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 Rebecca  Dickstein
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Rebecca Dickstein
Professor-Biology
 
Contact address   University of North Texas/ Department of Biology, 1155 Union Circle # 305220, Denton, Texas 76203     Office LocationLife Sciences Complex, Room No.: B320 
Email  beccad@unt.edu    Contact Number 9405653359    Fax No: 9405653821   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership -Permanent   
toggle toggle Professional Preparation
 DegreeMajor/Thesis/DissertationInstitutionYear
 Postdoctoral FellowDepartment of Molecular BiologyMassachusetts General Hospital and Department of Genetics, Harvard University1985-1989
 Doctor of PhilosophyDepartment of BiochemistryThe Johns Hopkins University1985
 Bachelor of ScienceDepartment of BiochemistryThe Pennsylvania State University 
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Fall 2013BIOC4540001Biochemistry I Download Syllabus
Fall 2011BIOC4540001Biochemistry I Download Syllabus
Fall 2011BIOC5540001Biochemistry I  
Fall 2010BIOC4540001Biochemistry I Download Syllabus
Fall 2010BIOC5540001Biochemistry I Download Syllabus
Spring 2010BIOC5680001Selected Topics in Biochemistry8 
Spring 2010BIOC6640001Biochemical Regulation and Signal Transduction27 
Fall 2009BIOC4540001Biochemistry I225 
Fall 2009BIOC5540001Biochemistry I42 
toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2007-presentProfessorDepartment of Biological Sciences, Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University of North Texas
2009Visiting ScientistPlant Biology Samuel R. Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK
2000-2007Associate ProfessorDepartment of Biological Sciences University of North Texas
1998-2000Affiliated Associate ProfessorSchool of Biomedical Engineering and Science Drexel University
1996-2000Associate ProfessorDepartment of Bioscience and Biotechnology Drexel University
1998-1999Visiting ScientistDepartment of Biology Texas A & M University
1996-1998Assistant Department HeadDepartment of Bioscience and Biotechnology Drexel University
1990-1996Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Bioscience and Biotechnology Drexel University
1990-1996Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Bioscience and Biotechnology Drexel University
1989-1990Visiting Scientist Poznan, POLAND (Jan. - Feb.); Research Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratories, NM (Sept.- Dec)Poznan, POLAND (Jan. - Feb.); Research Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratories, NM (Sept.- Dec)
1985-1989Postdoctoral FellowDepartment of Molecular Biology Massachusetts General Hospital and Department of Genetics, Harvard University
1979-1985Doctoral StudentDepartment of Biochemistry The John Hopkins University
1976-1979Research Biochemist  Worthington Diagnostics, Inc., Freehold, NJ
1990NSF-NATO Fellow Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions LaboratoryCNRS-INRA, FRANCE
toggle toggle Faculty Workload
Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
2013-2014306010
2012-2013306010
2011-2012305020
2010-2011306010
2009-2010306010
toggle toggle Publications
  Type  Publications per page   1  2 3 4 5 6 7 
  YearPublication  Type
2010
Published
 Control of root architecture and nodulation by the LATD/NIP transporter.
J. M. Harris and R. Dickstein.
Plant Signaling and Behavior 5, 1386-1390
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
2010
Published
A putative transporter is essential for integrating nutrient and hormone signaling with lateral root growth and nodule development in Medicago truncatula.
C. R. Yendrek, ,Y.-C. Lee, V. Morris, Y. Liang, C. I. Pislariu, G. Burkhart, M. H. Meckfessel, M. Salehin, H. Kessler, H. Wessler, M. Lloyd, H. Lutton, A. Teillet, D.J. Sherrier, E.-P. Journet, J. M. Harris and R. Dickstein.
Plant Journal 62: 100-112
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
2008
Published
Transcription of ENOD8 in Medicago truncatula nodules directs ENOD8 esterase to developing and mature symbiosomes
L, Coque, P. Neogi, C. Pislariu, K. A. Wilson, C. Catalano, M. Avadhani, D. J. Sherrier, and R. Dickstein
Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions 21: p. 404-410
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
2007
Published
The AGC Kinase MtIRE: A Link to Phospholipid Signaling During Nodulation? 
C. I. Pislariu and R. Dickstein
Plant Signaling & Behavior 2: 314-316
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
2007
Published
An IRE-like gene, MtIRE, has unique expression during maturation of infected cells in the invasion zone of developing root nodules in Medicago truncatula
C. I. Pislariu and R. Dickstein
Plant Physiology, 144: 682"694
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
toggle toggle Editorships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
 Plant Signaling and BehaviorEditorial Board Member 
toggle toggle Presentations and Projects
  Presentations/Projects per page   1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 
Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
 2010 Dickstein, R. 2010. 21st North American Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation Conference, Columbia, MO, Identification of the NIP/LATD gene as encoding a nitrate transporter. June 13-18, 2010 (Invited talk)
 2010 Dickstein, R. 2010. 5th International Conference on Legume Genomics and Genetics, July 2-7, Asilomar, CA 2010. Identification and functional analysis of NIP/LATD, encoding a member of the NRT1(PTR) family of nitrate and di- and tri-peptide transporters. (Talk)
 2009 Dickstein, R. 2009. Medicago mutants defective in rhizobial invasion during symbiotic nodulation: A link to nitrate transport? Oklahoma State University. March 13, 2009 (Invited talk)
 2009 Dickstein, R. 2009. Medicago mutants defective in rhizobial invasion during symbiotic nodulation: A link to nitrate transport? Southern Section Annual Meeting, American Society of Plant Biology, Austin, TX. March 1, 2009 (Invited talk)
 2009 Dickstein, R. 2009. Medicago mutants defective in rhizobial invasion during symbiotic nodulation: A link to nitrate transport? Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK. February 26, 2009 (Invited talk)
toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)TitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2009-2013Collaborative Research: Putative nitrate transporter regulates symbiotic nodule development.NSF$647,363Principal InvestigatorActive
2010-2011REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Supplement to NSF IOS-0923756NSF$6000Principal InvestigatorActive
2008-2009What targets proteins to the symbiosome?UNT Faculty Research Grant$5000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2005-2009“Collaborative Research: Plant mechanisms controlling rhizobial invasion during symbiotic nitrogen-fixing nodule development.”National Science Foundation Division of Integrative Organismal Biology$560,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2006-2007What targets symbiosome proteins to their destination, the symbiosome?UNT Faculty Research Grant$5000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2005-2007“Acquisition of a Multi-User Confocal Microscopy Workstation"UNT Research Excellence Grant$438,343Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2007Supplement for #IOB-0520728 for Richard “Bill” Casady, Summer 2006National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)$6,096Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2005-2006Towards map-based cloning of NIP and SLI, Medicago truncatula genes required for rhizobial invasion during development of symbiotic nitrogen-fixing root nodulesUNT Faculty Research Grant$5000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2006Supplement for #IOB-0520728 for Richard “Bill” Casady, Summer 2006National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)$6,096Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2004-2005Nodulation mutants of Medicago truncatulaUNT Faculty Research Grant$4,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2003-2004“Nitrogen fixation defective mutants of the model legume, Medicago truncatula”University of North Texas Faculty Research Grant$5000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2000-2004“Role of Enod8 in symbiotic nitrogen fixing root nodule development.”USDA NRICGP Nitrogen Fixation and Metabolism Panel$111,702Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2002-2003“Symbiotic nitrogen fixation deficient mutants of Medicago truncatula”University of North Texas Faculty Research Grant$5000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2001-2002“Invasion deficient mutants of Medicago truncatula”University of North Texas Faculty Research Grant$5000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2000-2001“Nodulation/invasion mutants of Medicago truncatula”University of North Texas Faculty Research Grant$5000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1999-2000"Role of Enod8 in Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixing Nodule Development.”USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program$25,298Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1996-1999"Regulation and Role of Enod8 in Nodulation"USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program$101,844Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1994-1996NSF Instructional Laboratory Instrumentation Program. "Biology Laboratory for Freshmen Engineering Students"Dr. R. Dickstein, P.I.; Dr. M. Gealt Co-PICompleted
1993-1996USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants ProgramUSDA National Research$90,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1992-1993Antelo Devereux Award. "Medicago Genes Involved in Nitrogen Fixing Root Nodule Development."Antelo Devereux$7,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1992-1993Teaching Learning Grant (Drexel University). "Establishment of a Bioscience Resource Center"Dr. P. Martin, P.I.; Dr. R. Dickstein, Co-P.I Co-PICompleted
1991-1993USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, Nitrogen Fixation/Metabolism Section. "Nodule Morphogenesis Genes of Medicago"USDA National Research$80,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1991-1992Drexel University Research Scholar Award. "Nodule-specific Genes Involved in Nodule Organogenesis."Drexel University$3,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1990-1991Biomedical Research Support Grant. "Nodule Organogenesis Genes of Medicago"Biomedical Research$3,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1990-1991Drexel University Faculty Development Minigrant. "Nodule-specific Genes Involved in Nodule Structure Development in Medicago"Drexel University$2,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1990NSF-NATO Fellowship "Genomic root nodule specific genes from M. truncatula."NSF-NATO -National Science Foundation$14,227Principal InvestigatorCompleted
toggle toggle Peer Reviewer Activities
YearAgency/OrganizationField of Expertise
1997USDA NRICGP Nitrogen Fixation/MetabolismReview Panel
1992USDA NRICGP Nitrogen Fixation/MetabolismReview Panel
 Lindberg Fellowship ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USAAd hoc Reviewing
 Plant PhysiologyAd hoc Reviewing
 Molecular Plant-Microbe InteractionsAd hoc Reviewing
 Molecular Genetics and GenomicsAd hoc Reviewing
 Plant Molecular BiologyAd hoc Reviewing
 Physiologia PlantarumAd hoc Reviewing
 Photochemistry and PhotobiologyAd hoc Reviewing
 PlantaAd hoc Reviewing
 NSF Plant Development ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 USDA NRICGP Nitrogen Fixation ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 NSF IOB Integrative Plant Biology ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 NSF Plant Genome ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 USDA NRICGP Plant-Biotic Interactions ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 USDA SBIR ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 USDA CGP U.S. Civilian Research & Development FoundationAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 DOE Energy Biosciences ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 NSF CAREER ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 Kentucky Science and Engineering FoundationAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 Texas Advanced Research ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
 NSF IOB Developmental Biology ProgramAd hoc Grant Reviewing
toggle toggle Teaching
Biochemical Regulation, Bioc6640
 

