Jeanne M. Harris
Associate Professor of Plant Biology
Ph.D. 1996, University of California, San Francisco
Office: 315 Jeffords Hall
Research Area: signaling networks, developmental genetics, plant-microbe interactions
Courses Taught: Plant Physiology (PBIO 104); Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (PBIO 295); Plant Developmental Genetics (PBIO 295)
Summary of Research Program
Plants of the legume family have the unique ability to form a symbiotic association with soil bacteria, collectively known as Rhizobium, that results in the formation of nitrogen-fixing nodules on the root of the host plant. An exchange of molecular signals between plant and bacterium trigger the plant to form nodules, which the bacteria subsequently infect. Inside, the Rhizobia differentiate into a form that can fix atmospheric nitrogen into ammonium.
My lab is interested in the evolution and development of legume nodules. In particular, we are interested in signaling networks within the plant that regulate nodule formation as well as in the evolution of nodulation. Our primary study system is the interaction between the model legume, Medicago truncatula and its rhizobial symbiont, Sinorhizobium meliloti.
Evolution of a predisposition for nodulation within the Leguminosae.
Role of the LATD gene in root meristem function and ABA signaling.
Regulation of the rhizobium-legume symbiosis by Jasmonic Acid.
A genetic screen for development genes with a role in nodulation.
|Harris lab (2013), left to right: Chang Zhang (grad student), Jeanne Harris (PI), Yucan Zhang (grad student), Parna Gosh (grad student), Gianna Sassi (grad student), Beck Powers (undergrad student), Matt Clayton (undergrad student), Christine Ondzighi-Assoume (postdoc).|
- Leran, S. Varala, K., Boyer, J.C., Chiurazzi, M., Crawford, N., Daniel-Vedele, F., David, L., Dickstein, R., Fernandez, E., Forde, B., Gassmann, wl, Geiger, D., Gojon, A., Gong, J. M., Halkier, B.A., Harris, J. M., Hedrich, R., Limami, A.M., Fentsch, D., Seo, M., Tsay, Y.F., Zhang, M., Coruzzi, G., Lacombe, B. (2013). A uniﬁed nomenclature of NITRATE TRANSPORTER 1/PEPTIDE TRANSPORTER family members in plants. Trends in Plant Sciences (in press)
- Harris, Jeanne Marie* and Dickstein, Rebecca*. (2010). Review: Control of root architecture and nodulation by the LATD/NIP transporter. *Joint corresponding authors. Plant Signaling and Behavior, 5(11): 1386 – 1390.
- Yendrek, C.†, Yi-Ching Lee†, Viktoriya Morris†, Yan Liang, Catalina I. Pislariu, Graham Burkhart, Matthew H. Meckfessel, Mohammad Salehin, Hilary Kessler, Heath Wessler, Melanie Lloyd, Heather Lutton, Alice Teillet, D. Janine Sherrier, Etienne-Pascal Journet, Harris, J. M*. and R. Dickstein*. (2010). A putative transporter is essential for integrating nutrient and hormone signaling with lateral root growth and nodule development in Medicago truncatula. †Co-first authors *Joint corresponding authors. The Plant Journal, 62(1): 100-112. (Cover photo of journal accompanies article.)
- Ding, Y., Kalo, P., Yendrek, C., Sun, J., Liang, Y., Marsh, J., Harris, J. M. and Oldroyd, G. E. D. (2008). Abscisic acid coordinates Nod factor and cytokinin signaling during the regulation of nodulation. The Plant Cell, 20: 2681-2695.
- Liang, Y., Mitchell, D. M. and J. M. Harris. (2007). Abscisic Acid rescues the root meristem defects of the Medicago truncatula latd mutant. Developmental Biology 304(1):297-307.
- Sun, J., Cardoza, V., Mitchell, D. M., Bright, L., Oldroyd, G., and J. M. Harris. (2006). Crosstalk between Jasmonic acid, ethylene and Nod factor signaling allows integration of diverse inputs for regulation of nodulation. The Plant Journal 46:961-970.
- Liang, Y. and J. M. Harris. (2005). Response of root branching to Abscisic Acid is correlated with nodule formation both in legumes and non-legumes. American Journal of Botany 92:1675-1683.
- Bright, L. J., Liang, Y., Mitchell, D. M. and J. M. Harris. (2005). The LATD gene of Medicago truncatula is required both for nodule and root development. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 18(6):521-532.
- Harris, J. M., Wais, R. J. and S. R. Long. (2003). Rhizobium-induced calcium spiking in Lotus japonicus. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 16(4):335-341.
- Harris, J. M. (2002). Commentary: Shedding light on an underground problem. PNAS 99:14616-14618.
- Frugoli, J. and J. M. Harris (2001). Medicago truncatula on the move! The Plant Cell 13:458-463.