Eric Engstrom


Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Biology

B.A. Reed College 1993
Ph.D. Stanford University 2002

Office:  Bush Science Center, Room 118B
Phone: (407) 646-2453


Courses Taught:

  • Plant Physiology
  • Plants and Humanity
  • Journal Club


Professional Interests:

My research interests are in plant development and plant evolution.  Currently I am focusing upon analysis of HAIRY MERISTEM genes in the regulation of meristem function and upon the evolution of seed plant pathways of ethylene biosynthesis. 

Recent Publications and Presentations:

  • Engstrom E.M. (2012) Ham Proteins Promote Organ Indeterminacy.  But How?  Plant Signaling and Behavior. 7(2), 227-234.
  • Engstrom E.M. (2011) Phylogenetic analysis of GRAS proteins from moss, lycophyte and vascular plant lineages reveals that GRAS genes arose and underwent substantial diversification in the ancestral lineage common to bryophytes and vascular plants.  Plant Signaling and Behavior 6 (6), 850-854.
  • Banks J. A.,  Nishiyama T., Hasebe M, Bowman J.L., Gribskov M., dePamphilis C., Albert V.A., Aono N., Aoyama T., Ambrose B.A., Ashton V.A., Axtell M.J., Barker E., Barker M.S., Bennetzen J.L., Bonawitz N.D., Chapple C., Cheng C., Correa L.G.G., Dacre M., DeBarry J., Dreyer I., Elias M., Engstrom E.M. and a whole lot of others. (2011) The Selaginella genome identifies genetic changes associated with the evolution of vascular plants. Science. 332, 960-963.
  • Engstrom E.M., Andersen, C., Gumulak-Smith J., Hu J., Orlova E., Sozzani R., Bowman, J.L. (2011) Arabidopsis orthologs of the Petunia HAIRY MERISTEM gene are required for maintenance of shoot and root indeterminacy.  Plant Physiology 155, 735-750.