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Tennessee Plant Research Center


PRC – Plant Research Initiative (Center) 2013-2014

Table 1: Faculty performing plant research at UTK, UTIA and ORNL

UTK
Gladys Alexandre                galexan2@utk.edu              Plant-microbe interactions
Brad Binder                          bbinder@utk.edu                 Ethylene affects on plant growth and development
Barry Bruce                          bbruce@utk.edu                  Chloroplast biochemistry/biology
Andreas Nebenführ             nebenfuehr@utk.edu          Plant cell biology
Dan Roberts                         drobert2@utk.edu               Calcium signaling
Elena Shpak                         eshpak@utk.edu                 Plant growth and development
Albrecht von Arnim            vonarnim@utk.edu             Signaling and protein interactions
Joseph Bailey                       Joe.Bailey@utk.edu            Plant-animal interactions
Tessa Burch-Smith              tburchsm@utk.edu             Intercellular transport between plant cells.
James Fordyce                     jfordyce@utk.edu               Plant-insect interactions
Sergey Gavrilets                   gavrila@tiem.utk.edu         Theoretical evolutionary biology
Lou Gross                              gross@tiem.utk.edu            Mathematical biology
Karen Hughes                      khughes@utk.edu               Mycology
Nathan Sanders                   nsanders@utk.edu              Community ecology
Ed Schilling                           eschilling@utk.edu              Plant systematics
Elisabeth Schussler              eschuss@utk.edu                 Botanical education and UG science education
Jen Schweitzer                      Jen.Schweitzer@utk.edu    Plant-herbivore interactions
Dan Simberloff                    dsimberloff@utk.edu         Biodiversity
Randy Small                        rsmall@utk.edu                   Plant systematics
Joe Williams                         joewill@utk.edu                   Plant evolutionary biology

UTIA
Fred Allen                              allenf@utk.edu                    Variety testing/agronomy
Bob Auge                              auge@utk.edu                      Physiological ecology/drought
Feng Chen                             fengc@utk.edu                    Functional genomics/VOCs
Max Cheng                           zcheng@utk.edu                  Woody plant biotechnology
Dennis Deyton                     deytond@utk.edu                               Fruit crop physiology
Tarek Hewezi                       thewezi@utk.edu                 Plant Molecular biology
Dean Kopsell                        dkopsell@utk.edu               Vegetable physiology
Tom Mueller                         tmueller@utk.edu                Weed science
Vince Pantalone                  vpantalo@utk.edu              Soybean breeding
Carl Sams                             carlsams@utk.edu              Crop physiology
John Sorochan                     sorochan@utk.edu             Turfgrass biology
Larry Steckel                        lsteckel@utk.edu                 Weed science
Neal Stewart                         nealstewart@utk.edu          Environmental plant biotechnology
Dennis West                          dwest3@utk.edu                  Corn breeding
Kim Gwinn                            kgwinn@utk.edu                                 Natural products
Reza Hajimorad                  mrh@utk.edu                       Plant virology
Kurt Lamour                        klamour@utk.edu               Functional genomics of pathogens
Bonnie Ownley                    bownley@utk.edu               Plant pathology
Bob Trigiano                        rtrigian@utk.edu                  Biotechnology/plant pathology/
Mark Windham                   mwindham@utk.edu          Plant pathology of ornamentals
Joe Bozell                              jbozell@utk.edu                  Biomass chemistry
David Buckley                     dbuckley@utk.edu              Silviculture
Jennifer Franklin                  jafranklin@utk.edu            Tree physiology
David Harper                       dharper4@utk.edu              Wood chemistry/materials
Nicole Labbe                        nlabbe@utk.edu                  Biomass chemistry
Tim Rials                               trials@utk.edu                      Wood chemistry
Scott Schlarbaum                                tenntip@utk.edu                  Tree breeding
Mike Essington                    messington@utk.edu          Rhizosphere chemistry
Mark Radosovich                               mrad@utk.edu                     Soil biochemistry
John Wilkerson                    wilkerj@utk.edu                  Remote sensing
Al Womac                             awomac@utk.edu               Biomass harvest and processing
Phillip Ye                               xye2@utk.edu                     Biomass chemistry and engineering

