Amybeth Cohen

Contact Information

Office: MH 301A

Phone: 657-278-2178


Amybeth Cohen

Professor, Vice-Chair, & Director, MAXIMIZING Access to Research Careers Scholars Program


PhD, University of California Riverside

BA, Skidmore College

Research Areas

Regulation of photosynthetic gene expression in plant cells, nuclear-chloroplast interactions, expression of foreign therapeutic proteins in the unicellular green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Courses Regularly Taught

Genetics and Molecular Biology, Principles of Gene Manipulation, Plant Cell Physiology



Franklin, H. A., Stapp, P. and Cohen, A.. 2010. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) identification of blood meals confirms host sharing by flea vectors of plague. Journal of Vector Ecology. 35: 1-9.


Alizadeh, D. and Cohen, A. 2010. Red light and calmodulin regulate the expression of thepsbA binding protein genes rb38 and rb60 in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Cell Physiology. 51: 312–322 .


Barnes, D., Cohen, A., Bruick, R., Kantardjief, K., Fowler, S., Efuet, E. and Mayfield, S. P. 2004. Identification and characterization of a novel RNA binding protein that associates with the 5’-untranslated region of the chloroplast psbA mRNA. Biochemistry. 43: 8541-8550 .


Cohen, A., Yohn, C.B., Mayfield, S.P. 2001. Loss of D2 synthesis affects translation initiation of the psbA mRNA Chlamydomonas reinhardtii . J. Plant Physiol. 158: 1069-1075.


Cohen, A., Moses, M.S., Plant, Á.L., Bray, E.A. 1999. Expression of three drought-induced genes in the leaves of whole tomato plants exposed to a prolonged period of water deficit parallels increases in endogenous ABA content and decreases in relative water content. Plant Cell Env. 22: 989-998.