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Brent Nielsen

Professor
Microbiology & Molecular Biology

3130 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Biography
I grew up in Fairview, Utah, about 50 miles south of Provo. I earned my B.S. in microbiology from Brigham Young University in 1980. I then went to Oregon State University in Corvallis where I earned my Ph.D. in 1985 in microbiology studying bacterial RNA polymerase, with an emphasis in molecular biology. I conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Irvine, from 1985-1988, studying plant chloroplast DNA replication and associated enzymes. I was on the faculty at Auburn University in Alabama from 1988-2000, and then moved to BYU as a professor in 2000. I enjoy working with students in the classroom and the laboratory, and sharing my experience and knowledge of molecular biology. I enjoy reading, fishing, and gardening with my wife.

Teaching Interests
Molecular biology (general and advanced)
RNA-mediated gene regulation
Philosophy of biology

Research Interests
Plant molecular biology
DNA replication and recombination in chloroplasts and mitochondria
Transcriptomics of halophytes
Microbiomes of halophytes and salt-tolerant plant growth promoting bacteria

Education
University of California, Irvine, Molecular Biology, Postdoctoral (1985-1988)
Oregon State University, Microbiology, Ph.D. (1985)
Brigham Young University, Microbiology, B.Sc. (1980)

Honors and Awards
BYU Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) and College of Biology & Agriculture Mentoring Environment Grants
Auburn Alumni/Sigma Xi Research Award
U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas: Summer Faculty Research Associate
Oregon State University: Annual Outstanding Graduate Student Publication Award
Oregon State University: Tartar Competitive Research Fellowship in Microbiology
BYU Thermochemical Institute: Outstanding undergraduate research award

Research Interests

I am interested in many aspects of plant molecular biology, particularly DNA replication and recombination in chloroplasts and mitochondria, transcriptomics of halophytes, and microbiomes of halophytes (salt-tolerant plants). With growing problems of soil salinity worldwide that affect crop productivity, our recent work has focused on identifying and characterizing salt-tolerant bacteria from halophytes. Some of the isolated strains have shown the ability to enhance growth of salt-sensitive crops in salty soil.

Teaching Interests

Molecular Biology (general and advanced), Gene Regulation, History and Philosophy of Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Memberships

  • American Society for Microbiology: ( - Present)
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: ( - Present)
  • American Society of Plant Biologists: ( - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Editor, Associate Editor, MDPI Plants Journal, 2018-09-01 - 2018-09-30 - Present
  • Other, Arches Academy, 2018-02-01 - 2018-02-28 - Present
  • Other, Sterling Scholars of Utah, 2018-02-01 - 2018-02-28 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, 2014-11-01 - 2014-11-30 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, University of Karachi, Pakistan, 2012-10-01 - 2012-10-31 - Present
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, National Science Foundation, 2011-08-01 - 2011-08-31 - Present
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Nucleic Acids Research, Physiologia Plantarum, Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, Protist, Journal of Experimental Botany, 2005-01-01 - 2005-01-31 - Present
  • Guest Speaker, Khan Institute of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, 2019-09-01 - 2019-09-30 - 2019-09-01 - 2019-09-30
  • Other, National Institutes of Health, 2018-10-01 - 2018-10-31 - 2019-07-01 - 2019-07-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, 2017-09-01 - 2017-09-30 - 2017-10-01 - 2017-10-31
  • Editor, Associate Editor, Frontiers in Plant Science, 2014-10-01 - 2014-10-31 - 2016-11-01 - 2016-11-30
  • Conference-Related Role, Western Branch, American Society of Plant Biologists, 2016-04-01 - 2016-04-30 - 2016-05-01 - 2016-05-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Univ. of Nebraska; National Central University, Taiwan, 2011-01-01 - 2011-01-31 - 2015-08-01 - 2015-08-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Sterling Scholars of Central Utah, 2009-03-01 - 2009-03-31 - 2013-04-01 - 2013-04-30
  • Conference-Related Role, American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2008-04-01 - 2008-04-30 - 2012-04-01 - 2012-04-30
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Extramural grant and manuscript reviews, 2009-01-01 - 2009-12-31 - 2009-01-01 - 2009-12-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2008-01-01 - 2008-12-31 - 2008-01-01 - 2008-12-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Western branch, American Society of Plant Biologists, 2008-01-01 - 2008-12-31 - 2008-01-01 - 2008-12-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journals, 2006-01-01 - 2006-12-31 - 2006-01-01 - 2006-12-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, United State Dept. of Agriculture, 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31 - 2006-01-01 - 2006-12-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station, 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31 - 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Virological Methods, 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31 - 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31
  • Officer, MMBIO Dept, 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31 - 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Plant Molecular Biology, 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31 - 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31
  • Editor, Associate Editor, Prentice Hall Publishers, 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31 - 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-31 - 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-31
  • Other, NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support Program review panel member, Bethesda MD, 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-31 - 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-31
  • Committee/Council Member, NIH Special Emphasis review panel member, Bethesda MD, 2000-01-01 - 2000-12-31 - 2000-01-01 - 2000-12-31