Oak Ridge National Lab 
Virginia Dale                         dalevh@ornl.gov                 Landscape ecology
Paul Hanson                         hansonpj@ornl.gov            Plant ecophysiology
Udaya Kalluri                       kalluriudayc@ornl.gov       Genomics/carbon sequestration/ auxin
Madhavi Martin                  martinm1@ornl.gov           Plant molecular ecology
Rich Norby                           norbyrj@ornl.gov            Plant physiological ecology
Mac Post                               wmp@ornl.gov                Carbon sequestration
Tim Tschaplinski                 tschaplinstj@ornl.gov         Plant metabolomics
Jerry Tuskan                         tuskanga@ornl.gov             Poplar genomics/tree biology
Stan Wullshleger                  wullschlegsd@ornl.gov       Physiological genetics

 

Table 2: Speakers at the monthly PRC colloquia 

Fall 2015 Speaker School/Department Title
9/24/2015 Ali Taheri Tennessee State University Hunting for new trichome genes in Arabidopsis and developing “hairy canola” for resistance to insect pests
10/29/2015 Wusheng Liu UT/ Plant Sciences Synthetic promoters and transcription factors for the regulation of transgene expression in plants
  Ed Schilling UT/ EEB Good things come in threes, Trillium systematics and evolution
11/19/2015 Hove, Alisa Warren Wilson College  
Spring 2015 Speaker School/Department Title
1/15/2015 Patricia Zambryski Univ. of California - Berkeley CANCELLED
2/26/2015 Barry Bruce UT/ BCMB CANCELLED
  Dean Kopsell UT/ Plant Sciences CANCELLED
3/26/2015 Philip Benfey Duke University Development rooted in regulatory networks
4/30/2015 Albrecht von Arnim UT/BCMB Night and Day: Excursions into Translational Regulation in Arabidopsis
  Joe Bozell UT/CRC & FWF Biorefining in an era of cheap oil. Approaches to high value chemical products from carbohydrates and lignin
Fall 2014 Speaker School/Department Title
8/28/2014 Sarah Lebeis UT/ Microbiology Control of root microbiome composition by microbial recognition and phytohormone signaling
  Feng Chen UT/ Plant Sciences VOCs from plants and microbial organisms: function and evolution
9/25/2014 Dean DellaPenna Michigan State University Integrating biochemical genomics and quantitative genetics to balance the nutritional content of plants
10/30/2014 Elena Shpak UT/ BCMB The function of the ERECTA signaling pathway in the epidermis and in the shoot apical meristem
  Meg Staton UT/ EPP Developing genomic resources for green ash through deep transcriptome sequencing and low-coverage whole genome sequencing
11/20/2014 Zack Murrell Appalachain State Univ. Pending
Spring 2014 Speaker School/Department Title
1/30/2014 Dan Roberts UT/ BCMB Breaking the Hourglass: The Specialized Functions of Aquaporin-like proteins in Higher Plants
  Kim Gwinn UT/ EPP Plant Biopesticides
2/27/2014 Eric Lam Rutgers Creating a New Sustainable Agriculture Platform for the 21st Century - Duckweed Biomass Production from Wastewater.”
3/27/2014 Bill Brown UTIA Employment outlook for Plant Sciences
  Thomas Baum Iowa State Univ.  Unexpected finding when mining for novel cyst nematode effectors
4/24/2014 Ted Klein Dupont Pioneer High-throughput gene transfer meets precision genome modification. 
Fall 2013 Speaker School/Department Title
8/29/2013 Gladys Alexander UT/ BCMB Chemosensory behaviors and adaptive strategies of Azospirillum brasilense in the soil and rhizosphere
  Neal Stewart UT/ Plant Sciences Synthetic promoters and transcription factors for tuning transgene expression
9/26/2013 Joe Williams UT/ EEB How efficient are pollen tubes at getting sperm to the egg? Comparative biology of pollen performance
  Scott Senseman UT/ Plant Sciences Plant-soil interactions, weed control, and rice tolerance as affected by saflufenacil
