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 interest is focused on gaining a better understanding of plant development. More specifically, I am interested in how plant hormones are involved in such processes, particularly the hormone cytokinin. My research is centered on using molecular, genetic, and physiological approaches to study several highly related transcription factors that are regulated by cytokinin. A greater understanding of the role these Cytokinin Response Factors (CRFs) play in essential plant processes such as developmental control of leaf and other organ formation is a major goal. My teaching interests parallel my research interests and are focused on plant biology and development in general. 

Selected Publications

  1. Zwack P.J. and Rashotte A.M. (2015) Interactions between Cytokinin Signalling and Abiotic Stress Responses. J. Exp. Bot. doi:10.1093/jxb/evr172
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Physiology 54: 971-981.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 Physiology 53: 1683-1695.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Rashotte, A.M. and L.R. Goertzen (2010) The CRF domain defines Cytokinin Response Factor proteins in plants.BMC Plant Biol10:74. 
  13. 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.
  14. Rashotte, A.M., H.S. Chae, B.B. Maxwell, J.J. Kieber. (2005) The interaction of cytokinin with other signals.Physiol. Plant. 123:184-194.
  15. Rashotte, A.M., S.D.B. Carson, J.P.C. To, J.J. Kieber. (2003) Expression profiling of cytokinin action in ArabidopsisPlant Physiol. 132:1998-2011.


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

Last updated: 07/22/2015