Drexel University / Molecular Biology Journal Club, P280
 

Drexel University / Seminar Series, Bioscience & Biotechnology, N283
 

Drexel University/ Biochemistry I (with lab), Bio301
 

Drexel University/ Biochemistry I Lab, Bio305
 

Drexel University/ Biochemistry I, Bio303
 

Drexel University/ Biochemistry II (with lab), Bio302
 

Drexel University/ E4 Biology for Engineers, MSFE II
 

Drexel University/ EBE (Enhanced Bioscience Education) IV: Introductory Molecular Cell Biology, Bio480 (with lab, 3 sections)
 

Drexel University/ EBE IV: Introductory Molecular Cell Biology (with lab, 2 sections), Bio106
 

Drexel University/ EBE IV: Introductory Molecular Cell Biology (with lab, 4 sections), Bio116
 

Drexel University/ Enhanced Educational Experience for Engineers (E4) Biology for Engineers (with lab), MSFE II
 

Drexel University/ Experimental Biochemsitry
 

Drexel University/ Graduate Biochemistry I Laboratory, Bio501
 

Drexel University/ Graduate Biochemistry I, Bio500
 

Drexel University/ Graduate Biochemistry II Laboratory, Bio611
 

Drexel University/ Graduate Biochemistry II, Bio610
 

Drexel University/ Graduate Biochemistry II/Nutritional Biochemistry, Bio610/NFSci501
 