Courses Taught

2020

  • MMBIO 494R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 699R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 294R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 011
  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 510 : Section 001

2019

  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 294R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 294R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 294R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 512 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 294R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 390R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 012

2018

  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 023
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 003
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 510 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 020
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 021

2017

  • MMBIO 799R: Section 13
  • MMBIO 691R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 003
  • MMBIO 490R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 12
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 12
  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 12
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 390R: Section 001

2016

  • MMBIO 430 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 13
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 003
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 12
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 12
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 12
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 390R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 442 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 12
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 12

2015

  • MMBIO 799R: Section 13
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 020
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 13
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 13
  • MMBIO 515 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 029
  • MMBIO 551R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 513 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 012

2014

  • MMBIO 799R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 027
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 011
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 011
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 009
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 012

2013

  • MMBIO 799R: Section 010
  • MMBIO 691R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 490R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 515 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 009
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 008
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 551R: Section 003
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 009
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 012

2012

  • MMBIO 799R: Section 010
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 513 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 008
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 008
  • MMBIO 551R: Section 003
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 390R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 012

2011

  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 390R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 515 : Section 001
  • PDBIO 120 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 004
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 005
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 005
  • MMBIO 399R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 005
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 008
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 006
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013

2010

  • MMBIO 799R: Section 008
  • MMBIO 691R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 020
  • MMBIO 490R: Section 001
  • PDBIO 120 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 005
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 006
  • MMBIO 399R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 006
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 009
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 005
  • MMBIO 699R: Section 011
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 014
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 011

2009

  • MMBIO 799R: Section 007
  • MMBIO 699R: Section 011
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 014
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 011
  • MMBIO 515 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 005
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 005
  • MMBIO 399R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 010
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 010
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013
  • MMBIO 240 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 009

2008

  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 007
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 011
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 004
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 004
  • MMBIO 399R: Section 003
  • MMBIO 399R: Section 004
  • MMBIO 399R: Section 005
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 001
  • BIOL 494R: Section 021
  • CHEM 497R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 004
  • MMBIO 603 : Section 001
  • BIOL 494R: Section 009
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 013

2007

  • MMBIO 799R: Section 004
  • BIOL 494R: Section 010
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 014
  • MMBIO 615 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 001
  • BIOL 494R: Section 007
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 006
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 006
  • MMBIO 399R: Section 003
  • MMBIO 399R: Section 004
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 010
  • MMBIO 390R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 010
  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 004
  • BIOL 494R: Section 012
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 015

2006

  • MMBIO 799R: Section 004
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 014
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 699R: Section 006
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 006
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 006
  • MMBIO 399R: Section 003
  • MMBIO 399R: Section 004
  • MMBIO 699R: Section 009
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 009
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 009
  • MMBIO 442 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 004
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 005
  • MMBIO 699R: Section 012
  • BIOL 494R: Section 026
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 015
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 012

2005

  • MMBIO 551R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 799R: Section 001
  • MMBIO 699R: Section 013
  • BIOL 494R: Section 010
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 014
  • MMBIO 390R: Section 001
  • BIOL 494R: Section 014
  • BIOL 494R: Section 003
  • MMBIO 442 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 442 : Section 002
  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 699R: Section 013
  • BIOL 494R: Section 006
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 15
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 013

