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Biographical sketch of Z. Renee Sung, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology,
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720
a. Professional preparation.
Undergraduate
National Taiwan University, Botany , B.S.
Graduate
Univ. of Calif. Berkley, Plant Physiology, Ph.D
Postdoctor
M.I.T. Plant Somatic Genetics and Bacterial Genetics
b. Appointments
1989-present: Professor of Plant Biology, UC Berkeley
1995-2000: Associate Dean of Graduate Division, UC Berkeley
1993-1998: Coordinating Committee on Status of Women, UC Berkeley
1993-1995:
Executive Committee, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
1990 Summer: Visiting Professor, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica,
Taiwan
1986-1987: Visiting Professor, Institute of Genetics, Academia Sinica, Beijing, China
1982-1989: Associate Professor of Genetics and Plant Pathology, UC Berkeley
1976-1982: Assistant Professor of Genetics and Plant Pathology, UC Berkeley
1973-1976: Research Associate, Department of Biology, MIT
1974-1975: Instructor of Plant Biology, Department of Biology, MIT
1973-1974: Visiting Plant Physiologist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York
1968-1973: Research Assistant, Department of Soil and Plant Nutrition, UC Berkeley
1967-1968: Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute of Cell Physiology, West Berlin
c. Selected Recent Publications in the past 5 years
Five Related:
1. Moon Y.-H., Chen L.-J, Pan R. L., Chang H.-S., Zhu T., Maffeo D. M., and
Sung Z. R., 2003, EMF Genes Maintain Vegetative Development by Repressing the
Flower Programs in Arabidopsis, Plant Cell 15: 681-693.
2. Sung Z. R., Chen L.-J., Moon Y.-H., and Lertpiriyapong K., 2003, Mechanisms
of floral repression in Arabidopsis, Current Opinion in Plant Biology 6:29-35.
3. Chanvivattana, Y. A. Bishop, D. Schubert, C. Stock, Y.-H. Moon, Z. R. Sung
and J. Goodrich. 2004. Interaction of Polycomb-group proteins controlling
flowering in Arabidopsis. Development 131:5263-5276.
4. Calonje, M., and Z. R. Sung. 2006. Complexity beneath the silence. Current
Opinion in Plant Biology. 6: (In press).
5. Yoshida, N., Nanai Y., Chen L., Kato Y., Hiratsuka J., Miwa, T., Sung Z. R., and
Takahashi S., 2001, EMBRYONOIC FLOWER 2, a novel Polycomb Group protein
homolog, mediates shoot development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 13:2471-2481.
Five Other Significant:
1. Avsian-Kretchmer O., Cheng J., Chen L., Moctezuma E., and Sung Z. R., 2002,
Indole acetic acid distribution coincides with vascular differentiation pattern
during Arabidopsis leaf ontogeny, Plant Physiol. 130: 199-209.
2. Vernoux T., Wilson R., Seeley K., Reichheld J., Muroy S., Brown S.,
Maughan S., Cobbett C., Van Montagu M., Inze D., May M., and Sung Z. R., 2000,
The ROOT MERISTEMLESS1/CADMIUM SENSITIVE2 gene defines a
glutathione-dependent pathway involved in initiation and maintenance of cell
division during postembryonic root development. Plant Cell. 12: 97-109.
3. Aubert D., L. Chen, Y. H. Moon, D. Martin, L. A. Castle, C. H. Yang, Z. R. Sung.
2001. EMF1, a novel protein involved in the control of shoot architecture and
flowering in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 13: 1865-75.
4. Henderson, J., H. Li, S. D, Rider, A. P. Mordhorst, J. Romero-Severson, J.
Cheng, J. Robey, Z. R. Sung, S. C. de Vries, J. Ogas. 2004. PICKLE acts
throughout the plant to repress expression of embryonic traits and may play a role
in GA-dependent responses. Plant Physiology.134:995-1005.
5. Lertpiriyapong K. and Z. R. Sung. 2003. The elongation defective1 mutant of
Arabidopsis is impaired in the gene encoding a serine-rich secreted protein. Plant
Molecular Biology. 53:581-595.
d. Synergistic activities
1. Advisor, Rockefeller Foundation, Rice Biotechnology program in China
2. Advisor and reviewer for various Agricultural Biotechnology programs, promoting
the establishment of the Rice Genome Project in Taiwan
3. Creation of a website for teaching plant developmental biology at the undergraduate
level at UC Berkeley by providing on-line teaching material for Plant Biology 150,
Plant cell and Developmental Biology,
4. Created the Shanghai Institute of Biological Science-UC Berkeley Center for
International collaborative research
5. Established innovative programs to promote student diversity, e.g., Director of
Summer Research Opportunity Program for underrepresented students and
Graduate Diversity Grants Program, UC Berkeley
e. Collaborators and Other Affiliations
i. Collaborators in the past 4 years
Xue Hong-Wei and Da Lua, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Chinese
Academy of Science
Justin Goodrich, Edinburgh, England
Tong Zhu, Syngenta Cop. North Carolina, CA
ii. Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors
Douglas McLaren, Department of Plant and Soil Biology, UC Berkeley, deceased
Ethan Signer, Department of Biology, MIT. Retired, currently Director of Heredity
Disease Foundation, N.Y., N.Y.
iii. Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate Sponsor to individuals in the past 5 years
Avsian-Kretchmer, Research Scientist, Stanford Medical School, Stanford, CA
Bai Shunong, Professor of Biology, Beijing University, Beijing, China
Jim Mattsson, Professor of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Dominique Aubert, Research Scientist, Novozymes A/S, Bagsværd, Denmark
Lingjing Chen, Research Associate, Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
Yong-Hwan Moon, Professor of Molecular Biology, Pusan National Univ. Korea
Kvin Lertpyriyapoon, Graduate Student, Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology, UCB
Myriam Calonje, Postdoc, Department of Plant and Mirobial Biology, UC Berkeley
Rosario Sanchez, Postdoc, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
Rieko Nishimura, Postdoc, Carnegie Institute of Plant Biology, Stanford
Wendy Lin, Postdoc, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
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