PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Office: 2500 Partners II, Centennial Campus
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Research Areas: Population / Quantitative
Researchers are already using many genomic sciences discoveries for applications in human, animal and crop health. It's time for us to work harder on environmental health. If we can bioengineer fast-growing, high-yield trees with other specialty features, and grow them as crops for human needs, we can largely leave the natural forests alone. My research seeks to attack deforestation, habitat destruction, and climate change through a rapid acceleration of the "domestication" of trees, or the modification of trees to solve environmental problems.
Sederoff R, Myburg A, and Kirst M. (2010). Genomics, domestication and evolution of forest trees. Cold Spring Harbor Symposium of Quantitative Biology. 74: in press.
Rui S, Sun Y-H, Li Q, Heber S, Sederoff R, and Chiang V. (2010). Towards a systems approach for lignin biosynthesis in Populus trichocarpa: Abundance and specificity of transcripts and predictive power of promoter motifs of the monolignol biosynthetic genes. Plant and Cell Physiology. 51: 144–163.
Grattapaglia D, Plomion C, Kirst M, and Sederoff RR. (2009). Genomics of growth traits in forest trees. Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 12: 148–156.
Barakat A, DiLoreto DS, Zhang Y, Smith C, Baier K, Powell WA, Wheeler N, Sederoff R, and Carlson JE. (2009). Comparison of the transcriptomes of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) and Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima) in response to the chestnut blight infection. BMC Plant Biology. 9:51.
Novaes E, Drost DR, Farmerie WG, GJ Pappas, Jr., Grattapaglia D, Sederoff R, and Kirst M. (2008). High-throughput gene and SNP discovery in Eucalyptus grandis, an uncharacterized genome. BMC Genomics. 9:312.