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Sarah Wyatt

Professor, Environmental and Plant Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Porter 508
Phone: 740.593.1133

Research Interests: Plant Growth, Plant Responsiveness, Genetics, Molecular Biology

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Purdue, 1995.

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-Revised (1)

  • Wyatt, S., Dolph, A., Avery, A., Carpita, N. Plasma membrane to cell wall adhesion and its role in response to biotic and abiotic stresses. IN: Current Issues in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology. Dordrecht: Kluwer Press; 22: 19-29.

Journal Article, In-House Journal (0)

Journal Article, Academic Journal (16)

  • Briju, B., Wyatt, S. Grocery Store genetics: Linking genotype to phenotype with PCR. American Biology Teacher.
  • Rothwell, G., Wyatt, S., Tomescu, A. Plant evolution at the interface of paleontology and developmental biology: an organism centered paradigm. 6. American Journal of Botany; 101: 899-913.
  • Tomescu, A., Wyatt, S., Hasebe, M., Rothwell, G. Early evolution of the vascular plant body plan - the missing mechanisms. . Current Opinions in Plant Biology; 17: 126-136.
  • Tomescu, A., Wyatt, S., Hasebe, M., Rothwell, G. Early evolution of the vascular plant body plan – the missing mechanisms. Elsevier Press: Current Opinion in Plant Biology; 17: 123-136.
  • Shen, K., Bunescu, R., Wyatt, S. Semi-supervised methods for automatic mining of related genes. Bioinformatics.
  • Wang, Y., Ballard, Jr., H., McNally, R., Wyatt, S. Gibberellic acid is involved in, but not sufficient to invert the closed status of the cleistogamous flowers in Viola pubescens.. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society; 140: 1-8.
  • Wyatt, S., Kiss, J. Plant Tropisms: From Darwin to the International Space Station. 1-3. American Journal of Botany; 100.
  • Withers, J., Shipp, M., Rupasinghe, S., Sukumar, P., Schuler, M., Muday, G., Wyatt, S. GRAVITY PERSISTENT SIGNAL 1 (GPS1) reveals a novel cytochrome P450 involved in gravitropism. . American Journal of Botany; 100: 183-193.
  • Schenck, C., Nadella, V., Clay, S., Lindner, J., Abrams, Z., Wyatt, S. Proteomics analysis identifies novel proteins involved in gravitropic signal transduction. American Journal of Botany; 100: 194-202.
  • Shen, K., Wyatt, S., Nadella, V. ArrayOU: a web application for microarray data analysis and visualization. 2. Journal of Bimolecular Techniques; 23: 37-39.
  • Sanders, H., Wyatt, S., Rothwell, G., , . Parallel Evolution of Auxin Regulation in Rooting Systems. Plant Systematics and Evolution; 291: 221-225.
  • Luesse, D., Schenck, C., Justus, B., Wyatt, S. GPS4 is allelic to ARL2. Gravitational and Space Biology; 23: 95-97.
  • Wyatt, S., Sederoff, R., Flaishman, M., Lev-Yadun, S. Arabidopsis thaliana as a model for gelatinous fiber formation. . 3. Russian Journal of Plant Physiology; 57: 363-367.
  • Liang, X., Shen, K., Lichtenberg, J., Wyatt, S., Welch, L. An integrated bioinformatics approach to the discovery of cis-regulatory elements involved in plant gravitropic signal transduction. 1. International Journal of Computational Bioscience ; 1: 33-54.
  • Sanders, H., Rothwell, G., Wyatt, S. Key Morphological Alterations in the Evolution of Leaves. . International Journal or Plant Science ; 170: 860-868.
  • Sanders, H., Wyatt, S. Leaf Evolution and Development: Advancing Technologies, Advancing Understanding BioScience . 17-26. Bioscience; 59.

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book (4)

  • Basu, P., Luesse, D., Wyatt, S. Proteomics approaches and their application to plant gravitropism. Springer.
  • Ballard, Jr., H., Cortes-Palomec, A., Feng, M., Wang, Y., Wyatt, S. The chasmogamous/cleistogamous mixed breeding system, a widespread and evolutionarily successful reproductive strategy in angiosperms, in, "Frontiers in Biodiversity Studies.". Bioscience Publications; 16-41.
  • Wyatt, S., Hawranick, S. “Linking general education courses to enhance student engagement” IN It Works for Us, Collaboratively. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.
  • Wyatt, S. "The ups and downs of gravity" in Biochemical & Molecular Responses of Plants to the Environment.. Trivandrum: Research Signpost; pp 45-55.

Conference Proceeding (3)

  • Lichtenberg, J., Alam, K., Bitterman, T., Drews, F., Ecker, K., Elnitski, L., Evans, S., Grotewold, E., Gu, D., Jacox, E., Kurz, K., Lee, S., Liang, X., Majmudar, P., Morris, P., Nelson, C., Stockinger, E., Welch, J., Wyatt, S., Yilmaz, A., Welch, L. Construction of Genomic Regulatory Encyclopedias: Strategies and Case Studies. Proceedings of the Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics, IEEE Computer Society press.
  • Shen, K., Wyatt, S., Welch, L. Finding cis-regulatory elements involved in plant gravitropic signal transduction. Toledo, Ohio: Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics.
  • Wyatt, S., Shen, K., Welch, L. Grappling with the Gravity Box. Toledo, Ohio: Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics.

