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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

  • 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
  • Christy Gault, Ph.D. Graduate
  • Junya Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Camila Ribeiro, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Mary Daliberti, Undergraduate Researcher
  • Emily Ankus, Undergraduate Researcher
  • Isabella Damiani, Undergraduate Researcher
  • Connor O'Brien, Undergraduate Researcher
  • Tori Cleaver, Undergraduate Researcher
  • Jean Louisma, Undergraduate Researcher

Selected Publications

  • Gault C.M., Settles A.M. (2014) Functional Genomics, In: Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding of Maize (eds. R. Wusirika, M. Bohn, J. Lai), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA, pp. 131-154.
  • Settles A.M., Bagadion A.M., Bai F., Zhang J., Barron B., Leach K., Mudunkothge J., Hoffner C., Bihmidine S., Finefield E., Hibbard J., Dieter E., Malidelis I.A., Gustin J.L., Karbolyte V., Tseung C.W., Braun D.M. (2014) Efficient molecular marker design using the MaizeGDB Mo17 SNPs and Indels track. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 4(6):1143-1145.
  • Gustin J.L., Jackson S., Williams C., Patel A., Armstrong P., Peter G.F., Settles A.M. (2013) Analysis of maize (Zea mays) kernel density and volume using microcomputed tomography and single-kernel near-infrared spectroscopy. J. Agric. Food Chem. 61:10872-10880.
  • Gustin J.L., Settles A.M. (2013) Machine vision for seed phenomics, in Seed Genomics (ed P. W. Becraft), Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. pp. 237-251.
  • Baxter I.R., Gustin J.L., Settles A.M., Hoekenga O.A. (2013) Ionomic characterization of maize kernels in the intermated B73 x Mo17 (IBM) population. Crop Sci. 53:208-220.
  • Hacisalihoglu G., Settles A.M. (2013) Natural variation in seed composition of 91 common bean genotypes and their possible association with seed coat color. J. Plant Nutrition 36(5):772-780.
  • Spielbauer G., Li L., Margl L., Do P.T., Fouquet R., Fernie A.R., Eisenreich W., Gierl A., Settles A.M. (2013) Chloroplast-localized 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase is critical for maize endosperm starch accumulation. J. Exp. Bot., 64:2231-2242.
  • Fouquet R. , Martin F., Fajardo D.S., Gault C.M., Gómez E., Tseung C.W., Policht T., Hueros G., Settles A.M. (2011) Maize Rough Endosperm3 encodes an RNA splicing factor required for endosperm cell differentiation and has a nonautonomous effect on embryo development. Plant Cell. 23(12):4280-4297.
  • Martin F., Dailey S., Settles A.M. (2010) Distributed simple sequence repeat markers for efficient mapping from maize public mutagenesis populations. Theor Appl Genet. 121(4):697-704.
  • Hacisalihoglu G., Larbi B., Settles A.M. (2010) Near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy predicts protein, starch, and seed weight in intact seeds of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). J Agric Food Chem. 58(2):702-706.
  • Spielbauer, G., Armstrong, P., Baier, J.W., Allen, W.B., Richardson, K., Shen, B., Settles, A.M. (2009) High-throughput near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy for predicting quantitative and qualitative composition phenotypes of individual maize kernels. Cereal Chem. 86(5):556–564. (full text)