Philip W. Becraft


Genetics, Development & Cell Biology Dept,

Agronomy Dept.

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Fields of Interest: Molecular genetics and genomics of plant developmental biology, cell interactions, cell fate acquisition and signal transduction.

One of the major questions in developmental biology is how cell fate is determined. From a single fertilized zygote, numerous specialized cell types develop, all arranged in characteristic patterns that allow the higher order functioning of tissues that make up complex organisms. We want to understand how each cell perceives it's developmental context and makes the appropriate cell fate decision. The maize endosperm is an attractive system for studying this problem because of its simplicity and amenability to genetic analysis, as well as its nutritional and economic importance.

To answer fundamental questions about endosperm development and cell fate determination, my lab uses an integrated approach, employing tools of genetics, genomics, molecular biology and biochemistry. To learn more about the activities of my lab, follow the links below.


Click on the links to learn more about the various research topics in my lab.

Endosperm Development


(update in progress)




Training Environment and Opportunities

Contact Information

Philip Becraft
2116 Molecular Biology Bldg.
Genetics, Development & Cell Biology Dept. / Agronomy Dept.
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

phone  515-294-2903
fax        515-294-6755