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Patricia Klein

Klein, Patricia
Patricia Klein
Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture
Rm 154A, Borlaug Center









Texas A & M University          Horticulture          B.S. 1982
Texas Tech University             Crop Science         M.S. 1984
Texas A & M University          Biochemistry        Ph.D. 1989


2013-pres. Associate Head for Graduate Programs, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University
2002-pres. Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University
2002 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University
1997-2002 Assistant Professor, Dept. Biochemistry & Biophysics, Texas A&M University
1995-1997 Research Associate, USDA-ARS, Eastern Regional Research Center
1993-1995 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, University of Kentucky
1991-1993 NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky
1989-1991 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky


Development of genomic tools and resources in cereal crops to enable map base cloning of genes of economic/agronomic importance, to understand the underlying mechanisms that plants use to withstand abiotic stress, and to aid in the development of plant feedstocks for the emerging biofuels industry.


2012 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Interdisciplinary Research


2013 Invited panelist for DOE BER Workshop on Sustainable Bioenergy
2013 Panel member for USDA-NIFA
2011 Panel member for USDA-NIFA
1999-pres. Member of the Interdisciplinary Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences Program – TAMU
2002-pres. Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists
2012-pres. Member American Society of Horticultural Scientists
2005-pres. Associate Editor – The Plant Genome
2005-2013 Member of the Gramene Scientific Advisory Board
2007-2010 Kansas State University Sorghum Translational Genomics Program Scientific Advisory Board
2007 External grant reviewer for The Missouri Life Science Research Board
2005 Panel member for USDA-NRI
2004 Reviewer for Utah State University Center for Integrated Biosystems “Functional Genomics Seed Grant” program


1. Burrell, A.M., A.D. Sharma, N.Y. Patil, S.D. Collins, W.F. Anderson, W.L. Rooney and P.E. Klein (2014) Sequencing of an Anthracnose Resistant Sorghum Genotype and High Density Mapping of a Major QTL Reveal Strong Candidate Genes for Anthracnose Resistance. Crop Sci. In press.
2. Murphy, R.L., D.T. Morishige, J.A. Brady, W.L. Rooney, S. Yang, P.E. Klein and J.E. Mullet (2014) Ghd7 (Ma6) Represses Sorghum Flowering in Long Days: Ghd7 Alleles Enhance Biomass Accumulation and Grain Production. Plant Genome doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2013.11.0040.
3. Borrell, A.K., J.E. Mullet, B. George-Jaeggli, E.J. van Oosterom, G.L. Hammer, P.E. Klein, and D.R. Jordan (2014) Drought Adaptation of Stay-green Cereals Associated with Canopy Development, Leaf Anatomy, Root Growth and Water Uptake. J. Exp. Bot. doi: 10.1093/jxb/eru232.
4. Evans, J., R.F. McCormick, D. Morishige, S.N. Olson, B.Weers, J. Hilley, P. Klein, W. Rooney and J. Mullet (2013) Extensive Variation in the Density and Distribution of DNA Polymorphisms in Sorghum Genomes. PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079192.
5. Olson, A., R.R. Klein, D.V. Dugas, Z. Lu, M. Regulski, P.E. Klein and D. Ware (2013) Expanding and Vetting Sorghum bicolor Gene Annotations through Transcriptome and Methylome Sequencing. Plant Genome. doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2013.08.0025.
6. Morishige, D.T., P.E. Klein, J.L. Hilley, S.M.E. Sahraeian, A. Sharma and J.E. Mullet (2013) Digital Genotyping of Sorghum – A Diverse Plant Species with a Large Repeat-Rich Genome. BMC Genomics doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-448.
7. Dugas, D.V. , M.K. Monaco, A. Olsen, R.R. Klein, S. Kumari, D. Ware and P.E. Klein (2011) Functional Annotation of the Transcriptome of Sorghum bicolor in Response to Osmotic Stress and Abscisic Acid. BMC Genomics. 12: 514.
8. Murphy, R.L., R.R. Klein, D.T. Morishige, J.A. Brady, W.L. Rooney, F.R. Miller, D.V. Dugas, P.E. Klein and J.E. Mullet (2011) Coincident Light and Clock Regulation of PRR37 Controls Photoperiodic Flowering in Sorghum. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 108: 16469-16474.
9. Paterson, A.H., J.E. Bowers, R. Bruggmann, I. Dubchak, J. Grimwood, H. Gundlach, G. Haberer, U. Hellsten, T. Mitros, A. Poliakov, J. Schmutz, M. Spannagl, H. Tang, X. Wany, T. Wicker, A. Bharti, J. Chapman, F.A. Feltus, U. Gowik, I.V. Grigoriev, E. Lyons, C.A. Maher, M. Martis, A. Narechania, R.P. Otillar, B.W. Pennings, A.A. Salamov, Y. Wang, L. Zhang, N.C. Carpita, M. Freeling, A.R. Gingle, C.T. Hash, B. Keller, P. Klein, S. Kresovich, M.C. McCann, R. Ming, D.G. Peterson, M-Rahman, D. Ware, P. Westhoff, K.F.X. Mayer, J. Messing, and D.S. Rokhsar (2009) The Sorghum bicolor Genome and the Diversification of Grasses. Nature 457: 551-556.
10. Magalhaes, J.V., J. Liu, C.T. Guimarães, U.G.P. Lana, V.M.C. Alves, Y-H. Wang, R.E. Schaffert, O.A. Hoekenga, M.A. Piñeros, J.E. Shaff, P.E. Klein, N.P. Carneiro, C.M. Coelho, H.N. Trick, and L.V. Kochian (2007) A Member of the Multidrug and Toxic Compound Extrusion MATE Family is a Major Gene that Confers Aluminum Tolerance in Sorghum. Nature Genet. 39: 1156-1161.