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Arthur R. Grossman
Present Position: Staff Member (Since 1982) Professor by courtesy
Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Biology
Department of Plant Biology Stanford University
260 Panama Street Herrin Hall
Stanford, California, 94305 Stanford, California 94305
Telephone: (650) 325-1521
Past Position: Assist. Professor by courtesy, 1982-1989, Dept of Biology, Stanford University
Assoc. Professor by courtesy, 1989-2000, Dept of Biology, Stanford University
Education and Research Experience:
Postdoctoral Fellow. 1978-1982. The Rockefeller University, Department of Cell Biology. Research: Uptake of Polypeptides into chloroplasts.
Ph.D. 1978. Indiana University, Department of Biological Sciences. Dissertation: Characterization of Photosynthetic Mutants in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
B.S. with Honors. 1973. Brooklyn College, New York. Major in Biology.
Honors, Services and Fellowships:
2009 Steering committee, Joint Genome Institute
2009 Recipient Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal (National Academy of Sciences)
2008-2009 National Resources Defense Council Algal Biofuels Advisory Committee
2007 Editorial Board Eukaryotic Cell
2005-2009 Editorial Board Annu Rev Genet
2004 Geographical represented for the International Society of Photosynthesis Research (elected position)
2002 Darbaker Prize for work on microalgae (Botanical Society of America)
2000-2008 Editorial Board, Current Genetics
2000-2003 Scientific Advisory Board for the Wallenberg Consortium North
2000 Advisory Committee, Arizona State University Consortium to establish a NSF funded Biotechnology Center
2000-2004 Editorial Board, Plant and Cell Physiology
2000 Organizer of Symposium ‘The Dynamics and Evolution of Light Harvesting Complexes (to honor Elizabeth Gantt)
1999 Coorganizer of Symposium to Honor the retirement of Olle Bjórkman
1998 Organizer of US-Japan Binational Meeting (Asilomar, CA)
1997-2010 Editorial Board, Journal of Phycology
1996-98 Editorial Board, Journal of Biological Chemistry
1996 Guest on the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Genetics (1998, Vol. 32)
1995 Plenary Lecture - Japan Society of Plant Physiologists (March)
1995 Coordinator for the Organization of the Plant Biology Retreat
1994 Member of AIBS panel to evaluate joint projects in plant biology
1994 Editor-Seminars in Cell Biology "Light regulation in photosynthetic organisms" (Autumn, 1994)
1994 Organizer of the Plant Biology Retreat
1993 Guest on the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Genetics (1995 Vol. 29)
1993 Organizer Cyanobacterial Workshop at Asilomar
1993 Guest Teacher in Marine Molecular Phycology Course at Friday Harbor
1992 Recipient-Nehru University, Dept of Biotechnology Fellowship to work in India for 3 months (January - April 1992)
1992 Guest Teacher in Marine Molecular Phycology Course at Friday Harbor
1992 Organizer of the Carnegie Seminar Series
1991 Member Photosynthesis Panel (USDA)
1991 Help in organization of conference on tetrapyrrols (Solicited by Paul Castelfrance)
1990 Editorial Board Journal of Plant Growth Regulation
1989 Member NSF Panel - Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
1988 Organizer of the Carnegie Seminar Series
1988 Participated in the organization of the C. Stacy French Symposium on Photosynthesis.
1988 Member NSF Panel - Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
1987 Member Program Committee “Molec. Biol. of Cyanobacteria Workshop, St. Louis, MO, July 17-19
1987 Member of Photosynthesis Panel (USDA)
1987 Organizer of the Carnegie Seminar Series
1987-93 Editorial Board Plant Physiology
1985 Guest Member of .Editorial Board for the Annu. Rev. of Plant Physiology (1987 Vol.)
1985 Member of Plant Molecular Biology Panel (USDA)
1984 Member of NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship Panel
1979-81 National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
1977 Floyd Fellowship
1974-97 National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
1972 L. Whorley Award in Biology
1968-72 New York State Regents Scholarship
Phi Beta Kappa
American Society of Plant Physiologists
1982-2002 Numerous ad hoc reviews for NSF and USDA, and some for NIH and DOE (as well as for a number of international agencies). I have also done numerous reviews for a variety of journals including Science, Nature, PNAS, The Plant Cell, EMBO Journal, The Plant Journal, Molecular Microbiology, Plant Physiology and Journal of Bacteriology.
