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Dr. Kenneth C. Cline

Office:1109 Fifield Hall
For more information, visit Dr. Cline's website. 


Areas of Research

  • Structure and function of chloroplasts, chromoplasts, and etioplasts
  • Protein trafficking in cells

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Colorado-Boulder (1979)
  • B.S., Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan (1971)

Teaching Responsibilities

Work and International Experiences

  • Chair, IFAS-UF Faculty Assembly (2010-2011)
  • Director, Graduate Program in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (2001-2003)
  • Professor, Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida (1995-present)
  • Associate Professor, Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida (1989-1994)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Fruit Crops, University of Florida (1984-1989)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin (l979‑l984)

Honors and Awards

  • 1974-1978: Three consecutive years of University of Colorado pre-doctoral scholarships.
  • 1980-1983: National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1995: Invited symposium organizer and chair; American Society for Cell Biology.
  • 1996: Invited Speaker by NSF Plant Cell Biology Training Grant Graduate Students UC-Davis. 
  • 2000: Invited News and Views for Nature.
  • 2001: Invited Opponent at a Ph.D. Disputation; Botanical Institute; Gothenburg University, Sweden.
  • 2001: Selected to deliver Bob Buchanan Lecture by postdoctorals at UC-Berkeley.
  • 2003 – 2010: Editorial Board member J Cell Biol.

Program Personnel (grad students or technicians)

  • Mike McCaffery, Senior Biological Scientist
  • Xianyue Ma, Postdoctoral Associate
  • Yubing Li, Postdoctural Associate
  • Giovanni Aldama, Senior Honors student

Selected Publications 

  • Celedon JM, Cline K. 2013. Intra-plastid protein trafficking: How plant cells adapted prokaryotic mechanisms to the eukaryotic condition. Biochim Biophys Acta, 1833:341-351
  • Aldridge C, Storm A, Cline K, Dabney-Smith C. 2012The chloroplast twin arginine transport (Tat) component, Tha4, undergoes conformational changes leading to Tat protein transport. J Biol Chem. 287:34752-34763
  • Celedon JM, Cline K. 2012. Stoichiometry for binding and transport by the twin arginine translocation system.  J Cell Biol. 197:523-534
  • Ricardo A. O. Rodrigues, Marcio C. Silva-Filho and Kenneth Cline Plant Journal. 2011.  FtsH2 and FtsH5: Two homologous subunits use different integration mechanisms leading to the same thylakoid multimeric complex.  Plant J. 65: 600-609.
  • Skalitzky CA, Martin JR, Harwood JH, Beirne JJ, Adamczyk BJ, Heck GR, Cline K, Fernandez DE. 2011 Plastids contain a second sec translocase system with essential functions. Plant Physiol 155: 354-369
  • Ma X, Cline K. 2010. Multiple precursor proteins bind individual Tat receptor complexes and are collectively transported. EMBO J 29: 1477-1488
  • Martin JR, Harwood JH, McCaffery M, Fernandez DE, Cline K 2009. Localization and integration of thylakoid protein translocase subunit cpTatC. Plant J 58: 831-842
  • Dabney-Smith C, Cline K. 2009. Clustering of C-terminal stromal domains of Tha4 homo-oligomers during translocation by the Tat protein transport system. Mol Biol Cell. 20:2060-9.