September 22, 2015
Lincoln, Neb. — Steven Harris, professor in the Plant Pathology Department has received a $496,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled “Integrating Multiple Analyses to Understand Gene Regulatory Networks.”
Gene regulatory networks play a vital role in nearly every process of life as they are responsible for receiving environmental stimuli and translating these into activity inside the cell. In this project, Harris will develop new strategies for computer-based modeling, and hence understanding and predicting, behavior of complex gene regulatory networks.
This project also includes initiatives to advance undergraduate education by employing an interdisciplinary problem-based learning approach that will be comprised of multi-state teams that also involve graduate students.
Agricultural Research Division