James Umen, Ph.D.

James Umen, Ph.D.

I maintain a diverse and interdisciplinary research program aimed at answering fundamental questions in eukaryotic cell biology, evolution and development using the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (Chlamydomonas) and Volvox carteri (Volvox)

Member
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Adjunct Professor
Biology

Plant and Microbial Biosciences Program
Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program

  • evolution, sex and mating, genetics, cell biology, size control, cell cycle, algae, Chlamydomonas, Volvox, biofuel

  • I maintain a diverse and interdisciplinary research program aimed at answering fundamental questions in eukaryotic cell biology, evolution and development using the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (Chlamydomonas) and Volvox carteri (Volvox), as well as some of their close relatives in the volvocine algal family. Green algae are the smallest and simplest members of the green plant lineage, and are an ecologically important group of organisms for their role in the global carbon cycle.  They are also excellent models for many areas of basic plant biology and for eukaryotic cell biology. Our research takes advantage of unique aspects of Chlamydomonas and Volvox to answer questions that can ultimately impact agriculture and human health.