Graduate and Postdoc Positions

June 29, 2017

Positions are available for motivated scientists to test gene expression and epigenetic changes in plant hybrids and polyploids with a research focus on elucidating molecular mechanisms for hybrid vigor and seed development in Arabidopsis or fiber cell development in cotton. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Genetics, Computational Biology or related areas with solid training in plant science, molecular biology, and epigenetics.

First Step Taken Toward Epigenetically Modified Cotton

May 31, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas, May 31, 2017 — With prices down and weather patterns unpredictable, these are tough times for America’s cotton farmers, but new research led by Z. Jeffrey Chen at The University of Texas at Austin might offer a break for the industry. He and a team have taken the first step toward a new way of breeding heartier, more productive cotton through a process called epigenetic modification.

Upland cotton: an improved sequence will advance fiber, fuel and food applications

April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire: A consortium led by Z. Jeffrey Chen of The University of Texas at Austin and Jane Grimwood and Jeremy Schmutz of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has made publicly available a significantly improved high-quality genome sequence of Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum).

June 3, 2013

September 26, 2016

In 2008, Jeff Chen caused a stir in the world of plant biology when he identified a key mechanism of "hybrid vigor" in the common experimental plant, Arabidopsis. Now, thanks to NSF...he and his colleagues are expanding their investigation of hybrid vigor to corn, which is the biggest crop in the United States. Advances in understanding hybrid vigor in corn could lead to big increases in yield. Full Story

April 11, 2012

September 26, 2016

Seed size is controlled by small RNA molecules inherited from a plant's mother, a discovery from scientists at the University of Texas at Austin that has implications for agriculture and understanding plant evolution. NSF News from the Field and Full Story

December 20, 2011

September 26, 2016

Jeff Chen is elected as a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In November 2011, the AAAS Council elected 539 members as AAAS Fellows. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on 18 February 2012 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.