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Dr. John Sedbrook

Professor of Genetics
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • BSC 365.Sec 001 Bioenergy Plant/Microbe Biology & The Environment
  • BSC 204.Sec 006 Biological Investigations
  • BSC 299.Sec 005 Independent Honor Study
  • BSC 499.Sec 008 Independent Research For The Master's Thesis
  • BSC 499.Sec 108 Independent Research For The Master's Thesis
  • BSC 290.Sec 027 Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 599.Sec 008 Research In The Biological Sciences
  • Ph D Genetics - 1997
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Smith, R.A., Cass, C.L., Mazaheri, M., Sekhon, R.S., Heckwolf, M., Kaeppler, H., de Leon, N., Mansfield, S.D., Kaeppler, S.M., Sedbrook, J.C., Karlen, S.D., and Ralph, J. (2017) Suppression of CINNAMOYL-CoA REDUCTASE increases the level of monolignol ferulates incorporated into maize lignins. Biotechnol. Biofuels. 10:109.
  • Karlen, S.D., Zhang, C., Peck, M.L., Smith, R.A., Padmakshan, D., Helmich, K.E., Free, H.C.A., Lee, S., Smith, B.G., Lu, F., Sedbrook, J.C., Sibout, R., Grabber, J.H., Runge, T.M., Mysore, K.S., Harris, P.J., Bartley, L.E., and Ralph, J. (2016) Monolignol ferulate conjugates are naturally incorporated into plant lignins. Science Advances. 2:e1600393.
  • Cass, C.L., Lavell, A.A., Santoro, N., Foster, C.E., Karlen, S.D., Smith, R.A., Ralph, J., Garvin, D.F., and Sedbrook, J.C. (2016) Cell wall composition and biomass recalcitrance differences within a genotypically diverse set of Brachypodium distachyon inbred lines. Frontiers Plant Sci. 7:708.
  • Petrik, D.L., Cass, C.L., Padmakshan, D., Foster, C.E., Vogel, J.P., Karlen, S.D., Ralph, J., and Sedbrook, J.C. (2016) BdCESA7, BdCESA8, and BdPMT utility promoter constructs for targeted expression to secondary cell-wall forming cells of grasses. Frontiers Plant Sci. 7:55.
  • Jordan, N.R. et al. (2016) Sustainable commercialization of new crops for the agricultural bioeconomy. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 4:000081.
  • Yang, Y, Munz, J., Cass, C., Zienkiewicz, A., Kong, Q., Ma, W., Sanjaya, Sedbrook, J., and Benning, C. (2015) Ectopic expression of WRI1 affects fatty acid homeostasis in Brachypodium distachyon vegetative tissues. Plant Physiology. 169:1836-1847.
  • Cass, C.L., Peraldi, A., Dowd, P.F., Mottiar, Y., Santoro, N., Karlen, S.D., Bukhman, Y.V., Foster, C.E., Thrower, N., Bruno, L.C., Moskvin, O.V., Johnson, E.T., Willhoit, M.E., Phutane, M., Ralph, J., Mansfield, S.D., Nicholson, P., and Sedbrook, J.C. (2015) Effects of PHENYLALANINE AMMONIA LYASE (PAL) knockdown on cell wall composition, biomass digestibility, and biotic and abiotic stress responses in Brachypodium. Journal of Experimental Botany. 66:4317-4335.
  • Sedbrook, J.C., Phippen, W.B., and Marks, M.D. (2014) New approaches to facilitate rapid domestication of a wild plant to an oilseed crop: example pennycress (Thlaspi arvense L.). Plant Science 227:122-132.
  • Petrik, D.L., Karlen, S.D., Cass, C.L., Padmakshan, D., Lu, F., Liu, S., Le Bris, P., Antelme, S., Santoro, N., Wilkerson, C.G., Sibout, R., Lapierre, C., Ralph, J., and Sedbrook, J.C. (2014) p-Coumaroyl-CoA:Monolignol Transferase (PMT) acts specifically in the lignin biosynthetic pathway in Brachypodium distachyon. The Plant Journal 77:713-726.
  • Galva, C., Kirik, V., Lindeboom, J.J., Kaloriti, D., Rancour, D.M., Hussey, P.J., Bednarek, S.Y., Ehrhardt, D.W., and Sedbrook, J.C. (2014) The Microtubule Plus-End Tracking Proteins SPR1 and EB1b Interact to Maintain Polar Cell Elongation and Directional Organ Growth in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell. 26:4409-4425.
  • Brkljacic, J. et al. (2011) Brachypodium as a model for the grasses: Today and the future. Plant Physiol. 157:3-13.
  • Vogel, J. et al. (2010) Genome Sequencing and Analysis of the Model grass Brachypodium distachyon. Nature 463:763-768.
  • Rozum, J.D., Kopsell, D.E., Bachman, G.R., Wiegand, B.R., Sedbrook, J.C., and Rhykerd, R.L. (2010). Impact of selected cultural practices on seedling growth of Osage orange (Maclura pomifera).  Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 103:1-12.
  • Stanga, J.P., Boonsirichai, K., Sedbrook, J.C., Otegui, M.S., and Masson, P.H. (2009) A role for the TOC complex in Arabidopsis root gravitropism. Plant Physiol. 149:1896-905.
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. 2012-2017. $125 million (~$126,000/year to Sedbrook).
  • USDA NIFA. 2014-2017. $1 million ($367,021 to Sedbrook). Advancing field pennycress as a new oilseed biodiesel feedstock that does not require new land commitments.
  • Induction into the ISU $1 million Club
  • Illinois State University
  • 2012