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David Oliver

Interim Vice President



Office: 353 Bessey

Phone: 515-294-0134









Department: Genetics / Development & Cell Biology

Research Interests: plant metabolism, plant genetics

Brief description of current research:

My research focuses on plant metabolism and how plants restructure their metabolism in response to environmental and developmental changes. Most recently work by my group has focused on: 1. The synthesis and degradation glutathione (GSH) and how they respond to stress. 2. Acetyl CoA synthesis in the plastid and metabolic fate. 3. New components in the TGA factor/as-1 element signal transduction pathway. 4. Phytoremediation of explosives and heavy metals.

Recent publications:

Lei, Z. Y, P. Zhao, M. J. Cao, R. Cui, X. Chen, L. Z. Xiong, O. F. Zhang, D. J. Oliver, and C. Xiang, 2007: High-throughput binary vectors for plant gene function analysis. J. Integrative Plant Biol., in press.

Ni, W., Z. Lei, X. Chen, D. J. Oliver, and C. Xiang, 2007: Construction of a plant transformation-ready expression cDNA library for mining salt tolerance genes from thellungiella halophila using a restriction endonuclease and DNA ligase-free approach. J. Integrative Plant Biol, in press.

Ohkama-Ohtsu, N., S. Radwan, A. Peterson, P. Zhao, A. Fattah Badr, C. Xiang, and D. J. Oliver, 2007: Characterization of the extracellular y-Glutamyl Transpeptidases, GGT1 and GGT2, in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal, in press.