CEPCEB celebrated its 10th anniversary with a full-day symposium on Friday, December 14, 2012 in the Genomics Auditorium. The program featured five external speakers, including our Noel T. Keen Lecturer James Carrington from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and three CEPCEB speakers. 

For detailed information, please visit our news page.

 CEPCEB's 10th Anniversary Symposium

The Frontier of Research in Plant Cell Biology and Genomics, Systems-Based Approach

This is an exciting time for plant biology. Plants are the basis of all life on Earth, whether as components of natural ecosystems or as domesticated crops used for food, feed and materials. After centuries of study, we are beginning to understand the complex signals and biochemical networks that allow plants to rapidly and exquisitely adapt to diverse environments as vital components of the earth's biosphere. The Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) focuses on a diverse group of plants and fungi that provide the foundation for all life on earth. Capitalizing on the scientific momentum created by the genome sequencing of two important plants - Arabidopsis and rice - CEPCEB seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of how plants function as whole organisms. The goal of this scientific challenge, involving an interdisciplinary effort by engineers, plant biologists, plant pathologists, chemists, physicists and computer scientists, is to apply the knowledge of how plants respond to their dynamic environment toward manipulation of crop plants safely and efficiently for better and more sustainable production.

We are inspired to transfer our excitement of plant cell biology to a new generation of scientists who will extend research at our university around the world.


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