User:Brian P. Dilkes

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About Brian Dilkes

Brian is an Assistant Professor in the Horticulture Department at Purdue University.

There is a Brian Dilkes WikiCV on OpenWetWare.

There is a Dilkes project page leftover from his Davis days, still under construction.

For the best the web has to offer on the subject, check out the polyploidy portal!

He would like you to know about PLoS One a new way to get your research rapidly peer reviewed and disseminated. It is now one year old but still a hip, fresh and open access journal from the Public Library of Science!


The lab is split between investigating the molecular and genetic mechansims that isolate populations and species and modifying high throughput genomic technology to assess gene function in "orphan" organisms. During my postdoc, with Luca Comai at the UC Davis Genome Center, I began looking at how genome organization can affect plant reproduction and survival. Long term interests include the roles of dosage-sensitivity in plant evolution, the contributions of maternal and paternal effects to seed development, and the molecular basis of hybrid vigor.

In the past, I worked on the control of the cell cycle control during maize endosperm development with Brian Larkins at The University of Arizona. That was great too.

Even deeper in the past I worked on genes that influence cell elongation and brassinosteroid biosynthesis with such luminaries as Burkhard Schulz (also found here), Malcolm Bennet, SungHwa Choe and Kenneth A. Feldmann (now here again).

Outside Interests

When not in the lab or working on the computer, I spend the vast majority of my time eating, sleeping, and repairing/rescueing/remodeling.

When I sleep I dream of participating in Bonneville Speed Week as part of Goober Biofuels Racing. A resurrection is in the works.