Journal Article, Professional Journal (22)

  • Lev-Yadun, S., Wyatt, S., Flaishman, M. "Unconscious Selection and Domestication in "Wild-type" Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae)" . 1. International Journal of Plant Breeding; 4: 76-77.
  • Rothwell, G., Sanders, H., Wyatt, S., Lev-Yadun , S. A fossil record for growth regulation; the role of auxin in wood evolution.. 95. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden; 121-134.
  • Ballard, Jr., H., Wyatt, S. A model for course projects in organismal plant biology and evolution.. 69. American Biology Teacher ; 477-481.
  • Rothwell, G., Sanders, H., Wyatt, S. A paleontological context for the developmental mechanisms of evolution.. 178. International Journal of Plant Sciences ; 719-728.
  • Wyatt, S., Roberts, D., Nadella, V. ARF9 and the Gravitropic Persistence Signal response. . 20. Gravitational and Space Biology; 103-104.
  • Wyatt, S., Ballard, Jr., H. Arabidopsis ecotypes: A model for course projects in organismal plant biology and evolution. . 69. The American Biology Teacher ; 477-481.
  • Wyatt, S., Nadella, V., Hildenbrand , C. Transcription profiling of the gps1 mutant of Arabidopsis. . 20. Gravitational and Space Biology ; 155-156.
  • Wyatt, S., Nadella, V., Shipp, M., Muday, G. Evidence for altered polar and lateral auxin transport in the gravity persistent signal (gps) mutants of Arabidopsis. . 29. Plant Cell and Environment; 682-690.
  • Wyatt, S. Extending inquiry-based learning to include original experimentation. . 54. Journal of General Education ; 83-89.
  • Wyatt, S., Lev-Yadun , S., Flaishman, M. “The inflorescence stem fibers of Arabidopsis thaliana revoluta (ifl1) mutant”. 23. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation; 301-306 (cover).
  • Wyatt, S., Tsou, P., Robertson, D. Expression of the high capacity calcium-binding domain of calreticulin increases bioavailable calcium stores. . 11. Transgenic Research ; 1-10.
  • Wyatt, S., Rashotte, A., Shipp, M., Robertson, D., Muday, G. Mutations in the GPS loci in Arabidopsis disrupt the perception and/or signal transduction of gravitropic stimuli. . 130. Plant Physiology ; 1426-1435 (Featured in “On the Inside”).
  • Wyatt, S., Perrson, S., Love, J., Thompson, W., Robertson, D., Boss, W. The Ca+ status of the endoplasmic reticulum is altered by induction of calreticulin expression in transgenic plants. . 126. Plant Physiology; 1092-1104.
  • Wyatt, S., Collings, D., Carter, C., Rink, J., Scott, A., Allen, N. Plant nuclei can contain extensive grooves and invaginations.. 12. Plant Cell ; 2425-2439.
  • Wyatt, S., Scott, A., Tsou, P., Robertson, D., Allen, S. A model system for plant cell biology: GFP imaging in living onion epidermal cells.. 26. BioTechniques; 1127-1132 (cover).
  • Wyatt, S., Brown, C. Clinorotation. . 15. The American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology Newsletter; 22-23 and on-line.
  • Wyatt, S., Collings, D., Winter, H., Allen, N. Growth dynamics and cytoskeleton organization during stem maturation and gravity-induced stem bending in Zea mays. . 207. Planta; 246-258.
  • Wyatt, S., Gorshkova, T., Salnikov, V., Gibeaut, D., Ibragimov, M., Lozovaya, V., Carpita, N. Cell-wall polysaccharides of developing flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) plants. . 110. Plant Physiology ; 721-729 (cover).
  • Wyatt, S., Zhu, J., Shi, J., Singh, U., Bressan, R., Hasegawa, P., Carpita, N. Enrichment of vitronectin- and fibronectin-like proteins in NaCl-adapted plant cells and evidence for their involvement in plasma membrane-cell wall adhesion. . 3. Plant Journal ; 637-646.
  • Wyatt, S., Carpita, N. Plant cytoskeleton-exocellular matrix continuum.. 3. Trends in Cell Biology; 413-417 (cover).
  • Wyatt, S., Kuc, J. The accumulation of b-ionone and 3-hydroxy esters of -ionone in tobacco immunized by foliar inoculation with tobacco mosaic virus. . 82. Phytopathology; 580-582.
  • Wyatt, S., Pan, S., Kuc, J. b-1,3-Glucanase, chitinase, and peroxidase activities in tobacco tissues resistance and susceptible to blue mold as related to flowering, age, and sucker development. . 39. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology ; 433-440.

Book Review (2)

  • Wyatt, S. A ballet of plant movement. Science; 331: 1520.
  • Wyatt, S. Review of Plant Tropisms. 3. Blackwell Publishing, Ames, IA: The Quarterly Review of Biology; 83: 318-319.

Instructor's Manual (5)

  • Wyatt, S., Anderson, J., Brokaw, C., Dugan, J., Hawranick, S., Knott, D., Moore, D., Morrone, M., Simon-Westendorf, M., Thomas, M. Enhancing Critical Thinking in Introductory Courses. . Athens, OH: Ohio University, Scholarly Communities of Practice in Education (SCOPE);
  • Wyatt, S. "Project logs" and "Evaluation of student writing" IN "Writing across the Curriculum: an instructional CD-ROM" . Athens, OH: Center for Writing Excellence, Ohio University.
  • Wyatt, S. "Plant Gravitational Biology" IN "Space Biology: a multi-unit instructional CD-ROM. Raleigh, NC: The Space Programs, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science, North Carolina State University.
  • Wyatt, S. "Gravitropism" lecture and resource materials for the Plant Biology module for Space Biology: An Educator's Resource, a web base class on space biology for undergraduates. .
  • Wyatt, S. Why Study Plants. An on-line article in the Plant Educational Activity Package for S/MORE (Shuttle/Mir Online Research Experience).


  • Wyatt, S., Tsou, P., Robertson, D. Transgenic plants with increased calcium stores . US Patent # 6,753,462.