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Directed Research with Dr. Fumiaki Katagiri

Dr. Fumiaki Katagiri is looking for three to four undergraduate students for directed research in Spring, 2014. Particularly, he is looking for enthusiastic students with strong working ethics and organizational skills. The site for research is on the St Paul Campus. Each student is expected to spend 6 hours per week on the directed research (2 credits). These students will join a group of four students who have already been working on the project. Students who are interested should send e-mail messages to Dr. Katagiri at katagiri@umn.edu. The message should include a few lines of a description about why you are interested, times of the week available for research from you will be assigned 6-hour research time brackets, and transcripts.

Project Description: 
Identification and mapping of quantitative trait loci (QTL) involved in immunity against pathogens in Arabidopsis thaliana.
A prior study in the Katagiri lab suggested substantial variation in dynamics of the plant immune signaling network within a population of a plant species. We will test this hypothesis by screening natural isolates (accessions) of a model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, for variation in their responses to pathogens or pathogen-related molecules. Once such variation among accessions is identified, the genes responsible for the variation will be quickly and roughly mapped on the chromosomes by QTL mapping. Actual lab work include phenotyping of plants in response to pathogens and pathogen-related molecules and plant care.