Drexel University/ Introduction to University Life (for Engineering freshmen), Eng108
 

Drexel University/ Introduction to University Life (for Engineering freshmen), Eng108
 

Drexel University/ Introductory Biology I (Non-majors), N204
 

Drexel University/ Molecular Biology Journal Club, Bio480
 

Drexel University/ Molecular Biology Journal Club, Bio873
 

Drexel University/ Molecular Biology Journal Club, Bio873
 

Drexel University/ Molecular Biology Journal Club, P279
 

Drexel University/ Nucleic Acids (1 3-hr Lecture), Bio625
 

Drexel University/ Proteins (1 3-hr Lecture), Bio615
 

Drexel University/ Proteins (1 3-hr Lecture), Bio615 (co-taught with Bio480)
 

Drexel University/ Science of Life (Non-majors), N200
 

Drexel University/ Seminar Series, Bioscience & Biotechnology, Bio471
 

Drexel University/ Seminar Series, Bioscience & Biotechnology, Bio472
 

Drexel University/ Seminar Series, Bioscience & Biotechnology, Bio473
 

Drexel University/ Seminar Series, Bioscience & Biotechnology, N281
 

Drexel University/ Seminar Series, Bioscience & Biotechnology, N282
 

University of North Texas/ Advanced Molecular Biology, Bioc6600
 

University of North Texas/ Biochemistry I, Bioc4540
 

University of North Texas/ Biochemistry I, Bioc5540
 

University of North Texas/ Computer Science and Engineering 4930/5933
 

University of North Texas/ Current Topics in Plant Biology, Bioc5680
 

University of North Texas/ Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Bioc6650
 

