Bryan Thines is interested in the systems that regulate cellular change and in understanding plant stress and survival in adverse conditions. He has been focusing on the ubiquitin 26S-proteasome system (UPS), which drastically alters cell physiology by selectively removing target proteins. This regulatory system is required for important biological processes, ranging from hormone signaling in plants to cell cycle progression in humans, where its mis-regulation has been associated with some types of cancer. Thines and his students are using functional genomic and molecular genetic approaches to identify novel roles for UPS genes that are turned on by environmental stresses. The topic is timely as global climate change will impact plant life, agricultural productivity, and food security worldwide. Thines’ publications include articles in Nature, Plant Signaling and Behavior, Methods in Molecular Biology, and Current Opinion in Plant Biology. He teaches Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Introductory Biology.
B.S., State University of New York-Plattsburgh, 2000; Ph.D., Washington State University, 2006