Eve Mellgren

Eve Mellgren, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Biology

Dr. Eve Mellgren studies how the bacteria strain Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato strain DC3000 causes disease on the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. P. syringae infects plants by entering into leaves through natural openings, and grows to high levels in the space between plant cells. Molecular genetic techniques are used to identify P. syringae genes that are required to cause disease in plants. Her lab is also investigating the involvement of the plant hormone auxin in P. syringae pathogenesis.

She earned a Ph.D. at Washington University in Saint Louis and wrote her dissertation on pigment pattern genetics and development in the zebrafish (Danio rerio). She also did postdoctoral work at Washington University, focusing on the identification of virulence genes in the plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato strain DC3000.

  • BIO 200 General Biology
  • BIO 315 Genetics
  • BIO 319 Plant Genetics and Biotechnology
  • BIO 331 Developmental Biology
  • BIO 413 Molecular Genetics
  • BIO 492 Independent Research
  • BIO 495 Honors Independent Research
  • BIO 100 Principles of Biology
  • BID 109 Astrobiology: Life in the Universe
  • Ebert, Z.*, Jacob, P.*, Jose, K.*, Fouad, L.*, Vercellino, K.*, VanDorn, S.*, Sidiqqi, M.*, and Mellgren, E. M. Malate:Quinone Oxidoreductase and Malic Enzyme are required for the plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae tomato DC3000 to utilize malate American Journal of Undergraduate Research 13 (2): 65-72.
  • Tribus, M.* and Mellgren, E. M. (2015) The Pseudomonas syringae dctA1 gene is required for growth on three C4-dicarboxylates and is not included in the phoP-phoQ BIOS 86 (1):10-19
  • Hultman, K. A. and Mellgren E. M. (2014) “Fetching SNPs: A Dog Genotyping Laboratory for Undergraduate Biology.” Genetics Society of America Peer-Reviewed Education Portal (GSA PREP): 2014.001; doi: 10.1534/gsaprep.2014.001
  • Mellgren, E.M. Kloek, A. and Kunkel, B.N. (2009) MQO, a tricarboxylic acid cycle enzyme, is required for virulence of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato strain DC3000 on Arabidopsis Journal of Bacteriology 191 (9): 3132-3141.
  • Sheets, L. Ransom, D.G. Mellgren, E.M. Johnson, S.L. and Schnapp, B.J. (2007) Zebrafish Melanophilin Facilitates Melanosome Dispersion by Regulating Dynein Current Biology 17: 1721–1734.
  • Mellgren, E.M. and Johnson, S.L. (2006) pyewacket, a new zebrafish fin pigment pattern mutant. Pigment Cell Research 19 (3): 232-238.
  • Mellgren, E.M. and Johnson, S.L. (2005) kitb, a second zebrafish ortholog of mouse Kit Development, Genes, and Evolution 215(9): 1-8.
  • Mellgren, E.M. and Johnson, S.L. (2004) A requirement for kit in embryonic zebrafish melanocyte differentiation is revealed by melanoblast delay. Development, Genes and Evolution 214(10): 493-502.
  • Mellgren, E.M. and Johnson, S.L. (2002) The Evolution of Morphological Complexity in Zebrafish Stripes. Trends in Genetics 18: 128-134.
  • Rawls, J.F. Mellgren, E.M. and Johnson, S.L. (2001) How the Zebrafish Gets its Stripes. Developmental Biology 240: 301-314.
  • Parichy, D.M. Mellgren, E.M. Rawls, J.F. Lopes, S. Kelsh, R. and Johnson, S. (2000) Mutational Analysis of endothelin receptor b1 (rose) during neural crest and pigment pattern development in the zebrafish, Danio rerio. Developmental Biology 227: 294-306.

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