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We got the cover of Current Protocols!

Nov 9, 2022

Artwork designed by my mom, China Rose.

Current Protocols Oct 2022 cover

Congrats to Melissa and Bekah on your new B.S degrees! 

May 14, 2022

We are so proud of our new grads, Melissa Draves (B.S. Genetics) and Rebekah Muench (B.S. Agronomy). We will miss you in the lab but are happy to know that you will continue to do great things. Melissa will continue her education to earn her PhD program at University of Missouri, follow her on Twitter @melissa_draves. Bekah has a killer job as a Production Associate at Bayer Crop Science U.S., follow her on Twitter @rlmuench.  

Caitlin received a Sui Tong Chan Fung Fund Internship in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology! 

April 5, 2022

Big congrats to Caitlin Leigh Gonzales to receive this additional support from GDCB and the Genetics program for her summer research in our lab to study the genetic control of Arabidopsis hypocotyl growth. 

Caitlin and Jackson are LAS Dean's Award recipients for Summer and Fall 2022!

Mar 25, 2022

Big congrats to Caitlin Leigh Gonzales and Jackson Marshall for receiving LAS Dean's High Impact Undergraduate Research Awards for Summer 2022 and Fall 2022! We are very excited to have you join the group and support your research experiences. Caitlin will examine control of hypocotyl length using higher order genetic studies in Arabidopsis. Jackson will perform Genome Wide Association Studies to discover genetic drivers of lateral root formation in maize.

Linkan is now a PhD candidate!

Nov 3, 2021

Linkan successfully passed his prelim exam and is now a PhD candidate in the Interdepartmental Genetics and Genomics program here at at ISU. Congrats Linkan! One paper done, just a couple more to go :) 

Our NSF grant was awarded!

August 3, 2021

We are super grateful to the National Science Foundation and their support of our work on the regulation of Arabidopsis root cell differentiation via cell wall composition. This work will fund collaborative studies between our group and Dr. Olga Zabotina (BBMB). This funding will support outreach educational activities for preschool students in Ames during the school year. 

working model for GAUT10 in Arabdopsis root cell differentiation

Our ASPB BLOOME grant was awarded!

June 7, 2021

We are super grateful to the American Society for Plant Biologists and their support of our newly developed outreach activities through a 2021 BLOOME grant! PI Dr. Kelley and Co-PIs Dr. Renu Srivastava (GDCB) and Dr. Alexis Campbell (Science Bound director) will use this funding to provide hands-on educational activities for Science Bound students interested in learning about plant biology during the 2021-2022 school year. 

BLOOME image


Congrats to our graduates!

May 14, 2021

Congrats to our undergraduate researchers, Kendall Haefele (LAS, Honor's student & Dean's Awardee, Genetics major) and Ludvin Mejia (first-gen Biology major), for graduating in the Class of 2021! We applaud all your accomplishments and look forward to seeing your future success. It has been wonderful having you in the lab and we wish you all the best!


Root ubiquitinome preprint on BioRxiv

February 2, 2021

Quantitative proteomics reveals extensive lysine ubiquitination in the Arabidopsis root proteome and uncovers novel transcription factor stability states

View the Root ubiquitinome article


Kendall awarded an LAS Dean's High Impact Award for Spring 2021 

December 21, 2020

Kendall has been awarded an LAS Dean's High Impact Award to support her research in our lab during Spring 2021. She will continue her work on an auxin regulated protein that is required for auxin-mediated hypocotyl elongation in Arabidopsis.


Dami's new microPublication on myosins and sugar-dependent growth is out today!

July 10, 2020

Great job Dami!

10.17912/micropub.biology.000276


We got a USDA NIFA grant to study auxin regulated root development in maize!

June 5, 2020

We are super excited to have been awarded a NIFA Plant Physiology Research award to support our work on auxin regulated root growth in maize. Justin Walley (PLPM) is Co-PI on this award and we will be collaborating with Nick Lauter, Katie Dehesh, and Lucia Strader for this project. Our lab has recently identified several novel maize root mutants which are affected in auxin signaling and/or transport. This award will support two PhD students and one undergraduate researcher for three years as they work on determining the molecular basis for these altered root phenotypes. Additionally, this award will support the field trials to test how reduced root architectures impact yield in corn.


Kendall is awarded a Summer Research Internship in Genetics

May 15, 2020

Kendall was awarded a Sui Tong Chan Fung Fund for the Promotion of Study and Research in Genetics Summer Undergraduate Internship for 2020! This internship will provide her with an opportunity for full-time hands-on research in the discipline of Genetics, her major. Due to COVID-19 she will work a modified schedule during the eight-week internship period and earn stipend of $3840; funds will be provided by a combination of funds from the Kelley lab and the departmental fund. 


Kendall is awarded a LAS High Impact Undergraduate Research Award

May 15, 2020

Kendall was awarded one of the Dean’s High Impact Undergraduate Research Awards to support her summer research in our lab! While this award was intended to support summer research, due to COVID-19 the award has been adjusted to support her during fall term. This award is for $1,200.00 and will require her to work for 100 hours during the fall semester. Her project will focus on characterizing a novel Arabidopsis mutant which has short hypocotyls and does not respond to auxin. Based on the functional annotation of this protein we hypothesize this protein regulates the abundance of particular auxin receptors in shoots. This project will increase a knowledge gap in basic research related to plant developmental biology. Plants provide food and fuel and thus it is important to identify genetic determinants of plant growth.


We got the cover of Proteomics!

September 5, 2019

Our recent collaboration with Justin Walley (PLPM) and Steve Briggs (UCSD) was published in the Sept issue of Proteomics (Vol 19, No 17). My mom, China Rose, created the beautiful cover art that was selected for this issue.