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Nicole Hanley Markelz

2002 - 2003 CEIRP Fellow

Research Interest:
Light-signaling pathways in plants

Plants are able to perceive and distinguish between various colors of light in the visible spectrum and are able to respond to variations in light intensity and color ratios. This makes them exquisitely capable of determining their proximity to neighboring plants, the time of day, as well as numerous other environmental conditions. While the responses to light are well characterized, the molecular bases are not. Therefore, my current research focuses on dissecting the molecular basis for light signaling in plants, particularly in terms of red and far-red light sensing. While this is my current project, in general I am very interested in plant biology on all levels. I have been the teaching assistant for an upper level plant cell biology course, as well as a non-majors biology class taught by Plant Biology faculty, dealing with aspects of global warming, genetic engineering, and biodiversity.

With a strong background in plants, I would feel comfortable teaching any aspect of plant biology including plant and seed physiology, plant life cycles, water and carbon cycling, and environment sensing. I also have a very good background in genetics as well as general cell and molecular biology. Additionally, I have a great interest in teaching the mechanics of genetic engineering in terms of the physical manipulation of DNA, but also the ramifications of genetically modified organisms in our society.

 

 

 

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