Dr. Marcia A. Harrison publishes a book chapter

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Marcia A. Harrison, Ph.D.Marcia A. Harrison, Ph.D., recently had a chapter published in a 2012 release by Springer Science + Media. Dr. Harrison is a researcher within the Neuroscience and Developmental Biology research cluster in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

The book, published by Springer Science + Business Media, is entitled Phytohormones and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants. This publication summarizes what is currently known regarding phytohormones, which are chemicals that regulate plant growth, and how they are influenced by the environmental stresses that plants encounter. Dr. Harrison penned Chapter 2, “Cross-Talk Between Phytohormone Signaling Pathways Under Both Optimal and Stressful Environmental Conditions.”

Dr. Harrison is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on the role of the plant hormone ethylene in regulating plant growth and growth movements. Ethylene often acts as a signal that triggers growth changes in response to changing environmental conditions.

Excellent work, Dr. Harrison!To learn more and to download the book, visit Springer’s website: http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-3-642-25828-2.

Dr. Georgel presents at international scientific conference

Philippe Georgel, Ph.D.

Dr. Philippe Georgel recently traveled to San Antonio to present his research at the 20th International Analytical Ultracentrifugation Conference.

The following Marshall University press release highlights Dr. Philippe Georgel’s recent participation in the 20th International Analytical Ultracentrifugation Conference. In addition to teaching Biological Sciences at the main Marshall campus, Dr. Georgel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Dr. Georgel researches in two research clusters: Cancer Biology and Neuroscience and Developmental Biology.

Huntington, W.Va.  – Dr. Philippe Georgel, a professor of biological sciences at Marshall University, recently traveled to San Antonio to present his research at the 20th International Analytical Ultracentrifugation Conference.

The biennial conference is focused on research done using a specific laboratory technique to characterize the size, shape and interactions of molecules and macromolecules in solutions. Analytical ultracentrifugation is widely used in molecular biology, biochemistry and polymer science.

Georgel studies the effects of chromatin—the combination of DNA and proteins that make up the contents of the nucleus of a cell—on nuclear functions. His conference presentation focused on his use of a new method called Quantitative Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, or QAGE. QAGE, allows for analysis of structure and composition of nucleo-protein complexes, and is complementary to the use of analytical ultracentrifugation.

The research Georgel presented was a collaborative effort among his group at Marshall; Dr. James Denvir, associate professor of biochemistry and microbiology at the university’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; and Dr. Stuart Lindsay and Dr. Qiang Fu from Arizona State University.
Georgel has already been invited back to present at the 2014 conference, which will be held in Japan.

For more information, contact Georgel at georgel@marshall.edu or 304-696-3965.