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Biological Science Faculty Member - Retired

Dr. George W. Bates

Dr.  George W. Bates

Professor Emeritus of Biological Science
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1977.
Plant cell and molecular biology. Gene expression in relation to development and physiological responses. Guard cell biology.

Research and Professional Interests:

My research field is the intersection of plant molecular genetics with plant physiology and plant development. I have worked on the roles of auxin and cytokinin in cell division, plant growth, and cell differentiation using a variety of molecular, genetic, and physiological tools. My lab has also worked on the interspecific transfer of genes and organelles through protoplast fusion, and we did pioneering work on the use of electroporation for the introduction of foreign DNA into plants and on homologous recombination in plants. My current research is on the regulation of gene expression during stomatal movements and the role of sugars, particularly sucrose, as integrating signals in guard cell biology.

Selected Publications:

Bates, G. W., D. M. Rosenthal, J. Sun, M. Chattopadhyay, E. Peffer, J. Yang, D. R. Ort, and A. M. Jones. 2012. A comparative study of the Arabidopsis thaliana guard-cell transcriptome and its modulation by sucrose. PLoS One 7(11), e49641.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049641