toggle toggle Mentoring/Advising
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
2008-2013Ying-Sheng HuangBiochemistry Student, Ph.D.Graduate Mentoring/Advising 
2007-2012Mohammad SalehinMolecular Biology Student, Ph.D.Graduate Mentoring/Advising 
2007-2012Rammyani BagchiBiochemistry Student, Ph.D.Graduate Mentoring/Advising 
2006-2011Matthew MeckfesselBiochemistry Student, Ph.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingGFP-tagging of nodule-specific proteins in M. truncatula
2007Monica AmyettHigh School TeacherResearch Experience for Teachers Program
2007Erich SpoorHonors College SeniorUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of NIP from M. truncatula
2007Jaimin PatelTAMS Program SophomoreUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of NIP from M. truncatula
2007Brandon McKethanBiochemistry Student, M.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingTranscription studies in M. truncatula nip and sli mutants
2007Viktoriya MorrisMolecular Biology Student, M.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingGenetic map of the top of chromosome 1, location of the M. truncatula NIP gene.
2007Yi-Ching LeeMolecular Biology Student, M.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingPhysical map of the top of chromosome 1, location of the M. truncatula NIP gene
2007Joel PaulsonTAMS Program SophomoreUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of NIP from M. truncatula
2006Timothy FlewelenMcNair ScholarUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of NIP from M. truncatula
2006Reynouard SandersM.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
2006Richard “Bill” CasadyHonors College SophomoreUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of NIP from M. truncatula
2006Heath WesslerMolecular Biology Ph.D. StudentGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of the M. truncatula NIP gene. Heath is co-advised with Dr. R. Benjamin of the Bioscience Department
2006Sumanjari DasBiology Student, M.A.Graduate Mentoring/Advising 
2006Laurent CoqueBiochemistry Student, Ph.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingRole of ENOD8 in nodule development; spatial localization of ENOD8 gene expression and protein in M. truncatula
2006Catalina I. PislariuPh.D. Molecular BiologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingCharacterization of MtIRE, a gene expressed in the invasion zone of nitrogen fixing M. truncatula nodules
2005Jacob VingrenM.S. KinesiologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingQuantitation of steroid biosynthesis genes in animal cells
2005Tu Truong Undergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of NIP from M. truncatula
2005Shovna TripathyFormer High School Student at University of North TexasUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of NIP from M. truncatula
2005Harita VeereshlingamPh.D. Molecular BiologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingCharacterization of the M. truncatula nip and sli nodulation mutants
2005Natasha DossaTAMS ProgramUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of NIP from M. truncatula
2005Ambreen RahmonTAMS ProgramUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingM. truncatula plant transformation
2005Jared Diamond Undergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingM. truncatula plant transformation
2003-2004Sachin BankerUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2001-2004Kimberly WilsonUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2004Brandon McKethonM.S.Undergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGFP tagging ENOD8 protein
2004Mariam KhanUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2004Oshola JamesUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2004Kayla LonianM.S.Undergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingMap-based cloning of the M. truncatula NIP and SLI genes
2004Brian HuskinsonTAMS ProgramUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingENOD8 protein immuno-localization
2002-2003Jennifer CarterUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2003Ruby FernandezPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Molecular Biology
2003Kathy BryanFormer High School Teacher at University of North TexasUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingSMART (Science Mentors and Researchers Partnered with Teachers) Program
2003Stephanie TaylorFormer High School Teacher at University of North TexasUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingSMART (Science Mentors and Researchers Partnered with Teachers) Program
2003Dave ShahaniUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2003Joung ParkUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2001-2002Nancy Carriker-MoonM.S. BiologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingConstruction of vectors to study ENOD8 role in nodule development
2001-2002Kristin LogginsTAMS ProgramUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2002Alberta WangTAMS ProgramUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2002John FisherPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
2002Tram HaTAMS ProgramUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2002Becky BlackmonUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2002Kyle KilgoreUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
2001Addie MittalPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
2001David PringleMaster of ScienceGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPurification and esterase activity of ENOD8 proteins from M. sativa (alfalfa)
1999-2000Meg SiegelFormer Student at Drexel UniversityUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
1999-2000Emma AronsonFormer High School Student at Drexel UniversityUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
1999-2000Vannessa ScullyFormer Student at Drexel UniversityUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
1999-2000Raven AlexanderFormer Student at Drexel UniversityUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
1999Lei BaMaster of ScienceGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingExpression of ENOD8 during M. truncatula nodule development
1999Xuejun HuMaster of ScienceGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingExpression of recombinant ENOD8 in Escherichia coli
1998Lynn Ann Arlauakas DeklevaPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingEnvironmental Studies Institute at Drexel University
1997Patria CastronuevoPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1996Ana Dutra ClarkePh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1998Veronique BenabenPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBiology, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, FR
1997Vandana SabooPh.DGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1997Patria CastronuevoPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1996Purnima B. NeogiPh.D. Plant BiologyDevi Ahilya University (India), 2003-4, Studies on ENOD8 role in nodule development; plant transformation
1996Yogesh PrasadPh.DGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1996Ana Dutra ClarkePh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1996Xiaojing JiPh.DGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1995Bela SharmaPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1995Zhongmu YuPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1995Sevnur MandaciPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1994Lynn Ann Arlauakas DeklevaPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingEnvironmental Studies Institute at Drexel University
1994Ping ZhouPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingChemistry at Drexel University
1993Dipanwita MaitiPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1993Ibraham TerziPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
1993Dhiru B. VashiPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingChemistry at Drexel University
1992Sonal PatelPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingBioscience and Biotechnology at Drexel University
198Bhakti DesaiPh.D. MicrobiologyConstruction of vectors to study ENOD8 role in nodule development. Current Position: Researcher, Texas Tech University Health Sciences, Amarillo, TX.
 Varshana GurusamyM.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Molecular Biology
 Lydia LindroseEmerald Eagle SophomoreUndergraduate Mentoring/Advising 
 Cameron WiedUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingBiochemistry junior undergraduate student at UNT
 Richard “Bill” CasadyUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingBiochemistry sophomore undergraduate student at UNT
 James BurkeUndergraduateUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingBiochemistry senior undergraduate student at UNT
