Beautiful LED lights in the PGEC greenhouses
The lab November 2016
Infiltrating N. benth. to assess protein-protein interactions.
In front of the USDA-ARS-WRRC building. Harmon Lab, 2013.
The summer field. Photographer: Aaron Sluis
Carine Marshall & Frank Harmon extracting RNA

The Harmon lab studies the plant circadian clock and the processes it affects. In plants, the circadian clock regulates central plant activities, such as growth and reproduction, by controlling gene expression and protein activity. We are investigating multiple facets of the circadian clock: signaling pathways, clock-regulated processes, the function of individual clock components, and the structure of the circadian clock in different plant species. Our experimental systems are the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the crop plants Zea mays and Sorghum bicolor. We anticipate that our studies will contribute to a more complete understanding of the function of the plant circadian clock and provide tools to apply this knowledge in crops. 

Our lab is part of the Plant Gene Expression Center, which is a collaboration between the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture and the Plant and Microbial Biology Department of the University of California, Berkeley.

Welcome new and continuing Cal students!

UC Berkeley student Chloe Bantock returns to the lab for fall 2017 along with new students Adem Talant and Parkesh Suseendran.

Grad student Carine Marshall finishes her PhD!

Carine Marshall completed her degree in August 2017. Her thesis is titled "Control of Alternative Splicing by SICKLE/WARP2 is Required for Adaptation of the Plant Circadian Clock to Cool Temperatures".

Kyle Lewald finishes his senior thesis.

Undergraduate researcher Kyle Lewald finished his senior thesis December 2016. The title of his thesis is "Characterizing the Role of WARP2-LIKE in Growth and Circadian Rhythm of Sorghum bicolor".

Welcome rotation student Dhruv Patel!

Dhruv Patel, who was an undergraduate at Cornell, is rotating in the Harmon Lab the beginning of Fall Semester 2016.

Carine Marshall's paper published in The Plant Cell!

Graduate student Carine Marshall's work on the warp2 mutant is published in The Plant Cell.

Welcome visiting masters student Vicki Hsieh-Feng

Vicki Hsieh-Feng, a student from National Taiwan University, is visiting the lab this fall.

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