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Plant Molecular Biology (PMB) Track

PMB Track Leadership

  • Director of Graduate Admissions, Plant Molecular Biology Track

    Associate Professor, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

    B.S. UCSD, 2000

    Ph.D. Stanford University, 2008, Advisor: Zhi-Yong Wang

    Postdoctoral Research, UCSD, Advisor: Steve Kay

    Postdoctoral Research, UCSD, Advisor: Eric Bennett


    Professor Gendron has 18 years of experience studying the genetic and molecular basis of how organisms react to environmental cues. He performed his Ph.D. in Dr. Zhi-Yong Wang’s lab at Stanford University/ Carnegie Institution for Science where he studied the brassinosteroid signaling pathway in Arabidopsis with an emphasis on discovering and mechanistically describing signaling pathway components. In addition, he described how brassinosteroids control growth and organogenesis. He performed his post-doctoral research in Dr. Steve Kay’s lab at the University of California, San Diego and University of Southern California where he investigated transcriptional networks in the circadian clock of Arabidopsis. He was funded by a Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA award from the NIH. Furthermore, he spent one year as a visiting scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Bennett at University of California, San Diego studying mammalian protein degradation mechanisms and learning mass spectrometry techniques and analysis. As an assistant professor at Yale University, he runs a research program that reveals the interplay of protein degradation and daily timing mechanisms in eukaryotes using reverse genetics and biochemistry in the model plant Arabidopsis. His work impacts our understanding of how plants sense and respond to environmental cues with the goal of making crops robust to rapidly changing climates. The work in the laboratory is supported by the National Science Foundation.

    The work in the Gendron lab focuses on how protein degradation controls the circadian clock in plants. The lab using protein engineering, mass spectrometry, and forward and reverse genetic approaches to investigate how the ubiquitin proteasome system couples the circadian clock to downstream biological processes such as metabolism, cell growth, and cell differentiation.

Faculty

  • Benjamin Silliman Professor of Chemistry

    Research Interests
    • Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy
    • Metalloproteins
    • Molecular Biology
    • Photosynthesis

    A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Prof. Gary Brudvig earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology. He joined the Yale faculty in 1982. In addition to serving as a professor in and chair of the Department of Chemistry, he is also Director of the Energy Sciences Institute on Yale's West Campus, is a professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry and is affiliated with the Yale Center for Green Chemistry.

    Brudvig is the project leader of a team of Yale chemists and other scientists who, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy, are hoping to improve the efficiency of solar-energy utilization. Its aim is to attach manganese complexes to titanium dioxide nanoparticles in order to develop a system that will efficiently produce renewable fuel using solar energy.

    From 1983 to 1986, Brudvig was a Searle Scholar at Yale. The Searle Scholarship program supports outstanding work by junior faculty members at select academic institutions. He was the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar, a distinction given to “talented young faculty in the chemical sciences,” from 1985 to 1990. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow 1986-1988.

    Brudvig was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995.

  • Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

    Research Interests
    • Plants

    Prof. Dellaporta studied at the University of Rhode Island (1972-76), Iowa State University (1976-78) and at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1978-81). His postdoctoral studies in plant molecular genetics were conducted at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (1981-83). He has held positions of Staff Scientist at Cold Spring Harbor (1983-86), Assistant (1986-89), Associate (1990-96) and Full Professor (1996-present) in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. His research program has focused on the genomic and computational biology of agronomic traits in crops such as of maize, rice and other cereals, including contributions to the identification and utility of of genetic diversity. He has co-authored numerous publications in scientific journals such as Cell, Nature, Science, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sciences, and Genetics, among others, and has served on the scientific advisory panels at the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture. Dr. Dellaporta has served a member of the Board of Control of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

  • Eaton Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research Interests
    • Ecology
    • Biological Evolution
    • Genetics
    • Human Development
    • Molecular Biology
    • Developmental Biology
    • Arabidopsis

    Dr. Vivian Irish is the Daniel C. Eaton Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she characterized the role of the DPP/TGFbeta signaling pathway in specifying dorsal-ventral polarity in the Drosophila embryo. After postdoctoral work investigating anterior-posterior patterning in Drosophila, she turned her attention to exploring patterning processes in the Arabidopsis flower. For a number of years she has focused on characterizing the genes and pathways regulating organogenesis and growth in the flower. She has also explored the extent to which these pathways are conserved across different flowering plant species. Using molecular, genetic and modeling approaches, her current research is centered on understanding how cells and tissues are patterned, epigenetic control of developmental processes, and how stem cell activity is regulated in plants. Additionally, part of her work focuses on biotechnological applications to improve agriculture.

    Dr. Irish is currently the chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

  • Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

    Dr. Jacob is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at Université de Montréal specializing in Biochemistry. He moved to the U.S. to pursue a doctoral degree in Plant Genetics at Indiana University (Bloomington), where he worked on the molecular genetics of flowering time and the epigenetic regulation of genome stability in plants. Dr. Jacob was then a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/Howard Hughes Medical Institute in New York studying the roles of histone variants in the regulation of gene expression and genome stability. His current scientific interests are centered on understanding how epigenetic mechanisms affect genome stability, using plants as model systems, and also on developing new technologies to facilitate genome engineering in plants.

  • Provost and Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Professor of Chemistry; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

    Research Interests
    • Biochemistry
    • Biophysics
    • Chemistry
    • Ribosomes
    • Biofuels
    • Endophytes
    • Chemicals and Drugs
    • Technology, Industry, Agriculture

    Scott Strobel is the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry (MB&B) and University Provost.  Scott joined the Yale faculty in 1995 and served as department chair from 2006-09.  From 2011-2019 he has served as Vice President for West Campus Planning & Program Development where he has orchestrated the emergence of the West Campus as a research and educational center of the University.  In July 2014 he took on additional responsibility as the inaugural Deputy Provost for Teaching & Learning.  In this capacity, he oversaw the creation of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, housed within the York Street wing of Sterling Memorial Library. As a professor of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor he instituted a program to explore microbial and chemical diversity in the world’s rainforests as a means to inspire undergraduate students in the sciences.  He chaired the University Science Strategy Committee which was tasked with developing a ten-year strategic plan for the sciences and engineering at Yale.  In 2019 as Vice Provost for Science Initiatives, he was charged with implementing that plan.  He began as Provost in 2020.  He was awarded the Dylan Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences, the Graduate Mentoring Award in the Sciences and the Yale Science and Engineering Award for Meritorious Service.  His research group explores the chemical basis of RNA function and the role of the fluoride ion channel in cellular fluoride detoxification.