2004

  • MMBIO 699R: Section 013
  • BIOL 494R: Section 003
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 015
  • MMBIO 651R: Section 002
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 007
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 005
  • MMBIO 442 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 441 : Section 001
  • MMBIO 699R: Section 014
  • MMBIO 494R: Section 016
  • MMBIO 695R: Section 014

Publications

  • Chen Y, Yang W, Chang Y, Wang C, Huang W, Li J, Chuang K, Wu H, Chang C, Nielsen BL, et alSeptember 9, 2020. Construction of polycistronic baculovirus surface display vectors to express the PCV2 Cap(d41) protein and analysis of its immunogenicity in mice and swine. 112nd ed.
  • Ahmad N, Nielsen BL. May 28, 2020. Plant Organelle DNA Maintenance. 683rd ed.
  • Tung M, Lu H, Chang Y, Huang W, Liao T, Wu H, Chang C, Fan H, Nielsen BL, Liu H. March 15, 2020. Baculovirus surface display of the HA protein of H5N2 avian influenza virus and its immunogenicity against a lethal challenge with H5N1 virus in chickens.
  • Shah SZ, Rasheed A, Gul B, Khan MA, Nielsen BL, Hameed A. March 30, 2020. Maternal salinity improves yield, size and stress tolerance of Suaeda fruticosa seeds.
  • Asrar H, Hussain T, Qarim M, Nielsen BL, Gul B, Khan MA. January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1, 2020. Salt induced modulations in antioxidative defense system of Desmostachya bipinnata.
  • Cheng C, Tseng H, Chiu H, Chang C, Nielsen B, Liu H. October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 10, 2019. Bovine ephemeral fever virus triggers autophagy enhancing virus replication via upregulation of the Src/JNK/AP1 and PI3K/ Akt/NF‑κB pathways and suppression of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway. 79th ed.
  • Morley SA, Ahmad N, Nielsen B. September 21, 2019. Plant Organelle Genome Replication.
  • Diray-Arce J, Knowles A, Suvorov A, O'Brien J, Hansen C, Bybee SM, Gul B, Khan MA, Nielsen B. September 23, 2019. Identification and evolutionary characterization of salt-responsive transcription factors in the succulent halophyte Suaeda fruticosa. 9th ed.
  • Chiu H, Huang W, Wang Y, Li J, Liao T, Nielsen B, Liu H. September 30, 2019. Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein A1 and lamin A/C modulate nucleoplasmic shuttling of avian reovirus p17. 20th ed.
  • Kearl J, McNary C, Lowman JS, Mei C, Aanderud ZT, Smith ST, West J, Colton E, Hamson M, Nielsen B. August 14, 2019. Salt-tolerant halophyte rhizosphere bacteria stimulate growth of alfalfa in salty soil. 1849th ed.
  • Morley S, Peralta-Castro A, Brieba LG, Miller J, Ong K, Ridge PG, Oliphant A, Aldous S, Nielsen B. June 6, 2019. Arabidopsis thaliana organelles mimic the T7 phage DNA replisome with specific interactions between Twinkle protein and DNA polymerases Pol1A and Pol1B.
  • Shoukat E, Abideen Z, Ahmed MZ, Gulzar S, Nielsen B. March 26, 2019. Changes in growth and photosynthesis linked with intensity and duration of salinity in Phragmites karka: A giant grass.
  • Chi P, Huang W, Chiu H, Li J, Nielsen B, Liu H. August, 2018. Avian reovirus σA-modulated suppression of lactate dehydrogenase and upregulation of glutaminolysis and the mTOC1/eIF4E/HIF-1α pathway to enhance glycolysis and the TCA cycle for virus replication.
  • Chiu HC, Huang WR, Liao TL, Chi PI, Nielsen B, Liu JH, Liu HJ. June 15, 2018. Mechanistic insights into avian reovirus p17-modulated interaction of p53 and cyclin H and suppression of cell-cycle cyclin-dependent kinase activity and complex formation of CDK/cyclin enhancing virus replication. 32nd ed.
