Dr. Amybeth Cohen, Biology

 

Degrees

Ph.D., Botany, University of California, Riverside, CA
June 1992, Thesis: ABA-induced gene expression during drought stress in tomato
B.A. with honors, Biology, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
May 1985, Senior project: Allelopathic interactions in Chlorokybus atmophyticus

Research Areas

  • Aug. 1997 – present, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
  • Characterization of nuclear-encoded genes in chloroplast gene expression; Population genetics of the Santa Ana River Woolly Star (Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum)
  • Oct. 1992 - July 1997, Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
  • Light-activated translation of the chloroplast-encoded psbA mRNA
  • July 1985 - Aug. 1987, Research Technician, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Expression of von Willebrand factor in transfected human cell lines
  • Sep. - Dec. 1996, Lecturer, Plant Physiology, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Sep. - Dec. 1995, Lecturer, Introductory Biology Laboratory, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Sep. - Dec. 1990, 1989, Teaching Assistant, General Botany, University of California, Riverside, CA

Courses Regularly Taught

  • Principles of Botany (BIOL241)
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology Lecture and Lab (BIOL273)
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology (BIOL312)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Lab (BIOL320L)
  • Principles of Gene Manipulation (BIOL412)
  • Plant Cell Physiology (BIOL445)
  • MARC Pro-seminar (BIOL480M)
  • Extra-nuclear Gene Expression (BIOL505T)

Publications

  1. Thompson, L. S., Pate, N., Sanchez, Y., Atallah, Y. C., Sandquist, D. R., Jones, E., and Cohen, A.  Establishing the genetic diversity of the endangered shrub, Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum (EDS) using isozyme markers. In preparation.
  2. Atallah, Y. C., Jones, E., Walker, S. E., Burk, J. H., Moskowitz, D. F., Clayton, H., Sandquist, D. R., Cohen, A. and Shropshire, F. M. Inter-annual rainfall influence on germination and establishment of Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum (Milliiken) H. Mason (Polemoniaceae), the Santa Ana River Woolly Star. Ecological Applications. Submitted.
  3. 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. In press.
  4. Alizadeh, D. and  Cohen, A.  2010. Red light and calmodulin regulate the expression of the psbA binding protein genes rb38 and rb60 inChlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Cell Physiology. 51: 312–322.
  5. 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.

Grants & Special Projects

Extramural Grants and Awards

  • NIH American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Supplement, Program Director, Cal State Fullerton MARC U*STAR Program Supplement, submitted May 28, 2009 (awarded: $64,092).
  • NIH MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Program, Program Director, Cal State Fullerton MARC U*STAR Program. June 2007 – May 2012 (awarded: $1,444,432).
  • San Bernardino County Flood Control District, Co-Investigator with Drs. Darren Sandquist and Eugene Jones, Santa Ana River Woolly-Star Preservation Area Biological Study. Sept. 2005 –2009 (awarded: $399,998).

Intramural Grants and Awards

  • CSUF Incentive Research Award, Isolation and Characterization of a Red Light Photoreceptor in the Unicellular Green Alga Chlamydomonas. Submitted Sept. 2010 (awarded: $10,000).
  • CSUF 2008-2009 Recognition as an Outstanding Teachers/Scholar for Promotion of Student Research and Creative Activities.
  • CSUF Junior/Senior/General Research Award, Determining the genetic diversity of Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum with RAPD and ISSR markers. Submitted May, 2008 (awarded: $2664).
  • CSUF 2007-2008 Recognition as an Outstanding Teachers/Scholar for Promotion of Student Research and Creative Activities.
  • University Mission and Goals Initiative, Co-Investigator with William Hoese. Development and Implementation of a Research Preparatory Program in the Department of Biological Science. Submitted March 2008.  (awarded: $20,000).
  • NSM Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Success, 2007 ($8431.20).
  • CSUF 2006-2007 Outstanding Faculty Recognition for Scholarly and Creative Activities, April 11, 2007.
  • CSU Program for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant, Isolation and Characterization of a Red Light Photoreceptor in the Unicellular Green Alga Chlamydomonas. Submitted Oct. 2006.  (awarded: $5000).

Student Grants and Awards

  • Faculty-Undergraduate Student Research /Creative Activity Grant. A putative phytochrome like photoreceptor regulates the expression of red light-induced psbA RNA binding protein genes in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Submitted October 2010, Co-investigator with Macarena Aloi (awarded: $1000).
  • ASI Student Research Grant. Submitted Oct. 2010, Ayse Bassari (awarded: $450).
  • ASPB Minority Affairs Travel Grant, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists, Honolulu, HI, July. 18-22, 2009. Yareli Sanchez (funded: airfare, room and board).
  • Jerome Wilson Memorial Science Scholarship. Department of Biological Science, Cal State Fullerton. 2009. Ayse Bassari ($500).
  • Faculty-Undergraduate Student Research /Creative Activity Grant. The Isolation and Characterization of a Phytochrome-like Gene in the Unicellular Green Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Submitted October 2008, Co-investigator with Keiko Tuttle (awarded: $1000).
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award in Ecology. 2008 SACNAS National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, Oct. 9-12, 2008, Yareli Sanchez.
  • Fleckles Fund  Award- Graduate Student travel Funding. Plant Biology and Botany 2007, Chicago, IL, July 7-11, 2007. Marcella Olave (granted: $500).
  • Faculty-Undergraduate Student Research /Creative Activity Grant. Genetic Variability Within the Santa Ana Woolly Star, Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum: Reanalysis Seventeen Years Later. Submitted March 2008, Co-investigator with Yareli Sanchez (awarded: $1000).
  • Faculty-Undergraduate Student Research /Creative Activity Grant. Genetic Evaluation of the Santa Ana Wooly Star Using Isozyme and RAPD Analysis. Submitted Oct. 2007, Co-investigator with Natalie Deleon (awarded: $1000).