Horticultural Sciences Department

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Dr. Christine D. Chase


2215 Fifield Hall



Areas of Research

  • Plant molecular genetics
  • Pollen development
  • Programmed cell death
  • Organelle genetics, biogenesis and function

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Virginia (1981)
  • B.S., Science Education, Cornell University (1973)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PCB 5065 – Advanced Genetics
  • PCB 6528 – Plant Cell and Developmental Biology

Work and International Experiences

  • Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida (2004-present)
  • Associate Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida (1991-2003)
  • Director, Graduate Program in Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology (1995-1997)
  • Co-Director/Graduate Coordinator, Graduate Program in Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology (1993-1995)
  • Assistant Professor, Vegetable Crops Department, University of Florida (1985-1991)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, USDA-ARS Plant Research Unit, Gainesville, Florida (1983 – 1985)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Plant Pathology Department, University of Florida (1981 – 1983)
  • NIH Predoctoral Trainee in Genetics, University of Virginia Biology Department (1975-1978)

Selected Publications

  • Gabay-Laughnan S, Settles AM, Hannah LC, Porch TG, Becraft PW, McCarty DR, Koch KE, Zhao L, Kamps TL, Chamusco KC, Chase CD (2018) Restorer-of-Fertility Mutations Recovered in Transposon-Active Lines of S Male-Sterile Maize. G3 (Bethesda) 8:291-302

  • Ahmad A. Omar, AA, M Murata G, Q Yu, FG Gmitter, CD Chase, JH Graham,  and JW Grosser (2017) Production of three new grapefruit cybrids with potential for improved citrus canker resistance. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol —Plant. 53: 256-269 

  • Satpute AD, JW Grosser, C Chen, FG Gmitter Jr, P Ling, Q Yu, MR Grosser and CD Chase (2015) Accidental Cybridization of Grapefruit with ‘Dancy’ Mandarin Leads to Improved Fruit Characteristics.  J Amer Soc Hort Sci  140:427-435

  • López, Y, JC Seib, LE Sollenberger, KR Woodard, M Gallo, and CD Chase (2014) Genetic Diversity of Biofuel and Naturalized Napiergrass (Pennisetum purpureum). Invasive Plant Sci Mgt 7:229-236

  • Kamps, TL, NR Williams, VM Ortega, KC Chamusco, K Harris-Shultz, BT Scully, and CD Chase (2011) DNA polymorphisms at bermudagrass microsatellite loci and their use in genotype fingerprinting. Crop Sci 51:1122–1131

  • Chase, CD, A Ribarits and E Herberle-Bors (2010) Male Sterility. pp. 437-457 In: Plant Developmental Biology – Biotechnological Perspectives, Volume I (E-C Pua and M R Davey, eds) Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg; Chapter 21; ISBN is 978-3-642-02300-2
  • Okagaki, RJ, MS Jacobs, AO Stec, RG Kynast, E Buescher, HW Rines, MI Bales, O Riera-Lizarazu , M Schneerman, G Doyle,  KL Friedman, RW Staub, DF Weber, TL Kamps, IFE Amarillo, CD Chase,  HW Bass, RL Phillips (2008) Maize centromere mapping: a comparison of physical and genetic methods. Journal of Heredity 99:85-93
  • Chase, CD (2007) Cytoplasmic male sterility: a window to the world of plant mitochondrial-nuclear interactions. Trends in Genetics 23:81-90
  • Chase, CD (2006) Genetically engineered cytoplasmic male sterility. Trends in Plant Science 11:7-9
  • Gabay-Laughnan, S, CD Chase, VM Ortega and L Zhao (2004) Molecular-genetic  characterization of CMS-S restorer-of-fertility alleles identified in Mexican races of maize and teosinte. Genetics 166:959-970
  • Wen, L, KL Ruesch, VM Ortega, TL Kamps, S Gabay-Laughnan and CD Chase (2003) A nuclear restorer-of-fertility mutation disrupts accumulation of mitochondrial ATP synthase subunit α in developing pollen of S male-sterile maize. Genetics 165:771-779