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Dr. Marek Sliwinski

Dr. Marek Sliwinski
Associate Professor
(319) 273-5467
McCollum Science Hall 17
  • Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from University of Wisconsin Madison 2003
  • B.S. in Microbiology from University of California at San Diego 1997
  • B.A. in Psychology from University of California at San Diego 1997

Teaching Interests: 

My lab develops molecular techniques to study microbes and plants. Current projects include:

-Tracking Archaeal populations inhabiting soils in temperate forest and prairie ecosystems

-Developing the plant Streptanthus polygaloides as a model system for genetics

  • Swanson C. A., Sliwinski M. K. (2013) One-dimensional TRFLP-SSCP is an effective DNA fingerprinting strategy for soil Archaea that is able to simultaneously differentiate broad taxonomic clades based on terminal fragment length polymorphisms and closely related sequences based on single stranded conformation polymorphisms. Journal of Microbiological Methods 94:317-324.
  • Swanson C. A., Sliwinski M. K. (2013) Archaeal assemblages inhabiting temperate mixed forest soil fluctuate in taxon composition and spatial distribution over time. Archaea 2013:ID870825.
  • Ning L, Sliwinski M. K., Correa R, Baum D. A. (2010) Possible contributions of TERMINAL FLOWER 1 to the evolution of rosette flowering in Leavenworthia (Brassicaceae). New Phytologist 189(2):616-628.
  • Spitzer C., Reyes F. C., Buono R., Sliwinski M. K., Haas T. J., Otegui M. S. (2009) The ESCRT-related CHMP1A and B proteins mediate multivesicular body sorting of auxin carriers in Arabidopsis and are required for plant development. The Plant Cell 21: 749-766.
  • Bosch, J. A., Heo, K., Sliwinski, M. K., Baum, D. A. (2008) An exploration of LEAFY expression in independent evolutionary origins of rosette flowering in Brassicaceae. American Journal of Botany 95:286-293.
  • Sliwinski, M. K., Bosch, J. A., Yoon, H., von Baltazar, M., Baum, D. A. (2007) The role of two LEAFY paralogs from Idahoa scapigera (Brassicaceae) in the evolution of a derived plant architecture. The Plant Journal 51:211-219.
  • Haas, T. J., Sliwinski, M. K., Martinez, D. E., Preuss, M., Takashi, U., Nielsen, E., Odorizzi, G., Otegui, M. S. (2007) The Arabidopsis AAA ATPase SKD1 is involved in multivesicular endosome function and interacts with its positive regulator LYST-INTERACTING PROTEIN5. The Plant Cell 19:1295-1312.
  • Sliwinski, M. K., White, M. A., Maizel, A., Weigel, Baum, D. A. (2006) Evolutionary divergence of LFY function in the mustards Arabidopsis thaliana and Leavenworthia crassa. Plant Molecular Biology 62:279-289.
  • Simon, H. M., Jahn, C. E., Bergerud, L. T., Sliwinski, M. K., Weimer, P. J., Willis, D. K., and Goodman, R. M. (2005) Cultivation of mesophilic soil Crenarchaeotes in enrichment cultures from plant roots. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 71:4751-4760.
  • Sliwinski, M. K., Goodman, R. M. (2004) Spatial heterogeneity of crenarchaeal assemblages within mesophilic soil ecosystems as revealed by PCR-single-stranded conformation polymorphism profiling. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70:1811-1820.
  • Sliwinski, M. K., Goodman, R. M. (2004) Comparison of crenarchaeal consortia inhabiting the rhizosphere of diverse terrestrial plants with those in bulk soil in native environments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70:1821-1826.
  • Paulsen, I. T., Nguyen, L., Sliwinski, M. K., Rabus, R., Saier, M. H. (2000) Microbial genome analyses: Comparative transport capabilities in eighteen prokaryotes. Journal of Molecular Biology 301:75-100.
  • Saier, M. H., Jr., Eng, B. H., Fard, S., Garg, J., Haggerty, D. A., Hutchinson, W. J., Jack, D. L., Lai, E. C., Nusinew, D. P., Omar, A. M., Pao, S. S., Paulsen, I. T., Quan, J. A., Sliwinski, M., Tseng, T-. T., Wachi, S., and Young, G. B. (1999) Phylogenetic characterization of novel transport protein families revealed by genome analyses. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1422: 1-56.
  • Paulsen, I. T., Sliwinski, M. K., Nelissen, B., Goffeau, A., and Saier, M. H., Jr. (1998) Unified inventory of established and putative transporters encoded within the complete genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. FEBS Letters 430:116-125.
  • Paulsen, I. T., Sliwinski, M. K., Reizer, J., and Saier, M. H., Jr. (1998) Microbial genome analyses: Global comparisons of transport capabilities based on phylogenies, bioenergetics and substrate specificities. Journal of Molecular Biology 277:573-592.
  • Saier, M. H., Jr., Paulsen, I. T., Sliwinski, M. K., Pao S. S., Skurray R. A., and Nikaido H. (1998) Evolutionary origins of multidrug and drug-specific efflux pumps in bacteria. FASEB Journal 12:265-274.