- 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).
McKinley, BA, Olson, SN, Ritter, KB, Herb, DW, Karlen, SD, Lu, F et al.. Variation in energy sorghum hybrid TX08001 biomass composition and lignin chemistry during development under irrigated and non-irrigated field conditions. PLoS ONE. 2018;13 (4):e0195863.
McCormick, RF, Truong, SK, Sreedasyam, A, Jenkins, J, Shu, S, Sims, D et al.. The Sorghum bicolor reference genome: improved assembly, gene annotations, a transcriptome atlas, and signatures of genome organization. Plant J. 2018;93 (2):338-354.
Hilley, JL, Weers, BD, Truong, SK, McCormick, RF, Mattison, AJ, McKinley, BA et al.. Sorghum Dw2 Encodes a Protein Kinase Regulator of Stem Internode Length. Sci Rep. 2017;7 (1):4616.
Kebrom, TH, McKinley, B, Mullet, JE. Dynamics of gene expression during development and expansion of vegetative stem internodes of bioenergy sorghum. Biotechnol Biofuels. 2017;10 :159.
Mullet, JE. High-biomass C4 grasses-Filling the yield gap. Plant Sci. 2017;261 :10-17.
Truong, SK, McCormick, RF, Mullet, JE. Bioenergy Sorghum Crop Model Predicts VPD-Limited Transpiration Traits Enhance Biomass Yield in Water-Limited Environments. Front Plant Sci. 2017;8 :335.
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.