321 Biotechnology Bldg
Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Plant Molecular Biology
Maureen R. Hanson is Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics. She received a B.S. degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University. After completing an NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, she joined the faculty of the Biology Department at University of Virginia. In 1985 she moved to Cornell as Associate Professor in the Section of Genetics and Development. She is presently a member of the graduate Fields of Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cell Biology, Genetics and Development, and Plant Biology, and a joint member of the Department of Plant Biology.
RNA editing in organelles
Functional genomics of RNA binding proteins
Dynamic organization of the plant cell
Expression of therapeutic proteins and industrial enzymes in plants
The biological basis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Supplementary information to journal articles
Additional images and time-laspse movies can be seen at More information for journal articles
Kohler, R.H. and M.R. Hanson. 2000. Plastid tubules of higher plants are tissue-specific and developmentally regulated J. Cell Science 113: 81-89. Köhler, R.H. 1998.
FP for in vivo imaging of subcellular structures in plant cells. Trends in Plant Science 3 :317-320. Hanson, M.R. and R.H. Köhler, 2001.
GFP imaging: methodology and application to investigate cellular compartmentation in plants. J. Exp. Botany 52: 529-539.
Kwok, E.Y. and M.R. Hanson. 2004. Stromules and the dynamic nature of plastid morphology. J. Microscopy, 214:124-137.
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Sattarzadeh, A., E. Schmelzer, and M.R. Hanson. 2011. Analysis of organelle targeting by DIL domains of the Arabidopsis myosin XI family. Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics 2:72. http://www.frontiersin.org/plant_genetics_and_genomics/10.3389/fpls.2011.00072/full
Gray B.N., H. Yang H, B.A. Ahner, and M.R. Hanson. 2011. An efficient downstream box fusion allows high-level accumulation of active bacterial beta-glucosidase in tobacco chloroplasts. Plant Mol Biol. 76:345-55
Hanson M.R and A. Sattarzadeh. 2011 Stromules: recent insights into a long neglected feature of plastid morphology and function. Plant Physiol. 155:1486-92 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21330493
Bentolila S, Knight W, Hanson M. 2010. Natural variation in Arabidopsis leads to the identification of REME1, a pentatricopeptide repeat-DYW protein controlling the editing of mitochondrial transcripts. Plant Physiol. 154:1966-82
Stern, D.B., M. Goldschmidt-Clermont, M.R. Hanson. 2010. Chloroplast RNA metabolism. Ann. Rev. Plant Biol. 61:125-155.
Robbins, J. C., W.P. Heller, W. P., and M.R. Hanson. 2009. A comparative genomics approach identifies a PPR-DYW protein that is essential for C-to-U editing of the Arabidopsis chloroplast accD transcript. RNA 15:1142-1153. http://rnajournal.cshlp.org/content/15/6/1142.long
Sattarzadeh, A., J. Krahmer, A.D. Germain, and M.R. Hanson 2009. A myosin XI tail domain homologous to the yeast myosin vacuole-binding domain interacts with plastids and stromules in Nicotiana benthamiana. Molecular Plant 2:1351-1358. http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/content/2/6/1351.long
Gray B.N., B.A. Ahner, and M.R. Hanson. 2009 High-level bacterial cellulase accumulation in chloroplast-transformed tobacco mediated by downstream box fusions. Biotechnol Bioeng. 102:1045-54.
Hayes M.L. and M.R. Hanson 2008 High conservation of a 5' element required for RNA editing of a C target in chloroplast psbE transcripts. J Mol Evol, 67:233-45
Heller, W.P., M.L. Hayes, and M.R. Hanson. 2008. Cross-competition in editing of chloroplast RNA in vitro implicates sharing of trans-factors between different C targets., J. Biol. Chem., 283: 7314-7319. ("Paper of the Week") http://www.jbc.org/content/283/12/7314.long