Post-Doc Position in Plant Biotechnology

Post date: Sep 05, 2010 12:26:51 AM

Post-doctoral Research Position in Applied Plant Biotechnology

A post-doctoral position is immediately available to work on a collaborative NSF-sponsored research project on plant propagation that combines bioreactor design principles with manipulation of transcription factors to induce embryogenesis. The project is a collaboration between the laboratories of Mark Guiltinan/Siela Maximova in Horticulture and the Curtis Laboratory in Chemical Engineering The post-doc will utilize DNA microarrays and other methods to identify regulatory genes involved in the early stages of embryo development. A major goal of the work is to then deliver these regulatory genes to plant tissues to induce embryo formation – using Cacao (chocolate tree) as the model experimental system. This will be accomplished using a transient gene expression technology that has been developed in the Curtis lab using auxotrophs of Agrobacterium, a bacteria that has the ability to deliver DNA into plant tissue culture. This transient gene expression will be carried out in bioreactor systems that have been designed specifically to facilitate embryo development based on enhanced gas and liquid contacting. The research will be executed collaboratively with a graduate and undergraduate students in Chemical Engineering. An outreach program to deliver plants to low-income Cacao farmers in South America is planned. Specific link that includes papers:

To apply for this postdoctoral position, inquire with CV and a statement of interest to Dr. Wayne Curtis ( copied to Please include “Embryo Postdoc” in the subject of the email to help identify the email.

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