College of Letters & Sciences
Upham Hall

Catherine Chan
Int Director Acad Assessment, Professor

Research Interest

My lab mainly uses the model terrestrial plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, as the experimental system. My two main research questions are: 1) How does calcium signaling work? 2) What are the effects of high-volume pharmaceutical and personal care products on the environment?


What will a student working in my laboratory learn?

My laboratory uses a combination of genetic, molecular, biochemical, physiological, and analytical techniques to address crucial questions in plant growth and development. Students in my laboratory typically participate in multiple, concurrent projects, and are expected to be involved in all aspects of each project (from library and on-line research, design, implementation, data collection and analysis, to result presentation). Teamwork and good communication skills are highly encouraged in my laboratory.


Select Recent Publications and Presentations

1. S. Chaiwongsar, A. K. Strohm*, J. R. Roe*, R. Y. Godiwalla* and C. W. M. Chan (2009) A Cyclic Nucleotide-Gated Channel is Necessary for Optimum Fertility in High Calcium Environments. New Phytologist 183: 76-87. PDF

2. C. W. M. Chan, D. J. Wohlbach, M. J. Rodesch and M. R. Sussman (2008) Transcriptional Changes in Response to Growth of Arabidopsis in High External Calcium. FEBS Letters 582: 967-976. PDF

3. A. Redinger*, J. Price*, M. Nider*, Emmanuel Higgins* and C. W. M. Chan. 2011 American Society of Plant Biologist National Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Poster presentation titled 'Effects of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products on a Model Terrestrial Plant, Arabidopsis thaliana’ with undergraduate co-presenter A. Redinger.

4. J. Price*, M. Nider*, M. Stowers*, A. Redinger and C. W. M. Chan. 2011 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Regional Meeting at Lake Geneva, WI. Poster Presentation titled 'Effects of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products on a model terrestrial plant, Arabidopsis thaliana' with undergraduate co-presenter J. Price.

5. K. Butzine* and C. W. M. Chan. American Chemical Society Spring 2010 National at San Francisco, CA. Poster presentation titled ‘Mineral Accumulation of a Model Plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, After Exposure to Caffeine and Ibuprofen’ with undergraduate co-presenter K. Butzine.

6. R. Godiwalla*, J. Roe* and C. W. M. Chan. Plant Biology 2008 at Merida, Mexico. Poster presentation titled ‘Characterization of a Calcium Hypersensitive Mutant in Arabidopsis thaliana’ with undergraduate co-presenter R. Godiwalla.

(* denotes undergraduate co-author)


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