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Dr. Christine D. Chase

Professor Emeritus

Mailing Address:
Fifield Hall
2550 Hull Road
PO Box 110690
Gainesville, Florida 32611


  • Areas of Research
    • Plant molecular genetics
    • Pollen development
    • Programmed cell death
    • Organelle genetics, biogenesis and function
  • Teaching Responsibilities
    • PCB 5065 – Advanced Genetics
    • PCB 6528 – Plant Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Educational Background
    • Ph.D. - Biology, University of Virginia (1981)
    • B.S. - Science Education, Cornell University (1973)
  • Work Experience
    • Professor emeritus, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Floridia (2021-present)
    • Acting Chair, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida (2019-2020)
    • Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida (2004-2021)
    • Associate Professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida (1991-2003)
    • Director, Graduate Program in Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology (1995-1997)
    • Co-Director/Graduate Coordinator, Graduate Program in Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology (1993-1995)
    • Assistant Professor, Vegetable Crops Department, University of Florida (1985-1991)
    • Postdoctoral Associate, USDA-ARS Plant Research Unit, Gainesville, Florida (1983 – 1985)
    • Postdoctoral Associate, Plant Pathology Department, University of Florida (1981 – 1983)
    • NIH Predoctoral Trainee in Genetics, University of Virginia Biology Department (1975-1978)

Selected Publications

AuthorsYearTitle / DescriptionPublication
Gabay-Laughnan S, Settles AM, Hannah LC, Porch TG, Becraft PW, McCarty DR, Koch KE, Zhao L, Kamps TL, Chamusco KC, Chase CD 2018 Restorer-of-Fertility Mutations Recovered in Transposon-Active Lines of S Male-Sterile Maize. G3 (Bethesda) 8:291-302.
Ahmad A. Omar, AA, M Murata, Q Yu, FG Gmitter, CD Chase, JH Graham,  and JW Grosser 2017 Production of three new grapefruit cybrids with potential for improved citrus canker resistance. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol —Plant. 53: 256-269.
Satpute AD, JW Grosser, C Chen, FG Gmitter Jr, P Ling, Q Yu, MR Grosser and CD Chase 2015 Accidental Cybridization of Grapefruit with ‘Dancy’ Mandarin Leads to Improved Fruit Characteristics. J Amer Soc Hort Sci 140:427-435.
Guan JC, Hasnain G, Garrett TJ, Chase CD, Gregory J, Hanson AD, McCarty DR 2014 Divisions of labor in the thiamin biosynthetic pathway among organs of maize. Front Plant Sci 5:370. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00370.
López, Y, JC Seib, LE Sollenberger, KR Woodard, M Gallo, and CD Chase 2014 Genetic Diversity of Biofuel and Naturalized Napiergrass (Pennisetum purpureum). Invasive Plant Sci Mgt 7:229-236.
Kamps, TL, NR Williams, VM Ortega, KC Chamusco, K Harris-Shultz, BT Scully, and CD Chase 2011 DNA polymorphisms at bermudagrass microsatellite loci and their use in genotype fingerprinting. Crop Sci 51:1122–1131.
Chase, CD, A Ribarits and E Herberle-Bors 2010 Male Sterility. pp. 437-457 In: Plant Developmental Biology – Biotechnological Perspectives, Volume I (E-C Pua and M R Davey, eds) Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg; Chapter 21; ISBN is 978-3-642-02300-2.
Okagaki, RJ, MS Jacobs, AO Stec, RG Kynast, E Buescher, HW Rines, MI Bales, O Riera-Lizarazu , M Schneerman, G Doyle, KL Friedman, RW Staub, DF Weber, TL Kamps, IFE Amarillo, CD Chase, HW Bass, RL Phillips 2008 Maize centromere mapping: a comparison of physical and genetic methods. Journal of Heredity 99:85-93.
Chase, CD 2007 Cytoplasmic male sterility: a window to the world of plant mitochondrial-nuclear interactions. Trends in Genetics 23:81-90.
Chase, CD 2006 Genetically engineered cytoplasmic male sterility. Trends in Plant Science 11:7-9.
Gabay-Laughnan, S, CD Chase, VM Ortega and L Zhao 2004 Molecular-genetic characterization of CMS-S restorer-of-fertility alleles identified in Mexican races of maize and teosinte. Genetics 166:959-970.
Wen, L, KL Ruesch, VM Ortega, TL Kamps, S Gabay-Laughnan and CD Chase 2003 A nuclear restorer-of-fertility mutation disrupts accumulation of mitochondrial ATP synthase subunit α in developing pollen of S male-sterile maize. Genetics 165:771-779.