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“Evolution of RNA polymerases in plants: understanding duplication of multi-subunit complexes”- Rebecca Mosher

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:20pm

Plant Science Building, 404

Rebecca Mosher
Associate Professor
School of Plant Sciences, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Arizona

Educational Background

  • 1998 Bachelor of Science with Honors, cum laude, The University of Arizona. Double major in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Biochemistry.
  • 2005 Doctorate of Philosophy, University Program in Genetics and Genomics, Department of Biology, Duke University.
  • 2005 – 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich UK; and the Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge University, UK.

Research Interests

  • Eukaryotes contain an array of small RNAs capable of transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation. These ubiquitous molecules are part of many biological processes, including development, response to the environment, and disease. Originally identified in plants, small RNAs are now studied in diverse organisms and are an important tool in human therapeutics.
  • Our laboratory studies the synthesis and action of small RNA molecules with particular emphasis on 1) epigenetic modifications such as DNA methylation during seed development, and 2) evolution of the RNA-directed DNA methylation machinery. We combine traditional genetic and molecular studies with phylogenetic and structural analysis in Arabidopsis thaliana and other plants.

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