10/31/2013 Joseph Kieber UNC-Chapel Hill Trick or Treat: what mutants tell us about cytokinin function in plants
11/21/2013 Joshua Yuan Texas A&M Omics analysis of plant insect interaction for biotech applications
Spring 2013 Speaker School/Department Title
1/31/2013 Tarek Hewezi UT/ Plant Sciences Cyst neamtode effectors and host targets: a fight underground
  Jennifer Franklin UT/ FWF Competitive interactinos between trees and herbaceous plants
2/28/2013 Brandon Matheny UT/ EEB Discovery and the fungal tree of life
  Barry Bruce UT/ BCMB Direct Solar to Fuel Production using Novel Cyanobacteria
3/21/2013 Harry Klee Univ. of Florida The underlying genetics and biochemistry of consumer preferences for tomatoes
4/25/2013 Dominique Bergmann Stanford University Interplay of signaling and transcriptional networks during stomatal development
Fall 2012 Speaker School/Department Title
8/30/2012 Jennifer Schweitzer UT/ EEB Plant-soil feedback and evolutionary interactions: plant-soil linkages as agents of selection
  Vince Pantalone UT/ Plant Sciences Improving the miracle crop through plant breeding
9/27/2012 Tessa Burch-Smith UT/ BCMB Intracellular regulation of intercellular communication
  Bonnie Owenly UT/ EPP Soilborne and seedborne fungal plant pathogens of switchgrass
10/25/2012 Michael Udvardi Noble Foundation Functional genomics of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes
11/15/2012 Lacey Samuels Univ. of British Columbia Diverse mechanisms for export of plant cell wall polysaccharides and monolignols
Spring 2012 Speaker School/Department Title
1/26/2012 Tim Tschaplinski ORNL Down-regulation of the Caffeic acid O-methyltransferase Gene in Switchgrass Reveals a Novel Monolignol Analog
  Mingjun Zhang UT/ MABE Inspiration from Plants for Engineering Design Innovation
2/23/2012 Randy Small UT/ EEB Plant protection and biofuels: a view from the bug side
  Barry Bruce UT/ BCMB Intercollegiate graduate education in plant biology: the past, present, and future
3/29/2012 Kevin Folta Univ. of Florida Functionalizing the Strawberry genome: a Gateway to Rosaceous specialty crops
4/26/2012 M Clegg Univ. of California -Irvine Avocado: History and Future Prospects
Fall 2011
8/25/2011 Jay Chen ORNL Discovery and molecular characterization of regulators of biomass recalcitrance in Populus
  David Harper UT/CRC Lignin as a Feedstock for Materials
9/29/2011 Albrecht Vonarnim UT/ BCMB Translation translated. Does it make for translational research?
  Hem Bhandari UT/ Plant Sciences Switchgrass Cultivar Development for Feedstock Use: Challenges and Opportunities
10/27/2011 Brian Traw Univ. of Pittsburgh Genome-wide association mapping of plant resistance to a virulent bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae
11/17/2011 Simon Gilroy Univ. of Wisconsin  
Spring 2011
1/27/2011 Andreas Nebenfuhr UT/BCMB The Power of Movement in Plant Cells
2/24/2011 Alex Krichevsky Stony Brook Univ. Autoluminescent Plants: Enhancing the Quality of Human Life. 
3/31/2011 Ron Qu North Carolina St. Univ. High-throughput Agrobacterium transformation of switchgrass and studies on the rice rubi3 promoter 
4/21/2011 Mark Johnston Dalhousie Univeristy More Mutations in Males, Even in Plants
Fall 2010
9/30/2010 Sheila McCormick Univ. of California -Berkeley Signaling during pollen tube growth
10/28/2010 Chris Haufler Univ. of Kansas Speciation in Ferns: Solving Mysteries of Reticulation and Divergence
11/18/2010 Jason Burris & Yanhui Peng UT/ Plant Sciences Transcriptome Sequencing One Thousand Plants:
Opportunities and Timelines
  Brad Binder UT/ Plant Sciences Ethylene Receptors in Plants and Beyond
Spring 2010
1/28/2010 Kurt Lamour UT/ EPP  
  Joe Williams UT/ EEB  
2/25/2010 Elena Shpak UT/ BCMB  
  Feng Chen UT/ Plant Sciences  
3/25/2010 Albert Kausch Univ. of Rhode Island  
4/29/2010 Laura Galloway University of Virginia  

