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Dr Harley Smith

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In 1993, Dr. Smith completed his BS degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the University of California, San Diego. A few months later, Harley entered into the Genetics Graduate Program in the Department of Energy-Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University and studied how proteins are transported into the nucleus in plant cells. After receiving his PhD, Dr. Smith performed his post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. During this period, he studied the interaction of key transcription factors and their role in regulating meristem function and plant architecture. In 2004, Dr. Smith took a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Riverside. From 2004 to 2012, Harley developed a project showing that key meristem functioning genes control flower formation by maintaining lateral organ boundaries. In addition, Harley investigated the development basis of biennial bearing in avocado. Dr. Smith also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in plant cell and developmental biology. In 2012, Dr. Smith moved to Adelaide to lead the CSIRO Rootstock Breeding Team aimed at developing new grapevine rootstocks with durable resistance to root knot nematode and phylloxera. In addition to his research in grapevine, Dr. Smith also leads a project focused on maximizing yield and reducing seasonal variation in avocado.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1993

    B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    University of California, San Diego

  • 1998

    PhD in Genetics
    DOE-Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University

Professional Experiences

  • 2004-2012

    Assistant Professor of Plant Cell Biology
    University of California, Riverside

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