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.

Grad student Emma Kovak finishes her PhD!

PMB graduate student Emma Kovak finished her PhD in May 2019! Her thesis is titled "SICKLE is a putative splicing-associated protein required for normal intron lariat debranching".

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. S.M. Abdul-Awal joins the lab.

Visiting Scholar Dr. S. M. Abdul Awal joins the lab to study the role of the sorghum gigantea gene in flowering time, growth, and circadian rhythms. Dr. Awal's visit is generously supported by a fellowship from the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Welcome back continuing Cal students!

UC Berkeley students Parkesh Suseendran and Adam Talaat return to the lab for fall 2018.

Welcome new and continuing Cal students!

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

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".

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".


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