The MacIntosh Lab
Welcome to the MacIntosh Lab @ Iowa State University. Our lab works on a variety of things, mostly centered around the two big questions described below (look for more details in Projects and Publications). Gustavo also dedicates a significant effort to increase equity and inclusion in STEM (see EDI page).
How do eukaryotic cells recycle ribosomes?
We want to know how cells transport ribosomes to the vacuole or lysosome, and the ribonucleases and other enzymes associated with the RNA salvage pathway.
What are the molecular bases of compatible and incompatible interactions between plants and insects?
We try to understand what are the mechanisms that plants (mainly soybean) use as defense against aphids, and the strategies used by aphids to avoid these defenses.
Removing systemic barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion: Report of the 2019 Plant Science Research Network workshop “Inclusivity in the Plant Sciences”
Henkhaus et al. 2022
Plant Direct 6( 8), e432. https://doi.org/10.1002/pld3.432
Lamp1 mediates lipid transport, but is dispensable for autophagy in Drosophila
Chaudhry et al 2022
Interaction between Rag genes results in a unique synergistic transcriptional response that enhances soybean resistance to soybean aphids
Natukunda et al 2021
Equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts in professional societies: intention vs. reaction
Madzima and MacIntosh 2021
Broadening the impact of plant science through innovative, integrative, and inclusive outreach
Friesner et al 2021
TOR mediates the autophagy response to altered nucleotide homeostasis in an RNase mutant
Kazibwe et al 2020
Meet the candidates for President-elect of ASPB (2021)
Gustavo's presentation for the ASPB meet the candidates event
Plantae Present Seminar 2020
Gustavo's presentation for the Plantae Present series organized by ASPB
- Prescott participated in the new BBMB summer program. See highlights in this article from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. (August 2022)
- Gustavo was featured in the latest Link issue (magazine of the LAS College). See the note here. (April 2022)
- Welcome Anna Schwake, our new undergraduate research assistant, working to characterize Drosophila lysosomal proteins (April 2022)
- Norin's paper on Drosophila Lamp1 is now out in Autophagy! (March 2022)
- Prescott received the prestigious Linder Scholarship. Congratulations! (February 2022)
- Gustavo has been honored with a LAS Dean's Professorship.
- The last paper of Martha Natukunda's thesis was accepted in BMC Genomics (December 2021)
- Martha Natukunda accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Biology department at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD (August 2021)
- Thelma Madzima and Gustavo's letter on the role of professional societies in EDI efforts is out in Plant Cell (July 2021)
- ASPB election results are out! Gustavo will be the incoming President-elect of the society, starting in October (July 2021)
- Welcome Prescott Jeckel, our new undergraduate research assistant, working to characterize vacuolar phosphatases (June 2021)
- Welcome Lindsay Jackson, Ames High School science teacher, who will be our summer intern as part of the RET program (June 2021)
- Patricia was awarded a SURF Fellowship from ASPB. Congratulations! Read more about it here (June 2021).
- ISU News service wrote a press release ("A new guide for communicating plant science") on our outreach paper (April 2021)
- The white paper "Broadening the impact of plant science through innovative, integrative, and inclusive outreach" is now in Plant Direct. This paper is the result of a fantastic workshop organized by NAASC (April 2021).
- Norin's paper on Drosophila Lamp1 is now in bioRxiv (January 2021)
- Patricia Gallardo (Ag Biochem, junior) was awarded the Linder Undergraduate Research Scholarship to continue her work on aphid-soybean interactions (Jan 2021)
- Zach paper on the role of TOR in the regulation of RNA salvage and nucleotide homeostasis is now in print in JXB (December 2020)
- Gustavo was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Plant Biologists (October 2020)