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Bill Thompson

Distinquished University Professor


Partners Building III 360B


Area(s) of Expertise

Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Gene Expression, Epigenetics, DNA Replication

My two main research projects at present involve DNA replication and epigenetics.  One is a large collaboration involving colleagues at three major institutions that seeks to characterize DNA replication programs in Arabidopsis and maize under different developmental circumstances and elucidate the mechanism whereby epigenetic marks are transmitted to daughter chromosomes in mitosis.  The other is a local collaboration with Dr. George Allen in which we seek to clarify the molecular mechanism by which matrix attachment regions affect transgene expression and silencing.


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Ph.D., Plant Physiology, University of Washington (1970)
B.A., Biology, Princeton University (1966)