Amy Clore

Professor of Biology - Biochemistry - Biology - Gender Studies - Interdisciplinary Programs - Natural Sciences

Amy Clore
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  • Mail Location: Heiser E172C

Professor of Biology

Ph.D., University of Arizona
B.A., Kenyon College

Professor Clore received her Ph.D. in plant science with a minor in molecular and cellular biology. She is interested in how plant cells perceive extracellular signals and transduce these signals into intracellular changes in biochemistry, gene expression, and cytoskeletal architecture.

Her current research focuses on early endosperm development in maize. Funding for the research is provided in part by a nearly $400,000 grant she received from the National Science Foundation as part of a national research team. In addition, Dr. Clore is also studying maize pulvini, specialized organs found along the maize plant stem that sense when the plant has been tipped and reorient growth, as well as how carpel epidermal cells redifferentiate during carpel fusion in Madagascar periwinkle.

Besides her recent National Science Foundation grant, Dr. Clore and two other New College professors in the natural sciences received a NSF grant in 2006 to further their research into animal and plant development and gene expression. Through that grant, New College became one of only a small number of undergraduate institutions in the U.S. to have a real-time PCR instrument to measure DNA and RNA levels in tissue samples taken from organisms.

Professor Clore teaches Cellular Biology (lecture and laboratory), Topics in Plant Development, Plant Physiology, Developmental Biology, Topics in Cell Signaling and General Biology: from Molecules to Organism.

Recent Courses
Cellular Biology
Cell Biology Lab
Plant Phsyiology
Plant Physiology Lab

Honors and Awards
National Science Foundation Grant (2006)

Selected Publications

Dashek, W and Clore, A.M. Vacuoles and Protein Bodies. (Dashek – vacuoles, Clore – protein bodies). In Plant Cells and their Organelles. Wiley and sons (in press). W. Dashek and G. Miglani (eds).

Leroux et al. (2014). Maize early endosperm growth and development: From fertilization through cell type differentiation. American Journal of Botany.

Clore, A. M. (2013). Cereal grass pulvini: Agronomically significant models for studying gravitropism signaling and tissue polarity. American Journal of Botany.

Clore, A. M., Doore, S. M., & Tinnirello, S. M. N. (2008). Increased levels of reactive oxygen species and expression of a cytoplasmic aconitase/iron regulatory protein 1 homolog during the early response of maize pulvini to gravistimulation. Plant, Cell & Environment, 31(1),144-158.

Clore, A. M., Turner, W. S., Morse, A. M., & Whetten, R. W. (2003). Changes in Mitogen-activated protein Kinase activity occur in the maize Pulvinus in response to Gravistimulation and are important for the bending response. Plant Cell and Environment, 26(7), 991-1001.

Kim, C. S., Woo, Y. M., Clore, A. M., Burnett, R. J., Carneiro, N. P., & Larkins, B. A. (2002). Zein protein interactions, rather than the asymmetric distribution of Zein MRNAs on Endoplasmic Reticulum membranes, influence protein body formation in maize Endosperm. Plant Cell, 14(3), 655-672.

Stankovic, B., Clore, A. M., Abe, S., Larkins, B., & Davies, E. (2000). Chapter 8: Actin in protein synthesis and protein body formation. In C.J. Staiger, F. Baluska, D.Volkmann, & P. W. Barlow, (Eds.), Actin: A Dynamic Framework for Multiple Cell Functions. Boston: Kluwer.