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Dr. L. Curtis Hannah

Office:Building 710
For more information, visit Dr. Hannah's website.

UF Research Foundation Professor

Areas of Research

  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Genetics
  • Starch Biosynthesis
  • Transposable Elements

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Genetics, University of Wisconsin (1973)
  • M.S., Genetics, Purdue University (1969)
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Purdue University (1967)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PCB 5056 – Advanced Genetics

Work and International Experiences

  • Control of maize leaf necrosis in Kenya and Uganda
  • Incorporation of high-temperature cereal yield genes into eastern Africa.
  • Visiting Scientist, Max-Planck Institute, Koln, Germany (1981)
  • Visiting Scientist, University of Arizona (1993)

Honors and Awards

  • UF Research Foundation Professor
  • Purdue Distinguished Alumnus Award

Program Personnel

  • Susan Boehlein, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor
  • Janine Shaw, Senior Biological Scientist
  • Brandon Futch, Field Supervisor

Selected Publications 

  • Boehlein SK, Shaw JR Georgelis, N and Hannah LC 2014 Enhanced heat stability of the maize endosperm ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase by manipulation of evolutionarily- identified amino acids.  Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 543: 1-9.

  • Boehlein SK, Shaw JR Seon HK, McCarty DR, Stewart J and Hannah LC 2013  The potato tuber, maize endosperm and a chimeric maize-potato ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase exhibit fundamental differences in Pi inhibition.  Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 537: 210-216.

  • Boehlein SK, Shaw JR Seon HK, Stewart J and Hannah LC 2013, Deciphering the kinetic mechanisms controlling selected plant ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylases. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 535:215-226.

  • Steiner, H-Y, Halpin C., Jez J., Kough J., Parrott W and , Hannah, LC.  2013 Evaluating the Potential for Adverse Interactions within Genetically Engineered Breeding Stacks.  Plant Physiol, 161: 1587-1594.

  • Parrot, W. P., Jez. J. and Hannah, L. C.  2012.  To be or not to be transgenic.  Nature Biotechnology, 30: 825 - 826
  • Hannah, L. C., Futch, B., Bing, J., Shaw, J., Boehlein, S. Stewart, J., Beiriger, R., Georgelis, N., and Greene, TW.  2012. A shrunken-2 transgene increases maize yield by acting in maternal tissues to increase the frequency of seed development.  Plant Cell, 24:2352-2363.
  • Barbaglia, A., Klusman, M., Higgins, J. Shaw, JR. Hannah LC, Lal, SK. 2012 Alternative Splicing and Read-Through Transcription Dramatically Augment the Diversity of Expression of Genes Captured in Helitrons. Genetics, 190:965-975.
  • Schlosser, A., Martin, J., Hannah, L. C., Giroux M. 2012.  The Maize Leaf Starch Mutation, agps-m1, Has Diminished Field Growth and Productivity. Crop Sci. 52(2): 700-706.
  • Zhang, J., J.M. Martin, B. Beecher, C. Lu, L.C. Hannah, M.L. Wall, I. Altosaar, and M.J. Giroux.  2010. The ectopic expression of the wheat puroindoline genes increase germ size and seed oil content in transgenic corn.  Plant Molecular Biology, 74:353-365.
  • Boehlein, Susan D, Janine Shaw, Jon Stewart and L. Curtis Hannah. 2010.  Studies of the kinetic mechanism of maize endosperm ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase uncovered complex regulatory properties.  Plant Physiology 152:1056-1064.
  • Boehlein, Susan D, Janine Shaw, L. Curtis Hannah and Jon Stewart. 2010.  Probing Allosteric Binding Sites of the Maize Endosperm ADP-Glucose Pyrophosphorylase.  Plant Physiology 152: 85-95