  • Weber KS, Bridgewater LC, Jensen JL, Breakwell DP, Nielsen B, Johnson SM. April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 11, 2018. Personal microbiome analysis improves student engagement and interest in Immunology, Molecular Biology, and Genomics undergraduate courses . 4th ed.
  • Asrar H, Hussain T, Gul B, Khan MA, Nielsen B. March 16, 2018. Differential protein expression reveals salt tolerance mechanism of Desmostachya bipinnata at moderate and high levels of salinity. 8th ed.
  • Huang W, Chi P, Chiu H, Hsu J, Nielsen B, Liao T, Liu H. July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 12, 2017. Avian reovirus p17 and A act cooperatively to downregulate Akt by suppressing mTORC2 and CDK2/cyclin A2 and upregulating proteasome PSMB6.
  • Salehi AS, Smith MT, Schinn S, Hunt JM, Muhlestein C, Diray-Arce J, Nielsen B, Bundy BC. June 21, 2017. Efficient tRNA Degradation and Quantification in Escherichia Coli Cell Extract Using RNase‐Coated Magnetic Beads: A Key Step Towards Codon Emancipation. 5th ed.
  • Asrar H, Hussain T, Hadi SMS, Gul B, Nielsen B, Khan MA. January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2017. Salinity induced changes in light harvesting and carbon assimilating complexes of Desmostachya bipinnata (L) Staph.
  • Ahmad N, Burgess SJ, Nielsen B. December, 2016. Advances in Plastid Biology and its Applications.
  • Morley SA, Nielsen B. December 29, 2016. Plant Mitochondrial DNA. Landmark Editionth ed. Mikhail Alexeyev , editor.
  • Nielsen B, Ahmad N, Burgess SJ. September 15, 2016. Advances in plastid biology and its applications.
  • Adnan MY, Hussain T, Asrar H, Hameed A, Gul B, Nielsen B, Khan MA. September 27, 2016. Desmostachya bipinnata manages photosynthesis and oxidative stress at moderate salinity.
  • Perry CE, Gale SD, Erickson LD, Wilson E, Nielsen B, Kauwe JSK, Hedges DW. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2016. Seroprevalence and Serointensity of Latent Toxoplasma gondii in a Sample of Elderly Adults With and Without Alzheimer Disease. 2nd ed.
  • Larson MJ, Clayson PA, Keith CM, Hunt IJ, Hedges DW, Nielsen B, Call VRA. March, 2016. Cognitive Control Adjustments in Healthy Older and Younger Adults: Conflict Adaptation, the Error-Related Negativity (ERN), and Evidence of Generalized Decline with Age.
  • Morley S, Nielsen B. February 4, 2016. Chloroplast DNA copy number changes during plant development in organelle DNA polymerase mutants.
  • Diray-Arce J, Gul B, Khan A, Nielsen B. October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2015. HALOPHYTE TRANSCRIPTOMICS: UNDERSTANDING MECHANISMS OF SALINITY TOLERANCE. M.A. Khan, M. Ozturk, B. Gul, & M.Z. Ahmed (Eds), editors.
  • Diray-Arce J, Clement MJ, Gul B, Khan A, Nielsen B. March, 2015. Transcriptome Assembly, Profiling and Differential Gene Expression Analysis of the Halophyte Suaeda fruticosa Provides Insights into Salt Tolerance.
  • Gul B, Ansari R, Ali H, Adnan Y, Weber DJ, Nielsen B, Koyro HW, Khan MA. December, 2014. The sustainable utilization of saline resources for livestock feed production in arid and semi-arid regions: A model from Pakistan. 12th ed.
  • Cupp JD, Nielsen B. March, 2014. DNA Replication in Plant Mitochondria.
  • Diray-Arce J, Liu B, Cupp JD, Hunt T, Nielsen B. March, 2013. The Arabidopsis At1g30680 gene encodes a homologue to the phage T7 gp4 protein that has both DNA primase and DNA helicase activities.
  • Cupp JD, Nielsen B. December, 2012. A Shift in Cellular Dynamics Occurs in an Arabidopsis Organellar DNA Polymerase IB Mutant. J. Zuo, editor.
  • Lassen MG, Kocchar S, Nielsen B. July (3rd Quarter/Summer), 2011. Identification of a soybean chloroplast DNA replication origin-binding protein. 3-5th ed.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp JD, Brammer J. June, 2010. Mechanisms for maintenance, replication, and repair of the chloroplast genome in plants. 10th ed.
