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Dr. Viktor Kirik

Associate Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • BSC 204.Sec 005 Biological Investigations
  • BSC 346.Sec 001 Developmental Biology
  • BSC 495.Sec 002 Graduate Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 299.Sec 016 Independent Honor Study
  • BSC 499.Sec 007 Independent Research For The Masters Thesis
  • BSC 290.Sec 039 Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 599.Sec 002 Research In The Biological Sciences
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Cell Biology, developmental biology
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Cell division and cell expansion are essential for proper tissue and organ formation during growth and development. We are interested in molecular mechanisms which determine division plane selection and orientation of cell expansion in growing plant cells. Plant cells are surrounded by rigid cell walls which fix their positions relative to neighbors. Positioning of new cell walls during cell division, and orientation of cellulose microfibrils during cell expansion are crucial in tissue and organ development. Microtubules (MTs) plays an integral role in both of these processes and our research is focused on understading how the MT cytoskeleton guides cell division and cell expansion.
  • Ph D - 1998
  • Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Germany
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
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  • 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.
  • Walia A, Nakamura M, Moss D, Kirik V, Hashimoto T, Ehrhardt DW. (2014). GCP-WD mediates g-TuRC recruitment and the geometry of microtubule nucleation in interphase arrays of Arabidopsis. Current Biology 24, 2548-2555.
  • Atkinson S, Kirik A, Kirik V. (2014). Microtubule array reorientation in response to hormones does not involve changes in microtubule nucleation modes at the periclinal cell surface. Journal of Experimental Botany 2014;
doi: 10.1093/jxb/eru325.
  • Lipka E, Gadeyne A, Stoeckle D, Zimmermann S, De Jaeger G, Ehrhardt DW, Kirik V, Van Damme D, Mueller S. (2014). The Phragmoplast-Orienting Kinesin-12 class proteins translate the positional information of the preprophase band to establish the cortical division zone in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Plant Cell, 26, 2617–2632.
  • Cheong MS, Kirik A, Kim JG, Frame K, Kirik V, Mudgett MB. (2014). AvrBsT acetylates Arabidopsis ACIP1, a protein that associates with microtubules and s required for immunity. PLOS Pathogens 10 (2), e1003952.
  • Lindeboom JJ, Nakamura M, Hibbel A, Shundyak K, Gutierrez R, Ketelaar T, Emons AM, Mulder BM, Kirik V, Ehrhardt DW. (2013). A mechanism for reorientation of cortical microtubule arrays driven by microtubule severing. Science 342, 1245533.
  • Suo B, Seifert S, Kirik V. (2013). Arabidopsis GLASSY HAIR genes promote trichome papillae development. Journal of Experimental Botany 64, 4981-4991
  • Ambrose C, Ruan Y, Gardiner J, Tamblyn LM, Catching A, Kirik V, Marc J, Overall R, Wasteneys GO. (2013). CLASP interacts with sorting nexin 1 to link microtubules and auxin transport via PIN2 recycling in Arabidopsis thaliana. Developmental Cell 24, 649-659.
  • Kirik A, Ehrhardt DW, Kirik V. (2012) TONNEAU2/FASS regulates the geometry of microtubule nucleation and cortical array organization in interphase Arabidopsis cells. The Plant Cell 24(3): 1158-70.
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • Research Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2015
  • Faculty Research Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2013
  • Appreciation award for the service to the Louis Stokes Alliance for minority participation
  • Illinois State University
  • 2012
  • Appreciation award for the service to the Louis Stokes Alliance for minority participation
  • Illinois State University
  • 2011
  • Pre-tenure Faculty Research Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2011
  • Pre-tenure Faculty Research Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2011
  • New Faculty Research Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2010
  • New Faculty Research Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2010