Chris Wolverton (Department Chair)

Professor of Botany/Microbiology

Education

  • B.S., Miami University
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University

About

Chris Wolverton’s research interests include how plants integrate signals such as light, touch, and gravity to influence growth and development. His lab uses a combination of mutants, transgenic approaches, and reporter gene studies along with a custom hardware and software system that combines real-time image analysis with motor control to study the dynamics of sensory output and growth regulation. He is currently funded by NASA for a spaceflight experiment investigating the threshold for gravity perception and to characterize the cellular systems that transduce the gravity signal into cellular information.

Courses

  • Plant Physiology
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Advanced Molecular Techniques
  • Seminars

Areas of Interest / Expertise

  • Primary root gravitropism (directional growth response related to gravity)
  • Lateral root gravitropic signaling and root system architecture
  • Root phototropism
  • Plant development
  • Plant molecular genetics
  • Confocal microscopy

Publications

  • Overbey, Eliah G., Amanda M. Saravia-Butler, Zhe Zhang, Komal S. Rathi, Homer Fogle, Willian A. da Silveira, Richard J. Barker, et al. (2021) NASA GeneLab RNA-Seq Consensus Pipeline: Standardized Processing of Short-Read RNA-Seq Data. IScience 24, no. 4 (April 23, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2021.102361.
  • Kiss, J. Z., Wolverton, S. C., Wyatt, S. E., Hasenstein, K. H., & van Loon, J. J. W. A. (2019). Comparison of Microgravity Analogs to Spaceflight in Studies of Plant Growth and Development. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.01577
  • Roberts, B. R., & Wolverton, C. (2018) Transpiration and Drought Stress Recovery of Three Zinnia Cultivars. Journal of Environmental Horticulture, 36(3), 108-113.
  • Roberts, B. R., Wolverton, C., & Janowicz, L. (2017). The impact of substrate and irrigation interval on the post-transplant root growth of container-grown zinnia and tomato. Journal of Environmental Horticulture, 35(1), 1–5.
  • Roberts, B. R., Wolverton, C., & West, S. (2015). Evaluation of a Substrate-applied Humectant to Mitigate Drought Stress in Young, Container-grown Plants. J Environ. Hort., 33(3), 137–141.
  • Wolverton, C. (2015). Quantification of Root Gravitropic Response Using a Constant Stimulus Feedback System. In E. B. Blancaflor (Ed.), Plant Gravitropism (Vol. 1309, pp. 23–30). New York: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2697-8
  • Bai, H., Murali, B., Barber, K., & Wolverton, C. (2013). Low phosphate alters lateral root setpoint angle and gravitropism. American Journal of Botany, 100(1), 175–182. https://doi.org/10.3732/ajb.1200285
  • Bai, H., & Wolverton, C. (2011). Gravitropism in lateral roots of Arabidopsis pgm-1 mutants is indistinguishable from that of wild-type. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 6(10), 1423–1424. https://doi.org/10.4161/psb.6.10.16963
  • Wolverton, C., Paya, A. M., & Toska, J. (2011). Root cap angle and gravitropic response rate are uncoupled in the Arabidopsis pgm-1 mutant. Physiologia Plantarum, 141(4), 373–382. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1399-3054.2010.01439.x
  • Wolverton, C., & Kiss, J. Z. (2009). An Update on Plant Space Biology. Gravitational and Space Biology Bulletin, 22(2).

Contact Info

Location

Schimmel/Conrades Science Center #339
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3503
E scwolver@owu.edu