Mark J. Guiltinan

The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Mark J. Guiltinan received a B.S. degree in botany from Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif, USA, in 1978 and his Ph.D. degree in developmental Biology from the University of California, Irvine, Calif, USA, in 1986. During graduate school, Dr. Guiltinan was a Visiting Scientist at the Laboratory of Dr. Jeff Schell, Koln, Germany. Following postdoctoral studies at Texas A&M with Dr. Timothy Hall (regulation of phaseolin gene expression/DNA binding proteins), and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Dr. Ralph Quatrano (ABA regulated gene expression in wheat/transcription factors). Dr. Guiltinan joined the faculty at Penn State University in 1991 in the Department of Horticulture. His current research programs focus on the use of plant molecular biology and biotechnology for the improvement of tropical plants, including Theobroma cacao (the chocolate tree) and Jatropha curcus (a biodiesel feedstock). His group also studies starch biosynthesis in maize and defense signaling in Arabidopsis. He is the Director of the Penn State Endowed Program in the Molecular Biology of Cacao, a Member of the Board of Directors, International Group for the Genetic Improvement of Cacao (INGENIC), as a Chairman of the INGENIC Working Group on Molecular Biology, and Acting Codirector of the Plant Science Center of the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences at Penn State University.

Biography Updated on 25 November 2009

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