David Galbraith
Professor, School of Plant Sciences
520-621-9153

David Galbraith obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, and postdoctoral training as a NATO Fellow at Stanford University. His first academic appointment was at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and he became Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona in 1989. His research has focused on the development of instrumentation and methods for the analysis of biological cells, organs, and systems. He pioneered the use of flow cytometry and sorting in plants, developing widely-used methods for the analysis of genome size and cell cycle status, and for the production of somatic hybrids. He also was amongst the first to develop methods for the analysis of gene expression within specific cell types, using markers based on Fluorescent Protein expression for flow sorting these cells, and microarray platforms for analysis of their transcriptional activities and protein complements. Current interests include applications of highly parallel platforms for transcript and protein profiling of minimal sample sizes, and for analysis of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that regulate gene expression during normal development and in diseased states. He has published more than 170 scholarly research articles, holds several patents, and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science in 2002.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Food Systems and Security
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Agriculture
Conservation biology
Genetics
Plant ecology
Plant science
Agriculture
International development
Plant science
Agriculture
Arid lands

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