Aaron M. Rashotte
Associate Professor

Office: 327 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.

Lab: 334 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.

101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Office Phone: (334) 844-1625
Fax: (334) 844-1645
Email Aaron M. Rashotte

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Postdoctoral Researcher - University of North Carolina 2001 - 2007
Postdoctoral Researcher - Wake Forest University 1998 - 2001
Ph.D. - Plant Sciences, University of Arizona 1999
B.S. - Biological Sciences, Florida State University 1992

Research and Teaching Interests

My overall research interests are focused on both development and effects of abiotic stress on plants, with a specifically interest in how the plant hormone cytokinin is involved in these processes. My lab uses molecular, genetic, and physiological approaches to study a set of transcription factors known as Cytokinin Response Factors (CRFs), which are regulated by both cytokinin and stress. A major goal of my research is a better understanding of how cytokinin and stress interact through CRFs in both Arabidopsis and tomato to control essential plant processes and development. My teaching interests parallel my research interests and are focused on plant biology, development, and plant hormones.

Selected Publications

  1. Zwack P.J., Compton M.A., Adams C.I., Rashotte A.M. (2016) Cytokinin Response Factor 4 (CRF4) is induced by cold and involved in freezing tolerance. Plant Cell Rep. 35: 573–584. 
  2. Keshishian E.A. and Rashotte A.M. (2015) Plant Cytokinin Signalling. Essays Biochem. 58: 13-27.
  3. Zwack P.J. and Rashotte A.M. (2015) Interactions between Cytokinin Signalling and Abiotic Stress Responses. J. Exp. Bot66: 4863-4871.
  4. Gupta S. and Rashotte A.M. (2014) Expression patterns of SlCRF3 and SlCRF5 in response to cytokinin and abiotic stress conditions in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). J. Plant Physiol171: 349-358.
  5. Shi X., Gupta S., Rashotte A.M. (2014) Characterization of Two Tomato AP2/ERF genes, SlCRF1 and SlCRF2 in Hormone and Stress Responses. Plant Cell Rep33: 35-45.
  6. Shi X., Gupta S., Lindquist I.E., Cameron C.T., Mudge J., Rashotte A.M. (2013) Transcriptome analysis of cytokinin response in tomato leaves. PLoS ONE 8: e55090.
  7. Zwack P.J., Robinson B.R., Risley M.G., Rashotte A.M. (2013) Cytokinin Response Factor 6 negatively regulates leaf senescence and is induced in response to cytokinin and numerous abiotic stresses. Plant Cell Physiol. 54: 971-981.
  8. Gupta S., Shi X., Lindquist I.E., Devitt N.P., Mudge J., Rashotte A.M. (2013) Transcriptome profiling of cytokinin and auxin regulation in tomato root. J. Exp. Bot. 64: 695-704.
  9. Zwack P.J., Shi X., Robinson B.R., Gupta S., Gerken D.M., Compton M.A., Goertzen L.R., Rashotte A.M. (2012) Vascular expression and C-terminal sequence divergence of Cytokinin Response Factors in flowering plants. Plant Cell Physiol. 53: 1683-1695.
  10. Shi, X., S. Gupta, A.M. Rashotte. (2012) Solanum lycopersicum Cytokinin Response Factors (SlCRFs) genes: characterization of CRF domain containing ERF genes in tomato. J. Exp. Bot. 63: 973–982.
  11. Gupta, S. and A.M. Rashotte. (2012) Down-stream components of cytokinin signaling and the role of cytokinin throughout the plant. Plant Cell Rep. 31:801–812.
  12. Shi, X. and A.M. Rashotte. (2012) Advances in upstream players of cytokinin phosphorelay: receptors and histidine phosphotransfer proteins. Plant Cell Rep. 31:789–799.
  13. Cutcliffe, J.W., E. Hellmann, A. Heyl,  A.M. Rashotte. (2011) CRFs Form Protein-Protein Interactions Among Each Other And With Members Of The Cytokinin-Signaling Pathway In Arabidopsis Via The CRF Domain. J. Exp. Bot.62:4995-5002.
  14. Rashotte, A.M. and L.R. Goertzen (2010) The CRF domain defines Cytokinin Response Factor proteins in plants.BMC Plant Biol10:74. 
  15. Rashotte, A.M., M.M. Mason, C.E. Hutchison, F.J. Ferreria, G.E. Schaller, J.J. Kieber. (2006) A subset of Arabidopsis AP2 transcription factors mediate cytokinin responses in concert with a two-component pathway:PNAS 103:11081-11085.


Undergraduate Graduate
Plant Biology - BIOL3100
Advanced Plant Physiology - BIOL5130
Developmental Genetics - BIOL5330
Advanced Plant Physiology - BIOL6130
Developmental Genetics - BIOL6330

Last updated: 03/01/2016