The Maxwell lab is investigating the role of the mitochondrion in a time-nested set of responses to environmental change from stress-sensing to adaptation. The research program employs a range of molecular, genetic and physiological approaches and focuses on the model single-cell eukaryote Chlamydomonas. Research on Chlamydomonas is of fundamental interest as it sheds light on the last common ancestor of animals and plants.
Degrees and Institutions
Biology 1002B - Biology for Science II
Biology 3603A/B - Ecophysiology of Plants
Possmayer M, Berardi, G, Beall BFN, Trick CG, Huner NPA, Maxwell DP (2011) Plasticity of the psychrophilic green algae Chlamydomonas raudensis (UWO241) (Chlorophyta) to supraoptimal temperature stress. J. Phycology 47: 1098-1109.
McDonald A, Ivanov AG, Bode R, Maxwell DP, Rodermel SR, Huner NOA (2011) Flexibility in photosynthetic electron transport: The physiological role of plastoquinol terminal oxidase (PTOX). Biochemica et Biopgysica Acta – Bioenergetics, 1807: 954-967.
Rosso D, Bode R, Li W, Krol M, Saccon D, Wang S, Schillaci LA, Rodermel S, Maxwell DP, and Huner NPA. (2009) Photosynthetic redox impalance govern leaf sectoring in the Arabidopsis thaliana variegation mutants immutans, spotty, var1 and var2. Plant Cell 21: 3473-3492.
Pakkiriswami S, Beall BFN, and Maxwell DP (2009) On the role of photosynthesis in the nitrate-dependent induction of the alternative axidase in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Botany 87: 363-374.
Li W, Fingrut DR, and Maxwell DP (2009) Characterization of a mutant of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii deficient in the molybdenum cofactor. Physiologia Plantarum 136: 336-350.