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Imara Perera

Imara Perera

E-mail: imara_perera@ncsu.edu

Position: Research Assistant Professor

Degrees:

  • Ph.D. (1991) Plant Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • M.S. (1988) Plant Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • M.S. (1984) Biochemistry, University of ColomBO, Sri Lanka
  • B.S. (1982) Biological Science, University of ColomBO, Sri Lanka

Projects:

Other Research Experience:

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, NSCORT program, Dr. Wendy F. BOss laBOratory, Department of Plant Biology, North Carolina State University (May 1996 – present) | The role of phosphoinositide-mediated signaling in plant gravity perception and response
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr. Wendy F. BOss, Department of Plant Biology, North Carolina State University (May 1994 – April 1994) | Regulation of PI-4 kinase by PIK-A49 (an isoform of EF-1): Determination of phosphorylation sites and site-directed mutagenesis studies
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr. Heven Sze, Department of Plant Biology, University of Maryland (November 1991 – December 1993) | Structure, expression, and regulation of genes encoding the 16kDa subunit of the Vacuolar ATPase from Arabidopsis
  • Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Raymond E. Zielinski, Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois (August 1986 – October 1991) | Isolation, characterization, and expression of Calmodulin genes from carrot and Arabidopsis
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (September 1985 – July 1986)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biochemistry, University of ColomBO, Sri Lanka (October 1982 – October 1984) | Characterization of proteins from the Malarial parasite Plasmodium vivax

Publications:

  • Heilmann I, Perera IY, Gross W, BOss WF (2001) Plasma membrane phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate levels decrease with time in culture. Plant Physiol (in press)
  • Perera IY, Heilmann I, Chang SC, BOss WF, Kaufman BO (2001) A role for inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate in gravitropic signaling and the retention of cold-perceived gravistimulation of oat shoot pulvini. Plant Physiol 125: 1499-1507
  • Heilmann I, Stevenson-Paulik J, Perera IY (2000) Plant PtdIns 3-kinase goes nuclear. Plant Cell 12: 1511-1512
  • Stevenson JM, Perera IY, Heilmann I, Persson S, BOss WF (2000) Inositol signaling and plant growth. Trends Plant Sci 5: 252-258
  • Heilmann I, Perera IY, Stevenson JM, BOss WF (2000) Sense and sensibility: inositol phospholipids as mediators of abiotic stress responses. In Plant tolerance to abiotic stresses in agriculture: role of genetic engineering (Cherry JH, Locy RD, Rychter A, Eds.) pp 289-296
  • Heilmann I, Perera IY, Gross W, BOss WF (1999) Changes in phosphoinositide metaBOlism with days in culture affect signal transduction pathways in Galdieria sulphuraria. Plant Physiol 119: 1331-1339
  • Perera IY, Heilmann I, BOss WF (1999) Transient and sustained increases in inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate precede the differential growth response in gravistimulated maize pulvini. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 96: 5838-5843
  • Stevenson JM, Perera IY, BOss WF (1998) A phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase pleckstrin homology domain that binds phosphatidylinositol 4-momophosphate. J Biol Chem 273: 22761-22767
  • Heilmann I, Perera IY, Stevenson JM, Ransom WD, Gross W, WF BOss (1998) Inositol lipid signaling: What can we learn from plants? In Advances in Plant Lipid Research (Sanchez J, Cerda-Olmedo E, Martinez-Force E, Eds.) pp 394-397
  • Perera IY, BOss WF (1996) Signal transduction pathways: a plant perspective of inositol metaBOlism and growth. In Regulation of plant growth and development by light development. Current Topics in Plant Physiology 17: 114-126
  • Perera IY, Li X, Sze H (1995) Several distinct genes encode nearly identical 16kD proteolipids of the vacuolar H+-ATPase from Arabidopsis thaliana. 29: 227-244
  • Gawienowski MC, Szymanski D, Perera I, Zielinski R (1993) Calmodulin isoforms in Arabidopsis encoded by multiple divergent mRNAs. Plant Mol Bio 22: 215-225
  • Sze H, Ward JM, Lai S, Perera I (1992) Vacuolar-type H+-translocating ATPases in plant endomembranes: subunit organization and multigene families. J Exp Bio 172: 123-135
  • Perera I, Zielinski R (1992) Expression of calmodulin in suspension cultured carrot cells. Plant Physiol 100: 812-819
  • Perera I, Zielinski R (1992) Structure and expression of the Arabidopsis CAM-3 calmodulin gene. Plant Mol Bio 19: 649-664
  • Ling V, Perera I, Zielinski R (1991) Primary structure of Arabidopsis calmodulin isoforms deduced from the sequences of cDNA clones. Plant Physiol 96: 1196-1202
 
 
 
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