 Megan StyrvokyHonors College SeniorUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of NIP from M. truncatula
 Lily KuoTAMS ProgramUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPositional cloning of NIP from M. truncatula
 Vikas BhansaliPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biochemistry
 Daiyuan (Daisy) ZhangPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biochemistry
 Savita GanesanPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biology
 Gabriel GonzalesPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biochemistry
 Blake BollingM.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biology
 Neal TeasterPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Molecular Biology
 Jane HodsonM.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biology
 Amy RommelM.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biology
 Janhavi RanhunandanM.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biology
 Reounard SandersM.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingDrexel University, Bioscience and Biotech
 Yi-Fang ShouM.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biochemistry
 Kimberly SpradlingPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biochemistry
 Sylvia WanjieM.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biochemistry
 Rhidayh ShresthaPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biochemistry
 Stephen McWilliamsPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biology
 Sang-Chul KimPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biochemistry
 Hyunju KimPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Molecular Biology
 Vinita HajeriPh.D.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biology
 Carlos VaccaroM.S.Graduate Mentoring/AdvisingUniversity of North Texas, Biochemistry
toggle toggle Committees
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
1999-2000Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Laboratory Safety OfficerMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1999-2000Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Radiation Safety TrainerMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1999-2000Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Chemical Hygiene OfficerMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1999-2000Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Auxilliary Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Faculty Search CommitteeFaculty Search CommitteeUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1999-2000Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Safety CommitteeHeadUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1999-2000Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Faculty Search CommitteeFaculty Search CommitteeUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1999-2000University Radiation CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1999-2000University Biosafety CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1997-1998Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Laboratory CoordinatorSearch Committee HeadUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1997-1998Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Molecular PhysiologySearch Committee MemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1996-1998Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Radiation Safety TrainerMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1996-1998Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Laboratory Safety OfficerMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1996-1998Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Chemical Hygiene OfficerMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1996-1998Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Safety CommitteeHeadUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1996-1998Department of Bioscience and BiotechnologyAssistant Department HeadUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1994-1998Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Undergraduate Enhanced BioscienceEducation (EBE) Curriculum CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1994-1998Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Undergraduate Enhanced Bioscience Education (EBE) Curriculum CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1993-1998University Biosafety CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1992-1998University Radiation CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1996-1997Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology EBE Lab Coordinator Search CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1996-1997Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology EBE Instructor Search CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1996-1997Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Lab CoordinatorSearch Committee HeadUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1996-1997Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Molecular Plant PhysiologySearch Committee HeadUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1996-1997Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Eukaryotic Molecular GeneticsSearch Committee MemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1992-1995Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Curriculum CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1992-1995University Minority High School Science Apprentice Program CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1990-1992Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Graduate Admissions CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1995Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Safety CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1995Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Department Head Search CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1995Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology Molecular Biology Faculty Search CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1995University Committee to Examine the Contract for SecurityMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
1990College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Assistant Excellence CommitteeMemberUniversity and Department Service at Drexel University
toggle toggle Memberships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
 American Association for the Advancement of ScienceMember 
 American Society of Plant PhysiologistsMember 
 International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe InteractionsMember 
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2008-2009Development Leave AwardUniversity of North Texas
2002-2003“Top Prof” AwardMortar Board Honor Society
1998-1999Sabbatical Leave AwardDrexel University
1997NSF/USDA Travel Award 
1992-1993Antelo Devereux Award 
1990NSF NATO Fellow 
1985Delta Omega Honor Society 
1983-1985Research AssistantshipJohns Hopkins University
1979-1973NIH Predoctoral Trainee 
1975 Chemistry Honor Society 
toggle toggle Professional Community Engagement
YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2008OCAST, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology FY07 Oklahoma Plant Science Research (OPSR) Basic and Applied Funding Competition PanelPanel ChairGrant Reviewing, Panel Service
2008“Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Girl Program Campus Chemistry”Campus Chemistry speakerCommunity Service in Denton, TX
2008“Possumhaw holly brings color to winter landscapes.”WriterCommunity Service in Denton, TX
2008“Spiderwort for local gardens”MemberCommunity Service in Denton, TX
2007-2008Department of Chemistry Faculty Search CommitteeMemberUniversity and Departmental Service at University of North Texas
2007“Native gayfeather brings fall color to area landscapes.”MemberCommunity Service in Denton, TX
2007“Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), a native flowering vine that attracts hummingbirds.”MemberCommunity Service in Denton, TX
2007Department of Biological Sciences Biochemistry and Cell Biology Science Lab Coordinator Search CommitteeCommittee MemberUniversity and Departmental Service at University of North Texas
2007OCAST, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology FY07 Oklahoma Plant Science Research (OPSR) Basic and Applied Funding Competition PanelPanel ChairGrant Reviewing, Panel Service
2007“Mexican-Hat (Ratibida columnifera), A perennial for a xeriscaped cutting garden”MemberCommunity Service in Denton, TX
2006-2008Legume Information Service (LIS), National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR)Scientific Advisory BoardOther Scientific Service
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Training Former Graduate Students at Drexel University
Jin Yang, M.S. 1998, Cloning of genomic ENOD8 form M. truncatula.

