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Jeremy Coate

Jeremy Coate

PhD, 2010

Jeremy Coate is a Post Doctoral Fellow at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Coate studied the evolution of photosynthesis in polyploids in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Doyle. His selected group of plants included several members that are closely related to soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merr. Fabaceae, and its wild relatives. Jeremy co-wrote a grant proposal with Jeff Doyle and Tom Owens titled "Physiology and molecular evolution of photoprotection in allopolyploids" that was funded by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems of NSF.

The evolution of photosynthesis in polyploids is an important area of research because polyploidy is ubiquitous in the evolutionary history of plants and can have pronounced effects on phenotype and functional traits such as photosynthesis. In addition, soybean, which is a paleopolyploid, is the third largest crop plant in the United States. Jeremy used chlorophyll fluorescence to compare photosynthetic phenotypes between neopolyploids and their diploid progenitors. At the same time, he used next-generation sequencing technology, as well as more targeted expression analyses (qRT-PCR), to profile and compare diploid and polyploid transcriptomes under various light conditions.

Jeremy is originally from Oregon, where he earned a B.A. in biology from Reed College and a M.S. in forest science from Oregon State University. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia (West Africa) for two years, where he worked on agroforestry projects with local farmers.