Melissa Hamner Mageroy, Ph.D

2003-2007 Biology Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas 
 2007-2011 Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology University of Florida, Gainesville, Gainesville, FL, United States 
 2011-2016 Michael Smith Laboratories University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada 
 2016- Plant health Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research 
Conifer defense; plant secondary metabolism; plant molecular biology; functional genomics; epigenetics

From an early age I have been curious about how and why thing work the way they do. I also found plants fascinating as they contribute so much to our lives: food, oxygen, shelter, medicines. I am particularly interested in plant secondary metabolism and how these metabolites contribute to plant success and human enjoyment of them. During my PhD at the Univeristy of Florida I worked on characterizing the biosynthesis pathways of molecules that contribute to tomato flavor. I then moved to the University of British Columbia where I began researching spruce defense again insect pest and the biosynthesis of defense compounds. After receiving a Young Researcher Talent grant from the Norwegian Research Council, I came to NIBIO to study the molecular mechanism of spruce defense priming.

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Parent GJ, Méndez-Espinoza C, Giguère I, et al. (2020) Hydroxyacetophenone defenses in white spruce against spruce budworm. Evolutionary Applications. 13: 62-75
Parent GJ, Giguère I, Mageroy M, et al. (2018) Evolution of the biosynthesis of two hydroxyacetophenones in plants. Plant, Cell & Environment
Mageroy MH, Jancsik S, Yuen MMS, et al. (2017) A conifer UDP-sugar dependent glycosyltransferase contributes to acetophenone metabolism and defense against insects. Plant Physiology
Mageroy MH, Lachance D, Jancsik S, et al. (2017) In vivo function of Pgβglu-1 in the release of acetophenones in white spruce. Peerj. 5: e3535
Mageroy MH, Parent G, Germanos G, et al. (2015) Expression of the β-glucosidase gene Pgβglu-1 underpins natural resistance of white spruce against spruce budworm. The Plant Journal : For Cell and Molecular Biology. 81: 68-80
Wang Y, Maruhnich SA, Mageroy MH, et al. (2013) Phototropin 1 and cryptochrome action in response to green light in combination with other wavelengths. Planta. 237: 225-37
Goulet C, Mageroy MH, Lam NB, et al. (2012) Role of an esterase in flavor volatile variation within the tomato clade. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 109: 19009-14
Tieman D, Bliss P, McIntyre LM, et al. (2012) The chemical interactions underlying tomato flavor preferences. Current Biology : Cb. 22: 1035-9
Mageroy MH, Tieman DM, Floystad A, et al. (2012) A Solanum lycopersicum catechol-O-methyltransferase involved in synthesis of the flavor molecule guaiacol. The Plant Journal : For Cell and Molecular Biology. 69: 1043-51
Jeanguenin L, Lara-Núñez A, Pribat A, et al. (2010) Moonlighting glutamate formiminotransferases can functionally replace 5-Formyltetrahydrofolate cycloligase Journal of Biological Chemistry. 285: 41557-41566
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