 

Table 3: PRC Travel fellowship grant winners

Name Location Meeting Date Advisors Members
Spring 2014        
Joshua Birkebak Raleigh, NC Evolution 2014 June 20-24, 2014 Brandon Matheny
Emma Harrower East Lansing, MI Mycological Society of America Annual mtg June 8-12, 2014 Brandon Matheny
Kristen Holbrook Portland, OR ASPB 2014 July 12-16, 2014 Barry Bruce
Randy Lacey Portland, OR ASPB 2014 July 12-16, 2014 Brad Binder
Ansul Lokdarshi Portland, OR ASPB 2014 July 12-16, 2014 Dan Roberts
Brian Looney Raleigh, NC Evolution 2014 June 20-24, 2014 Brandon Matheny
Tyra McCray Lucca, Italy Gordon Research Conference: Mitochondira & Chloroplast July 6-11, 2014 Tessa Burch-Smith
Jennifer Ryan Andover, NH Gordon Research Conference: Plant & Microbial Cytoskeleton Aug. 10-15, 2014 Andreas Nebenfuhr
Piya Sarbotham  Portland, OR ASPB 2014 July 12-16, 2014 Tarek Hewezi
Richard Simmerman Nashville, TN Biomolecular Structure, Dynamics, and Functin: Membrane Proteins May 2-4, 2014 Barry Bruce
Name Location Meeting Date Advisors Members
Fall 2013        
Meng Li Groningen, Netherlands Electron microscopy taining and data processing October 01-13, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Summer 2013        
Amber Bassett Marshall, IN 38th Annual midwest/ southeast Photosynthesis Meeting November 9-11, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Jeffrey Boehm Tampa, FL ASA/CSSA/SSSA international annual meetings November 3-6, 2013 Yes, Vince Pantalone
Kristen Holbrook Marshall, IN 38th Annula midwest/ southeast Photosynthesis Meeting November 9-11, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Jennifer Ryan Madison, WI Midwest Plant Cell Dynamics June 5-7, 2013 Yes, Andreas Nebenfuhr
Chris Smallwood Tampa, FL ASA/CSSA/SSSA internation annual mtgs November 3-6, 2013 Yes, Vince Pantalone
Marisol Sanchez-Garcia Harriet, AR North american mycological association annual foray October 24-27, 2013 Yes, Brandon Matheny
Spring 2013        
Amber Bassett Providence, RI ASPB national confernece July 20-24, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Christine Braaten Beltsville, MA Mid-Atlantic states mycology conference April 26-28, 2013 Yes, Brandon Matheny
Grace Collins Providence, RI SIVB (Society for In Vitro biology) June 15-19, 2013 Yes, Neal Stewart
Joshua Grant Providence, RI SIVB (Society for In Vitro biology) June 15-19, 2013 Yes, Neal Stewart
Kristen Higginbotham Chicago, IL Institute of Food technologists annual meeting July 13-16, 2013 Yes, Neal Stewart
Kristen Holbrook Providence, RI ASPB national confernece July 20-24, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Randy Lacey St. Louis, MO Workshop on cyanobacteria at the university of Washington August 7-11, 2013 Yes Brad Binder
Meng Li St. Louis, MO International congress on photosynthesis research August 11-16, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Ansul Lokdarshi Columbia, MO Annual interdisciplinary Plant group symposium May 29-31, 2013 Yes, Dan Roberts
Pintu Masalkar Columbia, MO Annual interdisciplinary Plant group symposium May 29-31, 2013 Yes, Dan Roberts
Kathryn Massana New Orleans, LA Bontany 2013 July 27-31, 2013 Yes, Ed Schilling
Deepika Nambiar St. Louis, MO International congress on photosynthesis research August 11-16, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Jonathan Willis Providence, RI SIVB (Society for In Vitro biology) June 15-19, 2013 Yes, Neal Stewart
Rebecca Wilson Providence, RI ASPB national confernece July 20-24, 2013 Yes, Brad Binder
Tuo Zhu St. Louis, MO International congress on photosynthesis research August 11-16, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Fall 2012        
Amber Bassett Pacific Grove, CA Western Photosynthesis Conference January 3-6, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Andrew Brandon Pacific Grove, CA Western Photosynthesis Conference January 3-6, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Jordan Bryner Pacific Grove, CA Western Photosynthesis Conference January 3-6, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Mark Bundy Little Rock, AK Southern Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists April 6-8, 2013 Yes, Elena Shpak
