Zheng J., Han S.W., Rodriguez-Welsh M.F. and Rojas-Pierce M. Homotypic vacuole fusion requires VTI11 and is regulated by phosphoinositides. Molecular Plant. In press. MPLANT-2014-024018

Rojas-Pierce M. 2013. Trafficking of Tonoplast Proteins to the Vacuole. Plant Science. 211: 132-136. Invited review. Pubmed

Rivera-Serrano E, Rodriguez-Welsh MF, Hicks G, Raikhel N and Rojas-Pierce M. 2012. A Small Molecule Inhibitor Partitions Two Distinct Pathways for Trafficking of Tonoplast Intrinsic Proteins in Arabidopsis. PloS ONE. 7(9): e44735. Pubmed

Dieck CB, Woods A, Brglez I, Rojas-Pierce M and Boss WF. (2012) Increasing phosphatidylinositol (4,5) bisphosphate biosynthesis affects plant nuclear lipids and nuclear functions. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 57: 32–44. Pubmed

Zou Y, Rojas-Pierce M, Raikhel NV and Pirrung M. (2008). Preparation of Methyl Ester Precursors of Biologically Active Agents. Biotechniques. 44: 377-384. Pubmed

Rojas-Pierce M, Titapiwatanakun B, Sohn EJ, Fang F, Larive CK, Blakeslee J, Cutler S, Peer WA, Murphy AS and Raikhel NV. (2007). Arabidopsis P-Glycoprotein19 Participates in the Inhibition of Gravitropism by Gravacin. Chemistry & Biology. 14: 1366-1376. Pubmed

Sohn EJ, Rojas-Pierce M, Pan S, Carter M, Serrano-Mislata A, Madueño F, Rojo E, Surpin M and Raikhel NV. (2007) The shoot meristem identity gene TFL1 is involved in flower development and trafficking to the protein storage vacuole. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 104: 18801-18806. Pubmed

Beebe SE, Rojas-Pierce M, Yan X, Blair MW, Pedraza F, Munoz F, Tohme J and Lynch JP (2006) Quantitative Trait Loci for Root Architecture Traits Correlated with Phosphorus Acquisition in Common Bean. Crop Sci 46: 413-423.

Surpin, M, Rojas-Pierce, M, Carter, C, Vasquez, J, Hicks, GR and Natasha V Raikhel (2005) The Power of Chemical Genomics to Study the Link between Endomembrane System Components and the Gravitropic Response. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 102(13):4902-7. Pubmed

Rojas-Pierce M and Springer PS (2003) Gene and enhancer traps for gene discovery. Methods Mol Biol 236, 221-240.

Outreach Research People

Our lab is very active in outreach activities. We have hosted several High-school students and will soon start hosting 7th and 8th graders from a local Middle school in Raleigh. See more

Research in our lab is focused on targeting mechanisms for tonoplast proteins in Arabidopsis. We use chemical and classical genetic approaches to understand trafficking mechanisms and vacuole biogenesis.
An important goal of our lab is the training of outstanding graduate and undergraduate students and postdocs.
ROJAS-PIERCE LABORATORY- North Carolina State University.