Douglas Van Hoewyk
B.S. Bates College
Ph. D. Colorado State University
Courses: Biological Science I (BIOL 121), Plant Physiology (BIOL 349)
Research Interests: I am a plant biologist interested in learning how plants tolerate abiotic stress, particularly heavy metals often found in the environment. My research uses molecular biology techniques to better understand how plants can be manipulated to possibly better serve society. For example, my current interests include discovering how plants (1) can be used as a renewable source for biofuels and (2) their potential role in phytoremediation, which is the use of plants to naturally clean and remediate contaminated soil.
Van Hoewyk, D., et al. 2008. Transcriptome and biochemical analyses give insight into selenium-stress responses and Se tolerance mechanisms in Arabidopsis. Physiologia Plantarum, 132, 236-253.
Van Hoewyk, D. 2007. Using a case-study article to effectively introduce mitosis. Journal of College Science Teaching 37, 12-14.
Van Hoewyk, D., et al. 2007. Chloroplast iron-sulfur cluster protein maturation requires the essential cysteine desulfurase CpNifS. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 104, 5686-5691.
Van Hoewyk, D., et al. 2005. Overexpression of CpNifS enhances selenium tolerance and accumulation in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 139, 1518-1528.
Van Hoewyk, D., et al. 2001. Endomychorrizal colonization of Dasiphora floribunda, a native plant species of calcareous wetlands in eastern New York state, USA. Wetlands. 21 (3): 431-436.