Changzheng Liu, M.S. 1998, Cloning and characterization of ENOD8 cDNA from M. truncatula.

Stephen Tu, M.S. 1996, Vectors for recombinant expression of M. sativa ENOD8 in E. coli.

SeongHee Kang, M.S. 1996, Cloning and characterization of genomic ENOD8 from M. sativa.

Madhavi Konduri.-Did not finish her M.S. Expression of ENOD8 in M. truncatula.

Mijin Kim.- Ph.D. 2004. Phytoremediation of heavy metal wastes using novel materials developed from fly ash. Co-advised with Dr. Jack Kay, of Drexel’s Chemistry Department from 1997-2000.

Katherine Bognar, M.A. 1996.Worked on ENOD8 in the lab, but did not complete a thesis M.S. degree.

Rachid Salahdine,- M.A. 1996. Worked on ENOD8 in the lab, but did not complete a thesis M.S. degree.

Tao Peng, M.S. 1994. Dr. Peng received his Ph.D. in 1997 from University of Pennsylvania. He went back to mainland China in 2005 to work in a biotechnology/university startup.

Catherine Grosjean, Ph.D. 1997. *Dr. Grosjean was a visiting graduate student from France in my lab during 1994.

Veronique Benaben, Ph.D. 1994 *Dr. Benaben was a visiting graduate student from France in my lab during 1991.

Reeta Prusty, M.S. 1994. Dr. Prusty was a M.S. student in my lab for one year, 1991-92, but left to finish her M.S. in another lab. She eventually received her Ph.D. and is now an Assistant Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

Pat Castronuevo, Ph.D. Dr. Castronuevo rotated through my lab during 1992-3,

Training Former Undergraduate Students at Drexel University
David Besack, 1997-1998
Karima Ernazarova, 1997-1998
Leslie Spangler, 1996-1998
Mitchell Cheung, 1995-1996
Leeza Wang, 1994-1996
Eric Gerstenberger, 1994-1995
Rebekah Rupp, 1994-1995
David Pringle, 1994-1995
Mary Ellen Smith, 1992-1994
Denise Inman, 1994-1995
Peter Ghosh, 1993-1994
Winnie Ngo, 1992-1993

Training: Former High School Students at Drexel University
Judith Hogan, Central High School, 1996-1997.
Karen Au, Central High School, 1993-1996. Semifinalist in Westinghouse Talent Search in 1996.
Anne Johnson, Central Bucks High School, 1994-1995.
Sarah Kim, Central High School, 1992-1993.
Dana Sunshine, Friends Central High School, 1991-1992.
Sarah Deming, Germantown Friends High School, 1991-1992

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