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Andrew Groover

Andrew T. Groover

Research Geneticist Plants -
1731 Research Park
United States

Phone: 530-759-1738
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Current Research

My laboratory uses genetic and genomic tools to understand the genetic regulation of growth and development of forest trees. A major focus is determining the genes and mechanisms that regulate wood formation. Currently there are three main projects in my lab:

  • In collaboration with Vladimir Filkov at UC Davis, we are determining the transcriptional networks regulating the vascular cambium and wood formation in the model forest tree genus, Populus (funded by USDA AFRI).
  • In collaboration with Luca Comai and Isabelle Henry at UC Davis, we are determining the mechanisms responsible for superior performance of Populus hybrids for bioenergy production. This research is funded by the joint DOE/USDA Plant Feedstock Genomics program, and will provide new genomic tools for poplar breeders to identify germplasm with unique genotypes and increased biomass yields, and develop techniques for creating poplar hybrids with unique combinations of chromosomal regions.
  • We are investigating methods for evolution and development (evo-devo) studies of wood formation in trees. Evo-devo studies could give important insights into the evolutionary origins and diversification of woody growth, and could ultimately provide new approaches for developing applications for bioenergy, carbon sequestration, and conservation.

Research Interests

In the future, I will explore the regulation of growth and development across forest tree taxa.


  • University of North Carolina, Ph.D. Biology 1997
  • University of Georgia, M.S. Forest Genetics 1991
  • University of Georgia, B.S. Forest Science 1988

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology, University of California Davis
    2009 - Present
  • Director, USDA Forest Service, Institute of Forest Genetics
    2003 - 2010
  • Plant Biology Graduate Group, University of California Davis
    2003 - Present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Section of Plant Biology, University of California Davis
    2001 - 2009
  • Geneticist, USDA Forest Service, Institute of Forest Genetics
    2000 - Present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY
    1997 - 2000

Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Plant Biology, Member
  • International Association of Wood Anatomists, Member

Awards & Recognition

  • Grant, 2010
    USDA AFRI Plant Sciences Program, Regulatory Networks Controlling Hormone Signalling During Woody Growth of Forest Trees ($498,875: 2010-2014)
  • Grant, 2006
    USDA NRI Developmental Processes of Plants, Homeobox Gene Regulation of the Vascular Cambium and Wood Formation ($397,000: 2006-2009)
  • Grant, 2005
    DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Regulation of Wood Formation in Populus by ClassIII HD-Zip Transcription Factors ($614,901: 2005-2008)
  • Grant, 2003
    USDA NRI Plant Genome, Systems for Gene Discovery and Characterization in Poplar ($250,000: 2003-2006)
  • Grant, 2001
    USDA NRI Genetic Mechanisms, Gene Trapping and Functional Genomics in Poplar ($110,000: 2001-2003)
  • Award, 1999
    NIH National Research Service Award, 1999-2000
  • Fellowship, 1998
    Cold Spring Harbor Association Post Doctoral Fellowship (1998-1999)
  • Fellowship, 1997
    UNC Chapel Hill On-Campus Dissertation Fellowship (1997-1998)
  • Fellowship, 1997
    W.C. Coker Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill (1997)
  • Assistantship, 1997
    Research Assistantship, UNC Chapel Hill (1997)
  • Fellowship, 1997
    Research Fellowship, Institute for Marine and Agricultural Research (1996-1997)
  • Assistantship, 1995
    Teaching Assistantship, UNC Chapel Hill (1995)
  • Fellowship, 1995
    Coker Fund Endowed Fellowship for Botanical Sciences (1994-1995)
  • Assistantship, 1991
    Research Assistantship, University of Georgia, School of Forest Resources (1990-1991)
  • Scholarship, 1988
    James Holekamp Memorial Scholarship (1988)
  • Scholarship, 1986
    Georgia Forestry Association Scholarship, (1986-1987)
  • Membership, 1985
    Phi Eta Sigma, National Freshman Honor Society, (1985)

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Research Highlights


Breakthroughs in Poplar Genomics Improve Bioenergy Feedstock Options

Developing fast growing poplar cultivars for biofuels production is a major step towards renewable, tree-based energy. Optimal properties of sho ...


Gene-sequenced Poplars Potential Research Boon for Bioenergy

A large population of poplar trees with altered gene dosage has been developed for bioenergy feedstock research. Each of the trees has been subj ...


Historic Critchfield Memorial Herbarium Goes Digital: Believed to Be the Largest Collection of Pine Specimens in the World

The USDA Forest Service's Pacific SouthwestResearch Station, Institute of Forest Genetics, Placerville, CA, has released the online version of i ...


Regulation of bark and wood growth in trees

The dividing cells of the cambium meristem provide cells that differentiate in either wood or bark. Although fundamental to how trees grow, regu ...


Wood Biology Breakthrough

Forest Service scientists determined how trees alter wood development to reorient stems in response to mechanical stress and gravity.


Last updated on : 07/12/2019