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Dr. A. Mark Settles

Office:Room 3, Plant Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
For more information, visit Dr. Settles' website. 

Vasil-Monsanto Professor of Plant Cell and Molecular Biology

Areas of Research

  • Maize Genetics and Genomics
  • Seed Development
  • Seed Phenomics

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. – State University of New York at Stony Brook (1998)
  • B.A. -  University of Delaware (1993)

Teaching Responsibilities

Work and International Experiences

  • Chair, Maize Genetics Steering Committee, 2015
  • Co-Chair, Maize Genetics Steering Committee, 2014
  • Visiting Professor, Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, October, 2012
  • Director, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, University of Florida, 2011-present
  • Graduate Coordinator, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, University of Florida, 2009-2011
  • Vasil-Monsanto Associate Professor, University of Florida, 2007-2013
  • Vasil-Monsanto Assistant Professor, University of Florida, 2000-2007
  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Florida, 1999-2000
  • Graduate Assistant, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, 1994-1998
  • NIH Pre-doctoral Fellow, SUNY at Stony Brook, New York, 1993-1994

Honors and Awards

  • Univerisyt of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 2016
  • HHMI Science for Life Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor Award, 2010
  • USDA Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2000

Program Personnel

  • Chi-Wah Tseung, Senior Biological Scientist
  • John Baier, Senior Biological Scientist
  • Jeff Gustin, Post-doctoral Associate
  • Fang Bai, Post-doctoral Associate
  • Janaki Mudunkothge, Post-doctoral Associate
  • Junya Zhang, Post-doctoral Associate

Recent Publications

  • Gabay-Laughnan S., Settles A.M., Hannah L.C., Porch T.G., Becraft P.W., McCarty D.R., Koch K.E., Zhao L., Kamps T.L., Chamusco K.C., Chase C.D. (2018) Restorer-of-Fertility Mutations Recovered in Transposon-Active Lines of S Male-Sterile Maize. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 8(1):291-302. doi: 10.1534/g3.117.300304.

  • Lappe R.R., Baier J.W., Boehlein S.K., Huffman R., Lin Q., Settles A.M., Hannah L.C., Stewart J.D., Scott M.P., Myers A.M., Hennen-Bierwagen T.A. (2018) Functions of maize genes encoding pyruvate phosphate dikinase in developing endosperm. Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A. 115(1):E24-E33. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1715668115.

  • Hacisalihoglu G., Settles A.M. (2017) Quantification of seed ionome variation in 90 diverse soybean (Glycine max) lines. J. Plant Nutrition, 40(20): 2808-2817. doi:10.1080/01904167.2017.1382528.

  • Gault C.M., Martin F., Mei W., Bai F., Black J.B., Barbazuk W.B., Settles A.M. (2017) Aberrant splicing in maize rough endosperm3 reveals a conserved role for U12 splicing in eukaryotic multicellular development. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 114(11):E2195-E2204. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1616173114

  • Bai F., Daliberti M., Bagadion A., Xu M., Li Y., Baier J., Tseung C.W., Evans M.M.S., Settles A.M. (2016) Parent-of-origin effect rough endosperm mutants in maize. Genetics. 204(1):221-31. doi: 10.1534/genetics.116.191775.

  • Hacisalihoglu G., Gustin J.L., Louisma J., Armstrong P., Peter G.F., Walker A.R., Settles A.M. (2016) Enhanced single seed trait predictions in soybean (Glycine max) and robust calibration model transfer with near infrared reflectance spectroscopy. J. Agr. Food Chem. 64(5): 1079-1086. 

  • Bai F., Settles A.M. (2015) Imprinting in plants as a mechanism to generate seed phenotypic diversity. Frontiers in Plant Science 5: 780.