J. Birchler serves as a Professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia. After obtaining a B.S. degree from Eastern Illinois University in Botany and Zoology, he attended graduate school at Indiana University majoring in genetics and biochemistry. His Ph.D. degree was awarded in 1977. The subject of his thesis work was dosage effects on gene expression in maize. His postdoctoral work was performed at Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge, Tenn, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York and the University of California, Berkeley, Calif, USA. He served as Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard University beginning in 1985. Dr. Birchler joined the Faculty at the University of Missouri in 1991 and has held the rank of Professor since 1996. Birchler has served on the Editorial Boards of Genetics, The Plant Cell, BioMed Central Plant Biology, Tropical Plant Biology, McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, Genomic Insights, and Annual Reviews of Plant Biology. He was elected a Fellow of the AAAS in 2002. Research interests of the Birchler laboratory include mechanisms of small RNA mediated gene silencing in Drosophila, the mechanism of dosage compensation in Drosophila, gene expression in polyploids of maize, the molecular basis of aneuploid syndromes, the molecular basis of heterosis, structure and behavior of chromosomes and centromeres in maize, plant engineered minichromosomes, and in general the consequences of dosage sensitive gene regulatory mechanisms in multicellular eukaryotes.
Biography Updated on 23 January 2011