1. Thirteen lectures in course on algae and fungi (offered once every couple of years).
2. Lectures in Plant Molecular Biology course (every time it is offered).
3. Lectures in Plant Biochemistry course (every other year).
4. Plant Physiology lectures. Selected lectures in 2000 and 2001 on the molecular aspects of anion assimilation.
5. Biology 301. A lecture each year to introduce students to work in my laboratory (every year).
6. 2009 – Freshman course at Stanford University – From photosynthesis to biofuels.
1976 Indiana Univ., Laboratory section of the Physiology Course.
1984, 1990, Stanford Univ., Course on Algae and Fungi (with Sarah Fultz) - thirteen lectures each time.
1987-1995 Stanford Univ., Plant Molecular Biology and Plant Biochemistry courses (team taught; Sharon Long, Virginia Walbot, Peter Ray, and Neil Hoffman). Generally, I give between 5 and 10 lectures a year for various courses in the Biology Department of Stanford University.
1983-1993 Helped in organization of several seminar courses. Gave two or three lectures in Biology 301 yearly.
1993-2010 Numerous guest lectures in various courses including Plant Biochemistry, Marine Microbiology (Hopkins Marine Station), Plant Molecular Biology.
1992/1993 Course on Molecular Biology of Marine Algae (with Lynda Goff and Annette Coleman).
Former Graduate Students:
Laura Green. Sulfur Acquisition in Anacystis nidulans. Grad. August 1988. Present Position: Research Associate, University of Missouri in Columbia.
Eugenio deHostos. The Derepressible Arylsulfate in C. reinhardtii. Grad. November 1988. Research Associate, Cytokinetics Inc.
Jackie Collier. The Degradation and Biosynthesis of Phycobilisomes and Assembly of the Photosynthetic Apparatus in Anacystis nidulans. Associate Professor, SUNY Stony Brook Marine Sciences Research Center
Elena Casey. Molecular Genetic Analysis of Complementary Chromatic Adaptation. Grad. May 1996. Elena Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, Department of Biology.
Dennis Wykoff. Acclimation of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to phosphate limitation. Grad. July 1999. Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, San Francisco (Just accepted job at Villanova).
Claire Granger. Acclimation of Arabidopsis to phosphorus limitation. Grad. May 1999 (Masters Student). Marketing Agent for Clonetech
Former Postdoctoral Fellows:
John Coleman. 1984. Dept. of Botany, Univ. of Toronto, Professor.
Terri Lomax. 1986. Dept. of Botany, Oregon State Univ., Professor.
Peggy Lemaux. 1987. Dept. of Molecular Plant Biology, Univ. of California-Berkeley, Professor
Pamela Conley. 1988. Pathology Dept. (with Jerry Crabtree), Stanford Medical School, Research Associate.
Maryse Block. 1988. Laboratory Physiologie Vegetale, Grenoble, France, Senior Staff Scientist.
Nancy Federspiel. 1989. Senior scientist, Human Genome Project, Department of Genetics Stanford University.
Lamont Anderson. 1990. Dept. of Biology, Colorado College, Professor.
David Laudenbach. 1991. Univ. of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, Assistant Professor (Deceased).
Jill Ray. 1991. NIH, Washington, DC, Research Associate.
Gisela Chiang. 1992. Baxter Scientific Laboratories.
Michael Schaefer. 1993. National Institutes of Health, Program Director.
Kirk Apt. 1996. Martek Biosciences Corporation, Columbia, MD, Vice-President of Research.
Kris Niyogi. 1997. University of California, Berkeley, CA., Associate Professor.
John Davies. 1998. Exelixis Pharmaceuticals, Portland Oregon, Senior Scientist.
David Kehoe. 1998. Indiana University, Bloomington, IA, Associate Professor.
Rakefet Schwarz. 2000. Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel, Associate Professor.
Lorraine van Waasbergen. 2000. University of Texas in Arlington, Assistant Professor.
Devaki Bhaya. 2001. Carnegie Institution of Washington, Staff Associate.
Qingfang He. 2002. University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Assistant Professor.
Martin Lohr. 2003. University of Mainz, Research Associate.
Wing-On Ng. 2002. Stanford University, Research Associate.
Chung-Soon Im. 2006. Research Scientist, Solazyme Inc
Oliver Kilian. 2007. Aurora Biotechnology.
Anne Steunou, 2007. CNRS Postion, Gif-sur-Yvette.
Florence Mus, 2008. Junior manager, Metabolic Explorer, Saint- Beauzire FRANCE.
