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National Science Foundation Award to Dr. Slocum

Release date: December 08, 2005

Professor Bob Slocum with students Patty Greenfield (left) and Emily Kleinhans (right)

Dr. Robert D. Slocum, pictured with students Patty Greenfield (left) and Emily Kleinhans (right), recently received a $340,000 award from the National Science Foundation to continue his research with undergraduates, exploring the regulation of pyrimidine metabolism in plants. Pyrimidines are one of two basic types of "building block" molecules (nucleotides) that comprise the genetic material (DNA, RNA) of plants and all other organisms.

The work will involve a collaboration with Dr. Christopher D. Town at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, MD in which "gene chip" experiments will be conducted in order to profile expression patterns for all 26,500 genes in the model plant Arabidopsis, shown below, including the approximately 150 genes that function in pyrimidine metabolism. Such “functional genomics” methodologies are expected to rapidly advance our understanding of the regulation of this important area of plant metabolism.