Dr. Thomas Peterson

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Professor & Pioneer Chair in Maize Molecular Genetics

Dr. Peterson, Professor, received his B.S. (honors) in Zoology from the University of California-Davis, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Iowa State University in 1993 as an Associate Professor, Dr. Peterson was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO, Australia, Senior Staff Investigator at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (New York), and worked with the Genetics Program at SUNY-Stonybrook. In collaboration with the Department of Agronomy, Dr. Peterson is the Pioneer Chair in Maize Molecular Genetics.

Publications

  • Yu, C., Han, F., Zhang, J., Birchler, J., and T. Peterson.  2012. A transgenic system for generation of transposon Ac/Ds-induced chromosome rearrangements in rice.  Theor Appl Genet. 125: 1449 – 1462.
  • Xuan, Y.H., J. Zhang, T. Peterson, and C.D. Han. 2012. Ac/Ds-induced chromosomal rearrangements in rice genomes, Mobile Genetic Elements, 2:  67 – 71.Yu, C., Zhang, J., Pulletikurti, V., Weber, D.F., and Peterson, T. 2009. Spatial configuration of Ac termini affects their ability to induce chromosomal breakage. Submitted to The Plant Cell.
  • Yu, C., Zhang, J., and Peterson, T.  2011.  Genome Rearrangements in Maize Induced by Alternative Transposition of Reversed Ac/Ds Termini. Genetics 188: 59-67.
  • Vitte, C., Peterson, T., and J. Bennetzen.  2011.  Transposable elements and the evolving structure of the maize genome.  in Advances in Maize, in press (editor: J.-L. Prioul)
  • Xuan, Y.H., H.L. Pioa, B.I. Je, S.J. Park, S.H. Park, J. Huang, J. Zhang, T. Peterson, and C.D. Han, 2011.  Transposon Ac/Ds-induced chromosomal rearrangements at the rice OsRLG5 locus.  Nucleic Acids Research 39: 22 e149 doi:10.1093/nar/gkr718
  • Zhang, J., Yu, C., Krishnaswamy, L., and Peterson, T.  2011.  Transposable elements as catalysts for chromosome rearrangements Methods Mol Biol 701: 315-326.
  • Krishnaswamy, L., Zhang, J., and Peterson, T.  2010.  Fusion of reverse-oriented Ds termini following alternative transposition in Arabidopsis:  Implications for the mechanism of Ac/Ds transposition. Plant Cell Rep DOI 10.1007/s00299-010-0832-x
  • Yu, C., Zhang, J., Pulletikurti, V., Weber, D.F., and T. Peterson.  2010.  Spatial configuration of Ac termini affects their ability to induce chromosomal breakage. The Plant Cell 22:744-754.

 

Functional and Structural Genomics--Isolation and characterization of transposon-induced genome rearrangements via wet-lab and computational approaches.  Analysis of how transposable elements affect gene expression and genome structure.

Area of Expertise: 
Comparative Genomics
Education: 
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1984
B.S., University of California, Davis, 1976
Contact
515-294-6345
2258 Molecular Biology
Ames
Iowa
50011-3260