Michael's students and students from the University of Tennessee and
from City University of New York at Staten Island will be helping
their professors in a project to examine the impact of transporters
inside cells on successful germination of rice seeds. Principal
investigator Mark Lubkowitz, associate professor of biology at Saint
Michael's College, has been awarded a $170,700 grant over three
years from the National Science Foundation, as announced April 10,
Dr. Mark Lubkowitz
The collaborative research project, officially titled
"The role of oligopeptide transporters in germinat-
ing rice seeds," will be directed by Professor Lubkowitz at Saint
Michael's, with parts of the study being carried out by his
co-investigators from Tennessee and CUNY.
Professor Lubkowitz, who earned his doctorate at the University of
Tennessee and is now in his seventh year at Saint Michael's College,
described the grant as having the potential to affect plant
reproductive success through increasing our understanding of amino
acid unloading. This knowledge, he said, could enhance future
breeding practices and transgenic technologies in cereal crops.
Undergraduate student researchers at the three participating
institutions will carry out much of the work of the research
project, thereby learning their way into serious laboratory work.
Professor Lubkowitz's students will complete the plant molecular
biology components of the project.
Professor Lubkowitz and his wife Ginger reside in Richmond, Vt.,
with their two children.