Kristen Holbrook Pacific Grove, CA Western Photosynthesis Conference January 3-6, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Meng Li Pacific Grove, CA Western Photosynthesis Conference January 3-6, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Tian Li Philadelphia, PA Biophysical Society 57th Annual Meeting February 2-6, 2012 Yes, Dan Roberts
Deepika Nambiar Pacific Grove, CA Western Photosynthesis Conference January 3-6, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Jonathan Willis Knoxville, TN Entomological Society of America November 11-14, 2012 Yes, Neal Stewart
Tuo Zhu Pacific Grove, CA Western Photosynthesis Conference January 3-6, 2013 Yes, Barry Bruce
Summer 2012        
Jonathan Willis Austin, TX American Society of Plant Biologists July 20-24, 2012 Yes, Neal Stewart
Jason Burris Austin, TX American Society of Plant Biologists July 20-24, 2012 Yes, Neal Stewart
Spring 2012        
Prakitchai Chotewutmontri Myrtle Beack, SC 2012 Meeting of the Southern Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists Mar 3-5, 2012 Yes, Barry Bruce
Mat Halter Bellvue, WA 2012 World Congress on In Vitro Biology June 3-7, 2012 Yes, Neal Stewart
Kristen Higginbotham Las Vegas, NV Institute of Food Technologists 2012 Annual Meeting June 25-28, 2012 Yes, Neal Stewart
Kristen Holbrook Austin, TX ASPB National Conference July 20-24, 2012 Yes, Barry Bruce
Randy Lacey Austin, TX ASPB National Conference July 20-24, 2012 Yes, Brad Binder
Stephanie Madison Austin, TX ASPB National Conference July 20-24, 2012 Yes, Andreas Nebenfuhr
Charleson Poovaiah Bellvue, WA 2012 World Congress on In Vitro Biology June 3-7, 2012 Yes, Neal Stewart
Fall 2011 TPRCTF        
Melissa Bigler Pacific Grove, CA 21st Western Photosynthesis Conference Jan 5-8, 2012 Yes, Barry Bruce
Michelle Brown Pacific Grove, CA 21st Western Photosynthesis Conference Jan 5-8, 2012 Yes, Barry Bruce
Blake Joyce San Diego, CA Plant & Animal Genome XX Jan 14-18, 2012 Yes, Neal Stewart
Kyle Sander Pacific Grove, CA 21st Western Photosynthesis Conference Jan 5-8, 2012 Yes, Barry Bruce
Richard Simmerman Pacific Grove, CA 21st Western Photosynthesis Conference Jan 5-8, 2012 Yes, Barry Bruce
Tuo Zhu Pacific Grove, CA 21st Western Photosynthesis Conference Jan 5-8, 2012 Yes, Barry Bruce
Spring 2011 TPRCTF        
Non Chotewutmontri Pacific Grove, CA 20th Western Photosynthesis Conference January 6-9, 2011 Yes, Barry Bruce
Lauren Creasor Pacific Grove, CA 20th Western Photosynthesis Conference January 6-9, 2011 Yes, Barry Bruce
Warren Edmunds Denver, CO. 242nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, 2011 Yes, Nicole Labbe
Blake Joyce Vienna, Italy Vienna International Plant Conferences Association; Two Sections: Plant Transformation Technologies & Plant Gene Discovery Technologies February 19 - 22, 2011 Yes, Neal Stewart
Keonhee Kim Denver, CO. 242nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, 2011 Yes, Nicole Labbe
Hong Moon Vienna, Italy Vienna International Plant Conferences Association; Two Sections: Plant Transformation Technologies & Plant Gene Discovery Technologies February 19 - 22, 2011 Yes, Neal Stewart
Khoa Nguyen Pacific Grove, CA 20th Western Photosynthesis Conference January 6-9, 2011 Yes, Barry Bruce
Caitlin Paquet Pacific Grove, CA 20th Western Photosynthesis Conference January 6-9, 2011 Yes, Barry Bruce
Richard Simmerman Pacific Grove, CA 20th Western Photosynthesis Conference January 6-9, 2011 Yes, Barry Bruce
Mackenzie Taylor Melbourne, Australia International Botanical Congress July 23‐30, 2011 Yes, Joe Williams
Spring 2010 TPRCTF        
Nicholas Buckley Providence, RI Botanical Society of America July 31 - Aug. 4, 2010 Yes, Joe Williams
Non Chotewutmontri Pacific Grove, CA 19th Western Photosynthesis Conference January 7-10, 2010 Barry Bruce
Ashita Dave Montreal, Canada Plant Biology 2010 July 31 - Aug. 4, 2010 Barry Bruce
Jetana Kittisenne Boston, MA HPLC 2010 June 19-24, 2010 David Harper
Stephanie Madison Andover, NH Gordon Research Conference on Plant & Microbial Cytoskeleton August 8-13, 2010 Andreas Nebenfuhr
Richard Simmerman Montreal, Canada Plant Biology 2010 July 31 - Aug. 4, 2010 Barry Bruce
Mackenzie Taylor Providence, RI Botanical Society of America July 31 - Aug. 4, 2010 Joe Williams
Rebecca Wilson Tahoe City, CA Receptors and Signaling in Plant Development and Biotic Interactions March 14-19, 2010 Yes, Elena Shpak

