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Marna D Yandeau-Nelson

Marna D Yandeau-Nelson

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Chair, Interdepartmental Plant Biology Graduate Program
  • Genetics Development and Cell Biology
Plant Genetics, Molecular Biology

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4138 BRL


  • B.S., Biology, Drake University, 1998
  • Ph.D., Genetics, Iowa State University, 2005
  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Biochemistry, Penn State University, 2008

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Dr. Marna Yandeau-Nelson’s research interests focus on the dissection of the genetic networks that underlie metabolic processes in plants.  Currently, the group is integrating classical and molecular genetic, biochemistry, metabolomic, computational and bioinformatic approaches to dissect the metabolic and gene networks that underlie the accumulation of surface lipids on developing maize silks.   A second aspect to this project is the assessment of the protective capacities that these surface lipids confer against biotic and abiotic environmental stresses as well as the determination of the extent to which surface lipid accumulation is modulated by environmental cues.  Our work has potential practical applications in the development of biorenewable fuels and chemicals, as well as plant breeding for protection of crops against environmental stresses.