Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Matthew Neubauer

Matthew Neubauer, first author of Loss of the Arabidopsis Acetyltransferase NAA50 Induces ER Stress and Immune Responses and Suppresses Growth

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, North Carolina State University

Education: B.S., Biology, Loyola University Chicago; Ph.D., Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Indiana University

Non-scientific Interests: distance running, gaming

Brief bio: My primary research interests are plant stress signaling and agricultural biotechnology. In 2013, I received my B.S. in Biology from Loyola University Chicago. As an undergraduate, I gained experience in molecular biology and cloning, and decided to pursue my interest in studying plant genetics. My Ph.D. work was performed in Roger Innes’s lab at Indiana University and was focused on understanding the mechanisms by which the EDR1 protein kinase regulates stress signaling in Arabidopsis. Through this work, I demonstrated that EDR1 directly regulates EDS1/PAD4 signaling and uncovered a connection between EDR1 and the N-terminal Acetyltransferase NAA50. My work revealed that EDR1 and NAA50 regulate plant stress signaling and development and may also impact Endoplasmic Reticulum stress. I am currently working at North Carolina State University where my research focuses on plant genome engineering.