 

Table 4: Current PRC Members

Hem Bhandari             Department of Plant Sciences
Brad Binder                Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology
Tessa Burch-Smith      Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology
Barry Bruce                 Department of BCMB & Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Feng Chen                   Department of Plant Sciences
Jennifer Franklin         Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
David Harper              Forest Products Center   
Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes          Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Charlie Kwit               Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
Niki Labbe                  Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries
Kurt Lamour               Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Madhavi Martin          Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Brandon Matheny       Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Andreas Nebenführ    Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology
Vince Pantalone          Department of Plant Sciences
Dan Roberts                Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology
Elena Shpak                Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology
Neal Stewart               Department of Plant Sciences
Elisabeth Schussler     Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Jen Schweitzer            Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Albrecht von Arnim    Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology
Joe Williams               Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Table 5: Comments from Graduate and Undergraduate students

“During this foray (North American Mycological Association Annual foray (Shepherd of Ozarks, AR, Oct 24-27) I presented a 45 min talk about my research at the University of Tennessee. This was an excellent experience because this foray brings together citizen scientists as well as professional mycologists, and it was a good opportunity to show the broader impacts my research can have.
Giving a talk in this type of foray/meeting was also a very different experience from giving a talk at scientific meetings, in this case most of the attendants were mycological amateurs who are more interested in knowing the use and benefits that my research can offer or in practical results like the development of a taxonomic key that they could use to identify fungi in the field.
The way this meeting benefited my career was allowing me to interact with mycological amateurs from different parts of the US who are actively collecting many of the fungi that I am studying and who are willing to share these collections with me, this will allow me to have access to specimens from places that I am not able to go due to lack of time and funding. In addition, a potential collaboration with a professor from the University of Central Oklahoma has arisen during this meeting.”

  • Marisol Sanchez-Garcia (EEB)  

“The Plant Research Center travel award benefited me greatly. The award allowed me to attend the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting in Chicago earlier this year. Attending this meeting was very helpful. I was able to present my research to others and was able to make some contacts in the food industry.  I also met an individual from the food industry interested in my Hibiscus extract and was able to collaborate with him by sending him some of my extract for use in a soda beverage system. Without this award I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford to go to the conference so I’m very grateful it was made available to me.”

  • Kristen Higginbotham (FST)

“I am very grateful to have been provided funding from the PRC colloquium to attend and speak at the 2013 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International meeting in Tampa, FL.  This is always an exceptional meeting with many prominent representatives in my field of study (plant breeding); including top level researchers, industry leaders, and graduate students.
At this year’s meeting I was able to present a portion of my PhD research.  The talk was well received and generated many good questions which have sparked ideas for future research.  Since the meeting I have begun a dialogue with one of the attendees of my talk, Dr. Jason Gillman.  He is a USDA-ARS Research Geneticist who has expertise in soybean fatty acids, which is a primary focus of my PhD research. Given his expertise, he has agreed to serve as an additional member of my PhD committee.  Undoubtedly he will prove to be an extraordinary resource in helping me accomplish research goals over the next several years. 
Attending the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International meeting is an excellent opportunity for networking and learning about recent, relevant research.  Thanks again to the PRC colloquium for contributing to my expenses and allowing me to attend this outstanding meeting.”

  • Chris Smallwood (Plant Sciences)

“2013, I have been supported by PRC to travel for several conferences and abroad research cooperation. In early January, I attended the 22nd Western Photosynthesis Conference where I gave my first oral presentation to the professional audience from the same science area. I got some feedbacks on my work and some good advice. In August, PRC supported my trip to St. Louis to attend the 16th International Congress on Photosynthesis. In that meeting I got the widest and newest information of cutting edge photosynthesis research around the world. Also, I learned the progress of our competitors who are in the same area with similar discoveries. Moreover, the cooperation between our lab and Dr. Boekema’s lab in University of Gronigen was set up during that time. Later on in October, my trip to the Netherlands for the research cooperation was supported by PRC. During that trip, we got some essential TEM images (single particle analysis) for our publication. Without PRC support, my travels for meetings and research would not be as smooth as it was. I am very grateful for the support from PRC, which promotes my professional career.”

  • Meng Li (BCMB & CIRE)

“I attended the Plant Biology Meeting 2013 (American Society of Plant Biology) in July 2013.In addition to the research talks, I was able to attend a career and networking workshop along with some additional career discussions groups. I was also able to meet with two different people to have my CV reviewed. Although no new collaborations came out of this meeting, I was able to meet two faculty members from other university's that Dr. Binder already has ongoing collaborations with.”

  • Rebecca Wilson (BCMB)

“I have been able to travel to California and Rhode Island to present my undergraduate research thanks to PRC, and this has allowed me to meet other students and professors across the country and helped me make plans for graduate school. I was also able to obtain a letter of recommendation from a professor in California thanks to networking at a conference that PRC allowed me to attend by providing much needed funds. PRC has made invaluable contributions to my undergraduate experience and my early science career, undoubtedly making me a better and more competitive candidate for graduate school.”