Jeffrey Moseley. 2009. Aurora Biofuels.
Shaun Bailey. 2009. Aurora Biofuels.
David Gonzalez-Ballester. Researcher, University of Cordoba, Spain
Present Graduate Students:
Wirulda Pootakham. Acclimation of Chlamydomomas to sulfur deprivation.
Kate Rose Mackey. Photosynthesis and nutrient deprivation responses in marnine cyanobacteria.
Melissa Adams. Cyanobacteria of the hotsprings.
Blaise Hamel. Photosynthesis at high temperatures.
Zubin Huang. Examination of photosynthetic function using AFM.
Present Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Associates:
David Dewez. The genes and proteins of the green lineage: Unknowns associated with photosynthetic function.
Mark Heinnickel. The genes and proteins of the green lineage: Unknowns associated with photosynthetic function.
Claudia Cattalanotti. The acclimation of Chlamydomonas to anoxia.
Wenqiang Yang. The acclimation of Chlamydomonas to anoxia.
Eva Nowack. The evolution of plastids.
Joint project with Martek Biosciences Corporation in Columbia, MD. Molecular manipulation of chromophytic algae to facilitate production of metabolites and specific lipids (1993-2000).
Consultant for Exelixis Pharmaceuticals.
Chief of Genetics, Solazyme (2007-present)
External Support Since 1995:
2010-2014 From the genome to photosynthetic function (NSF $732,000 total)
2010-2012 The Porphyra model system and the need for transformation (NSF $65,362 total)
2008-2011 Acclimation of Chlamydomonas to sulfur deprivation conditions (NSF $450,000 total).
2007-2010 Filling knowledge Gaps in Biological Networks: Integrated global approaches to understand H2 metabolism in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (NSF $600,000 total).
2003-2010 Chlamydomonas Genomics: Photosynthesis and acclimation (NSF $3,197,682).
2004-2008 Probing acclimation responses in Prochlorococcus ecotypes through analyses of global gene expression. NSF Oceanography ($500,000 total)
2004-2007 Generation of bioelectricity in algae. GCEP ($450,000 total)
2003-2008 Do species matter in microbial communities? NSF ($5,000,000 - total for the consortium)
2004-2006 The role of the STAS domain in sulfur deprivation. USDA (180,000)
2003-2008 Chlamydomonas genomics: Photosynthesis and acclimation. NSF ($3,100,000 - total for the consortium).
2002-2004 Acclimation of Chlamydomonas to phosphorus starvation. USDA ($90,000)
2001-2005 Genetic dissection of photoprotection and characterization of npq mutants. NSF ($460,000).
2001-2002 Global analysis of acclimation processes in cyanobacteria. NSF ($100,000).
2000-2003 Analysis of gene expression during acclimation of cyanobacteria to stress conditions. NSF International Program ($21,000). This grant is for travel and collaborative work with Daniel Vaulot in Roscoff.
1999-2002 Analysis of the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii genome: A model unicellular system for analyzing gene function and regulation in vascular plants. NSF ($3,300,000, approximately $2,000,000 of that comes to Carnegie and the rest to other institutions that are participating in the project).
1998-2001 Dissection of nutrient deprivation responses in cyanobacteria. NSF ($300,000).
1998-2001 Defining the regulation if the blue/UV-A light inducible hliA gene. USDA ($210,000).
1998-1999 US-Japan Binational Conference; The effects of environmental conditions on CO2 fixation and the photosynthetic apparatus. NSF ($12,000).
1998-2000 The use of transformation in diatoms. NSF/Martek Corporation (subcontract for $150,000).
1996-1999 Acclimation of Chlamydomonas to sulfur limitation: Regulation and survival. USDA ($202,000).
1996-1999 Photobiology and genetic analysis of complementary chromatic adaptation. NSF ($300,000)
1996-1999 The acclimation of a photosynthetic eukaryote to phosphorus limitation. NSF International Program (33,000). Collaborative work with Hideaki Usuda and Kosuke Shimogawara.
1997-1999 High light and blue-UV-A regulated light responses in photosynthetic organisms. USDA ($140,000).
1994-1996 NblA/TxlA and the biosynthesis of the photosynthetic apparatus. USDA ($100,000).
1993-1996 Gene transfer in marine algae. Martek ($72,000).
1992-1995 Regulation and targeting of light harvesting proteins in marine diatoms. NSF ($230,000). Neil Hoffman as co-PI.