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Julie Thole, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Courses Taught

Principles of Biology I, Principles of Biology II, Principles of Genetics, Molecular Techniques Lab


B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests

Thole is a plant molecular geneticist, and her research interests range from cell biology and microscopy to plant development and hormone responses, using the model organism Arabidopsis. Thole collaborates with Brian Downes, Ph.D., , using Arabidopsis to study the role of the Membrane-anchored Ubiquitin-fold (MUB) proteins. Additionally, she is studying the role of abscisic acid in root elongation. 

Publications and Media Placements

Thole, J.M. and L.C. Strader. Next-generation sequencing as a tool to quickly identify causative EMS-generated mutations. Plant Signal Behav. (2015) 10(5):e1000167. doi: 10.1080/15592324.2014.1000167.

J.M. Thole, E.R. Beisner, J. Liu, S.V. Venkova, and L.C. Strader. Abscisic acid controls root elongation through the activities of auxin and ethylene. G3 (2014) 4(7):1259-74.

J.M. Thole, P.F. Perroud, R.S. Quatrano, and M. Running. Prenylation is required for polar cell elongation, cell adhesion, and differentiation in Physcomitrella patens. Plant Journal (2014) 78(3):441-451.

J.E. Vermeer, J.M. Thole, J. Goedhart, E. Nielsen, T. Munnik, T.W. Gadella Jr. Imaging phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate dynamics in living plant cells. Plant Journal (2009) 57(2):356-72.

J.M. Thole and E. Nielsen. Phosphoinositides in plants: novel functions in membrane trafficking. Current Opinion in Plant Biology (2008) 11(6):620-631.

J.M. Thole, J.E.M. Vermeer, Y. Zhang, T.W.J. Gadella, and E. Nielsen. ROOT HAIR DEFECTIVE 4 encodes a phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphatase required for proper root hair development in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell (2008) 20(2):381-395.

M.L. Preuss, A.J. Schmitz, J.M. Thole, H.K.S. Bonner, and E. Nielsen. A role for the RabA4b effector protein, PI-4Kβ1, in polarized expansion of root hair cells in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Cell Biology (2006) 172(7):991-998.

J.M. Thole, T.F.B. Kraft, L.A. Sueiro, Y. Kang, J.J. Gills, M. Cuendet, J.M. Pezzuto, D.S. Seigler, and M. Lila. A comparative evaluation of the anticancer properties of European and American elderberry fruits. Journal of Medicinal Food (2006) 9(4):498-904.