  • Amber Bassett (BCMB)

“I got multiple travel fellowships from PRC.
One of which resulted in winning "The Beverley Green Award" for best presentation by graduate student at the 20th Western Photosynthesis Conference in 2011.
These fellowships allowed me to present my research which has been published in The Plant Cell which is the highest impact factor of primary research journals in plant biology. 
Differential transit peptide recognition during preprotein binding and translocation into flowering plant plastids”.

  • Non Chotewutmontri (BCMB)

“The best example that I can give comes from the talk that Simon Gilroy gave. I found his work to be interesting, but also helpful in my grant writing coursework. I adapted some of his methods in the proposal that I wrote. Later, when we attended the 30th annual Interdisciplinary Plant Group conference I had the opportunity to speak with one of his students. After talking to the student about his work I discussed the proposal that I had written, because it was so similar to their own work. As it happened, this student knew all about the paper the proposal was based on and said they had acquired the plant lines from that paper and but had yet to work with them. I would say that this PRC talk enriched my understanding and enabled a good networking opportunity for me.”

  • Craig Conner (BCMB)

“The efforts of Tennessee Plant Research Center have been outstanding in attracting researchers from diverse areas of plant biology. Attending these colloquia has certainly helped me to visit frontiers in plant research and continue to do so. One of the greatest advantages of these monthly seminars is networking with people across the campus and the visiting speakers. These interactions have been fruitful for my own research and job prospects in the area plant biology. Additionally, PRC has been actively involved in supporting students to attend regional and international meetings. I was awarded $500 fellowship to attend the annual interdisciplinary plant group symposium in Columbia, MO, 2013.”

  • Ansul Lokdarshi (BCMB)

“PRC provides an opportunity to better understand the research of the people in different departments by providing a platform where people are brought together.  It helps to improve contacts among the people on campus.  Students are involved in inviting the speakers to PRC which is really beneficial for students.  Also talks from invited speakers are introduce you to new developments in that particular topic. 
I got $500 travel fellowship from PRC for IPG (Interdisciplinary plant group) symposium on root biology 2013 held at Columbia MO from May 29-31 2013.”

  • Pintu Masalkar (BCMB)

