Distinguished Research Professor

Basic Information

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Life Sciences, Rm B414A
Lab office:
Life Sciences, Rm B412
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Research Interests:

The Dawe lab studies genome structure and cell division in maize, focusing on the biology of centromeres.  Students and postdocs work at all levels of genetics, including traditional genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, epigenetics and bioinformatics. We also work intensively with microscopes to visualize cell division using fixed and live-cell imaging methods. Current projects involve developing synthetic centromeres, on manipulating centromeres as a means create haploids, and on the special properties of maize abnormal chromosome 10 in converting heterochromatic knobs to “neocentromeres” that actively move on the spindle and skew Mendelian inheritance. Prospective students interested in research that involves a combination of field work, lab work, sequence analysis, and cell biology are encouraged to apply.

High-resolution microscopy, anti-kinetochore antisera, and maize cytology/genetics will continue to be major assets in our work.

  • NSF Dawe (PI)  01/15/2018-01/14/2020  Dawe, and leading two Co-PIs, TRANSFORM-PGR: Whole genome assembly of the maize NAM founders
  • NSF “Functional Genomics of Maize Centromeres” Dawe (PI) 08/15/2015-08/14/2020
  • NSF “Mechanism of neocentromere motility and meiotic drive in maize” Dawe (PI) 09/01/2014-08/31/2017
Selected Publications:

Ph.D. Genetics, U.C Berkeley 1989

M.S. Botany, Univ. of California, Riverside 1985

B.S. Landscape Horticulture, Colorado State University 1983

Of note:
  • Creative Research Medal
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Articles Featuring Kelly Dawe

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 9:10am

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Dawe, who was one of four faculty members named as UGA Athletic Association Professors this year! The Professorship is awarded in recognition of Kelly's research excellence and leadership.