Amanda Storm



Department of Biology
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 828-227-3664
Email: arstorm@email.wcu.edu
Office: Natural Science 130

Education
Postdoctoral Research and Teaching; James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA
Ph.D.; Miami University, Oxford OH
B.S.; Central State University, Wilberforce OH

Courses Taught
BIOL 240 Intro to Genetics

Research Description/Interests:
My research interest is in the diversity of function and regulation observed within enzyme families, primarily through use of a family of starch degradation enzymes, β-amylases, in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Some research questions that stem from this interest include: (1) How are similar enzymes selectively regulated to restrict function to specific times and stress conditions; (2) How is degradation of starch in leaves altered throughout plant development to maximize growth and adapt to stress; (3) Are non-catalytic members within enzyme families serving regulatory roles?

Undergraduate and graduate students in my lab will have projects related to these broad questions involving a variety of approaches, such as generation and characterization of transgenic and T-DNA knock-out plants, protein bioinformatics, enzyme kinetics, molecular cloning and analysis of protein interactions and modifications.

Publications/Presentations:   * indicates undergraduate author
β-Amylases: One family, many roles. Invited Talk. Annual Plant Molecular Biology Retreat, Asheville, NC. September 2017

Post-Doctorial Experience at a PUI. PUI Networking Workshop at American Society of Plant Biology National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. July 2015

Monroe, JD; Storm, AR; Bradley, EM*; Lehman, MD*; Platt, SM*; Saunders, LK*; Schmitz, JM* and Torres, CE*. 2014. β-Amylase1 and β-Amylase3 Are Plastidic Starch Hydrolases in Arabidopsis That Seem to Be Adapted for Different Thermal, pH, and Stress Conditions. Plant Physiology 166: 1748-1763.

 

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