Table 6: Submitted and funded proposals

PI (co-PI) Department Agency Amount Status
Bruce, Barry (co-PI) BMCB NSF 2,000,000 unfunded
Bruce, Barry  BMCB BIMR 20,000 Funded
Bruce, Barry (co-PI) BMCB UTK-SARIF 40,000 Funded
Bruce, Barry BMCB UTK-SARIF 60,000 Funded
Bruce, Barry (co-PI) BMCB NSF 2,000,000 unfunded
Bruce, Barry (co-PI) BMCB NSF 480,000 pending
Bruce, Barry  BMCB DoD 97,000 pending
Bruce, Barry (co-PI) BMCB DoD 1,500,000 pending
Bruce, Barry BMCB NSF preposal sumbitted
Binder, Brad BCMB NSF 300,000 funded
Binder, Brad BCMB NSF 775,847 Pending
Binder, Brad (co-PI) BCMB NSF 1,083,170 Pending
Chen, Feng (co-PI) Plant Sciences EFRC-DOE   Pending
Chen, Feng (co-PI) Plant Sciences DOE   Pending
Chen, Feng Plant Sciences NSF   Pending
Chen, Feng Plant Sciences TSPB $31,280 Funded
Chen, Feng (co-PI) Plant Sciences TSPB 41,634 Funded
Chen, Feng Plant Sciences UTRF 15,000 Funded
Chen, Feng (co-PI) Plant Sciences CWH 5,000 Funded
Chen, Feng Plant Sciences AFRI   Unfunded
Chen, Feng Plant Sciences NSF   Unfunded
Chen, Feng Plant Sciences UT-Battelle 58,493 Funded
Chen, Feng (co-PI) Plant Sciences TSPB 29,178 Funded
Chen, Feng Plant Sciences AFRI   Unfunded
Chen, Feng Plant Sciences NSF   Unfunded
Chen, Feng (co-PI) Plant Sciences NSF   Unfunded
Chen, Feng (co-PI) Plant Sciences NSF   Unfunded
Tyner, John  BESS AFRI   unfunded
Hadziabdic, Denita EPP NSF   unfunded
Franklin, Jennifer FWF UTIA - Innovation grant   unfunded
Franklin, Jennifer FWF National Fish and Wildlife foundation 12500 Funded
Hathaway, Jon (co-PI) & Franklin, Jennifer (Co-PI) CEE & FWF USDA $125,000 pending
Harper, David CRC AFRI 496,921 Funded
Harper, David CRC TBI 400,000 Funded
Harper, David CRC TennEra 82,000 Funded
Harper, David CRC TennEra 190,826 Funded
Harper, David CRC TennEra 316,111 Funded
Harper, David CRC NSF 500,000 Pending
Harper, David CRC DURIP 305,207 Pending
Harper, David CRC UT-Battelle 150,000 Funded
Kwit, Charles (co-PI)   NSF   Unfunded
Kwit, Charles (co-PI) FWF Joint Fire Science Program $241,530 Funded
Kwit, Charles (co-PI) FWF National Fish and Wildlife foundation   Unfunded
Kwit, Charles FWF BRIDGE $1,500 Funded
Kwit, Charles & Schussler, Elisabeth (co-PI) FWF & EEB UTIA CASNR - Award 15,000 Funded
Nebenführ BCMB NSF-MCB $750,000 pending
Nebenführ (coPI) BCMB NSF-Math $320,000 pending
Ownley, Bonnie EPP UTRF $14,625 funded
Labbe, Nicole CRC SunGrant $135,000 funded
Labbe, Nicole CRC AFRI $489,954 funded
Lamour, Kurt EPP NIFA 75,000 Funded
Lamour, Kurt EPP   240,000 Funded
Lamour, Kurt EPP Ag Innovation grant 40,000 Funded
Roberts, Dan BCMB NSF $698,489 funded
Roberts, Dan (co-PI) BCMB NSF $170,294 funded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences US DOE $2,106,268.00 Pending
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences TSPB $47,661.00 Funded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences TSPB $10,000.00 Funded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences NSF-Edenspace $113,721.00 unfunded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences NSF-Edenspace $74,396.00 unfunded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences UTRF $15,000.00 Funded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences United Soybean Board $124,999.00 unfunded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences NSF $573,178.00 unfunded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences USDA-BRA $500,000.00 Funded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences USDA-AFRI $149,995.00 unfunded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences USDA-NIFA $196,684.00 unfunded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences USDA-AFRI $422,138.00 unfunded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences USDA-AFRI $442,824.00 unfunded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences USDA-AFRI $472,157.00 unfunded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences Wright State/NSF 30,000 Funded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences US DOE $441,747.00 Funded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences sungenta $187,460.00 Funded
Stewart, Neal Plant Sciences Monsanto $200,000.00 Funded
Schussler, Elisabeth EEB NSF 181,951 Funded
Schussler, Elisabeth EEB NSF 49,940 Funded
Schussler, Elisabeth (co-PI) EEB Howard Hughes Medical Institute 2,500,000 Pending
Vonarnim, Albrecht BCMB DOE 374,394 Pending
Vonarnim, Albrecht (co-PI) BCMB NSF 891,312 Pending
Vonarnim, Albrecht BCMB NIH 420,190 unfunded
Vonarnim, Albrecht BCMB NSF 629,000 unfunded
Vonarnim, Albrecht (co-PI) BCMB NSF 2,441,000 unfunded
Vonarnim, Albrecht (co-PI) BCMB US-ISRAEL BARD 110,000 unfunded
Vonarnim, Albrecht (co-PI) BCMB NSF 3,296,273 unfunded
Williams, Joseph EEB NSF 421,956 Funded
Williams, Joseph (co-PI) EEB TPRC - Exporatory grant $5,000 Funded
Williams, Nebenführ (coPI) EEB, BCMB NSF-IOS pre-proposal pending
31,735,803 Total
$6,429,770 Funded
11,683,198 pending

Table 7: PRC Exploratory Grant Awards and Outcomes

Year Amount Project PI Title Resulting papers Resulting proposals Amount Result
2013 5,000 Andreas Nebenfuhr, & Joe Williams Myosins and the evolution of pollen tube growth N/A Pre-proposal pending Pending
2012 5,000 Nicole Labbé, Neal Stewart, Abhijit Tarafder, & Georges Guiochon Fractionation of Transgenic Switchgrass for biofuels & bioproducts production An illustration of divergent retention mechanisms: Multidimensional liquid and supercritical liquid chromatography of switchgrass extractives Development of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) transformable cell suspension culture and a screening system for rapid assessment of cell wall genes for improved biomass for biofuels 441,747 Awarded
          Development of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) transformable cell suspension culture and a screening system for rapid assessment of cell wall genes for improved biomass for biofuels 1,800,000 Pending
2011 5,000 Barry Bruce, & Nicole Labbe Identification and quantification of extracellular sugars by Pleurocapsalean Cyanobacterium N/A N 0