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Michelle Barthet

Assistant Professor

Photo Not AvailableB.S. Auburn University
M.S. Appalachian State University
Ph.D. Virginia Tech

Email: mbarthet@coastal.edu
Phone: 843-349-2013
Fax: 843-349-2201
Office - SCI 221A


Courses:  Fundamentals of Genetics Lab (BIOL 350L), Biological Science 121 (BIOL 121)

Research Interests: I am interested in the molecular evolution of the chloroplast-encoded maturase matK as a factor of post-transcriptional gene regulation in plants. My research on this maturase involves examining evolutionary oddities in matK gene structure, determining the impact of MATK function on whole plant physiology and investigating the relationship between the structural evolution and function of this important maturase. I am also interested in factors that influence localization of dual-targeted proteins.

Selected Publications:

Smith C, Barthet M, Melino V, Smith P, Day D, and Soole K. 2011. Alterations in the mitochondrial alternative NAD(P)H dehydrogenase NDB4 lead to changes in mitochondrial electron transport chain composition, plant growth and response to oxidative stress. Plant Cell Physiol 52: 122-1237

Armstrong AF, Badger MR, Day DA, Barthet MM, Smith PM, Millar AH, Whelan J, and Atkin OK. 2008. Dynamic changes in the mitochondrial electron transport chain underpinning cold acclimation of leaf respiration. Plant Cell Environ 31: 1156-69

Carrie C, Murcha M W, Kuehn K, Duncan O, Barthet M, Smith PM, Eubel H, Meyer E., Day D. A., Millar H. and Whelan J. 2008. Type II NAD(P)H dehydrogenases are targeted to mitochondria and and chloroplasts or peroxisomes in Arabidopsis thaliana. FEBS Lett 582: 3073-3079

Barthet MM and Hilu KW. 2008. Evaluating evolutionary constraint on the rapidly evolving gene matK using protein composition. J Mol Evol 66: 85-97

Barthet MM and Hilu KW. 2007. Expression of matK: functional and evolutionary implications. Am J Bot 94: 1402-1412


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