- John Mullet
- BioBio / 306A
- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Colgate University (1976)
- Graduate Education
- Ph.D. University of Illinois, Champaign (1980)
- Postdoc. Rockefeller University (1980-83)
- Joined Texas A&M in 1983
Functional Genomics of Plants
Functional genomics, bioinformatics, and DNA chip technology are fundamentally changing research on biological systems. Knowledge of complete genome sequences and high resolution genome technology provide an extraordinary opportunity to understand complex biological processes and to relate detailed understanding of protein structure and biochemical mechanism to the function of whole organisms and biological systems in nature.
Our research team is helping to build genome maps and DNA diagnostic microarrays/chips for analysis of global gene expression and biodiversity. This new technology is being used to explore the molecular basis of several fundamental plant responses: (1) light responsive genetic systems that help protect plants from damage by high intensity UV/blue light; (2) genetic systems that allow plants to adapt to the environment; (3) genes and signal transduction pathways that help protect plants from insects and disease; and (4) genes that regulate plant development (flowering time, fertility restoration, chloroplast development/number).
McCormick, RF, Truong, SK, Mullet, JE. 3D Sorghum Reconstructions from Depth Images Identify QTL Regulating Shoot Architecture. Plant Physiol. 2016;172 (2):823-834.
Kebrom, TH, Mullet, JE. Transcriptome Profiling of Tiller Buds Provides New Insights into PhyB Regulation of Tillering and Indeterminate Growth in Sorghum. Plant Physiol. 2016;170 (4):2232-50.
Truong, SK, McCormick, RF, Rooney, WL, Mullet, JE. Harnessing Genetic Variation in Leaf Angle to Increase Productivity of Sorghum bicolor. Genetics. 2015;201 (3):1229-38.
McCormick, RF, Truong, SK, Mullet, JE. RIG: Recalibration and interrelation of genomic sequence data with the GATK. G3 (Bethesda). 2015;5 (4):655-65.
Kebrom, TH, Mullet, JE. Photosynthetic leaf area modulates tiller bud outgrowth in sorghum. Plant Cell Environ. 2015;38 (8):1471-8.
Borrell, AK, Mullet, JE, George-Jaeggli, B, van Oosterom, EJ, Hammer, GL, Klein, PE et al.. Drought adaptation of stay-green sorghum is associated with canopy development, leaf anatomy, root growth, and water uptake. J. Exp. Bot. 2014;65 (21):6251-63.
Truong, SK, McCormick, RF, Morishige, DT, Mullet, JE. Resolution of genetic map expansion caused by excess heterozygosity in plant recombinant inbred populations. G3 (Bethesda). 2014;4 (10):1963-9.
Yang, S, Murphy, RL, Morishige, DT, Klein, PE, Rooney, WL, Mullet, JE et al.. Sorghum phytochrome B inhibits flowering in long days by activating expression of SbPRR37 and SbGHD7, repressors of SbEHD1, SbCN8 and SbCN12. PLoS ONE. 2014;9 (8):e105352.
Borrell, AK, van Oosterom, EJ, Mullet, JE, George-Jaeggli, B, Jordan, DR, Klein, PE et al.. Stay-green alleles individually enhance grain yield in sorghum under drought by modifying canopy development and water uptake patterns. New Phytol. 2014;203 (3):817-30.
Yang, S, Weers, BD, Morishige, DT, Mullet, JE. CONSTANS is a photoperiod regulated activator of flowering in sorghum. BMC Plant Biol. 2014;14 :148.