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Congratulations, Dr. Andrew Nevarez!!!

Andrew gave a beautiful dissertation talk on his Ph.D. project entitled “Mechanism of dual targeting HEMERA to the chloroplasts and nucleus”. He has also passed his Ph.D. defense. Congratulations Andrew on reaching this milestone in your life!

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M. Chen lab received a NIH award to investigate the function of photobodies in light signaling

M. Chen lab received a 4-yr award to investigate the function of photobodies in plant light signaling from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. We appreciate the continuing support from NIGMS.

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M. Chen lab received a NIH award to fund the purchase of a new confocal microscope for the UCR imaging core

M. Chen lab has received $155,000 supplemental funds from NIGMS to contribute to the purchase of a state-of-the-art Zeiss LSM880-Airyscan confocal microscope for the UCR Imaging Core. We deeply appreciate the support from NIGMS. This is a joint grant application with two other NIGMS-supported PIs, Xuemei Chen and Zhenbiao Yang. Many thanks to the support […]

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Welcome Keunhwa!

M.Chen lab welcomes a new member, Dr. Keunhwa Kim. Keunhwa received extensive training in plant photobiology in his PhD and postdoctoral work with Dr. Giltsu Choi at KAIST in Korea, he joins the lab as an Assistant Specialist. Keunhwa will contribute to our efforts in understanding the function of photobody biogenesis in light signaling.

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M. Chen lab hosts 2016 CEPCEB summer REU student Brooke Gomez

Chan Yul and Emily will participate the 2016 CEPCEB REU program to mentor undergraduate researcher Brooke Gomez. Welcome to the M. Chen lab, Brooke!

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M. Chen lab co-authors a Elife article on the discovery of a new signaling component that integrates light signaling and the circadian clock in plants

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M. Chen lab has moved to UC Riverside

Our lab has moved to the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside. We will also be part of the Center for Plant Cell Biology in the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology at UC Riverside. We look forward to interacting with many of the great scientists in plant biology and genomics at UCR.

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Meng received the Early Career Award from the 2015 Plant Photobiology Symposium

Meng received the Early Career Award at the 2015 International Symposium on Plant Photobiology. Congratulations, Chen lab!

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Yongjian Qiu and Chan Yul Yoo won travel awards from the 2015 Plant Photobiology meeting

Drs. Yongjian Qiu and Chan Yul Yoo have won travel awards to attend the 2015 International Symposium on Plant Photobiology at UT Austin in May. Congratulations to both Yongjian and Chan Yul!

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Chen lab reported a novel plant light signaling mechanism in The Plant Cell

Plants respond to the red and far-red range of the light spectrum through the photoreceptors phytochromes and a key phytochrome signaling component named HEMERA (HMR). HMR has been shown previously by our lab to play an essential role in early phytochrome signaling events, including the degradation of a group of nodal plant developmental regulators – […]

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Congratulations, Dr. Van Buskirk!

Elise successfully defended her dissertation today! Elise also gave a wonderful defense talk. Congratulations, Dr. Elise Van Buskirk!

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Elise Van Buskirk published her work on photobodies in Plant Physiology

Photobody is a unique light-dependent and phytochrome-containing subnuclear domain in plants. Although accumulating evidence supports the importance of photobodies in light signaling, the role of photobodies in light-mediated inhibition of stem growth remains debatable. In the paper published in Plant Physiology on April 25 (2014), Elise examined the relationship between photobody dynamics, the accumulation of […]

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Catherine Zhang won the 2014 SURF Award from ASPB

Catherine Zhang, a sophomore majoring Biology/Chemistry, won the 2014 ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). The fellowship will support Cat to carry out a research project in the Chen Lab in the coming summer. Cat will present her findings in the 2015 ASPB meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Congratulations Cat!

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Yongjian won the 2014 Travel Award from ASPB

Yongjian Qiu won an ASPB Travel Grant to attend the 2014 ASPB meeting in Portland, Oregon in July. Here is the link. Congratulations, Yongjian!

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Chen lab published a Nat Commun paper describing gene repositioning in plants

Accumulating evidence from studies in yeast and metazoan models suggests that genome organization, in particular the spatial positioning of individual genes to distinct subnuclear compartments, plays an important role in cellular programming. Compared with yeast and metazoan models, little is known about the positioning of individual genes in plants. A key obstacle for gene positioning […]

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Elise Van Buskirk will speak at the 2013 ASPB meeting

Elise’s abstract on her Ph.D. project, phytochrome signaling mechanisms, was selected for an oral presentation in the upcoming annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists in Providence, RI. Elise will speak in the Signaling session on July 21 at 1:55pm. Congratulations, Elise!

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Jon Haskel presented his honors thesis

Jon Haskel presented his senior honors thesis project, entitled “Arabidopsis HEMERA genetically interacts with key components of the light signaling pathway to establish photomorphogenesis in plants”. Jon has been working with Dr. Rafaelo Galvao in the past 3 years. He is a coauthor of the recent paper “Photoactivated phytochromes interact with HEMERA and promote its […]

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Crystal presented her summer research project

Crystal Owens, a sophomore in BME, presented her research project. Crystal has been working with Dr. Mia Feng on the function of photobodies in light signaling. Crystal recently received the SURF award from the American Society of Plant Biologists to continue her research in the Chen lab in the coming summer. Crystal and Dr. Feng […]

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Crystal Owens won the 2013 SURF Award from ASPB

Crystal Owens, a sophomore majoring BME, won the 2013 ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). The fellowship will support Crystal to carry out a research project in the Chen Lab in the coming summer. It will also support Crystal to present her results in the 2014 ASPB meeting in Portland, OR. Congratulations Crystal! Here is […]

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Andrew Nevarez won 2013 ASPB Travel Award

Andrew won an ASPB Travel Grant to attend the 2013 ASPB meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, in July. Here is the link. Congratulations, Andrew!

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