  • Manchekar M, Scissum-Gunn KD, Hammett LA, Backert S, Nielsen B. December, 2009. Mitochondrial DNA recombination in Brassica campestris.
  • Khan MA, Ansari R, Ali H, Gul B, Nielsen B. January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2009. Panicum turgidum, a potentially sustainable cattle feed alternative to maize for saline areas.
  • Nielsen B. July (3rd Quarter/Summer), 2008. Student Study Guide to Accompany Genes IX. Cathleen Sether, editor. Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
  • Nielsen B, Willis VC, Lin CY. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2007. Western blot analysis to illustrate relative control levels of the lac and ara promoters in Escherichia coli.
  • Nielsen B, Grebenok R, Kilpatrick S. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2006. Test Item File for Essential Genes by Benjamin Lewin. Brent Nielsen, editor. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Manchekar M, Scissum-Gunn K, Song D, Khazi F, McLean SL, Nielsen B. March, 2006. DNA recombination activity in soybean mitochondria.
  • Edmondson AC, Song D, Alvarez LA, Wall MK, Almond D, McClellan DA, Maxwell A, Nielsen B. May, 2005. Characterization of a mitochondrially targeted single-stranded DNA binding protein in Arabidopsis thaliana.
  • Nielsen B, Cherry JH. 2004. Metabolic Engineering of Chloroplasts for Abiotic Stress Tolerance, in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology of Plant Organelles. H. Daniell and C.D. Chase, editors. Berlin, Germany: Kluwer Academic Press.
  • Lugo SK, Kunnimalaiyaan M, Singh NK, Nielsen B. January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2004. Required sequence elements for chloroplast DNA replication activity in vitro and in electroporated chloroplasts.
  • Khazi FR, Edmondson AC, Nielsen B. 2003. An Arabidopsis homologue of bacterial RecA that complements an E coli recA deletion is targeted to plant mitochondria.
  • Khazi F, Edmondson AC, Nielsen B. 2003. Characterization of mitochondrial targeted homologues of RecA and SSB in Arabidopsis thaliana.
  • Lassen MG, Nielsen B. 2003. Identification of DNA replication proteins associated with the chloroplast nucleoid.
  • Nielsen B, Khazi F, Edmondson A. 2002. Characterization of mitochondrial targeted homologues of RecA and SSB in Arabidopsis thaliana.
  • Nielsen B, Echols S. 2002. Use of a chloroplast rRNA gene to introduce basic molecular biology techniques.
  • Khazi FR, Nielsen B. 2001. A mitochondria-targeted homologue of E coli RecA in Arabidopsis thaliana.
  • Yang W, Qiu J, Nielsen B, Weaver DB. 2000. A preliminary genetic linkage map of soybean using an intraspecific cross of two cultivars: Peking and Lee.
  • Nielsen B, Lugo SK, Gandhi MS, Kochhar S, Kunnimalaiyaan M, Singh NK. 1999. Electroporation and in vitro chloroplast DNA replication studies.

Presentations

  • Miller AK, Knowles A, Hill JT, Pickett BE, Nielsen B. Gene expression changes in plant inoculated with halophilic bacteria and grown in salty soil. 2020 Annual ASM Intermountain Branch Meeting. December, 2020.
  • Quirante J, Porter C, Quirante T, Nielsen B. Siderophore and biofilm properties of halophilic bacterial strains that may contribute to growth promotion of inoculated plant in salty soil. 2020 Annual ASM Intermountain Branch Meeting. December, 2020.
  • Nielsen B, Miller AK, Knowles A. Halophile Inoculation Significantly Improves Growth of Alfalfa Under Saline Conditions. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. April, 2020.
  • Porter C, Westdyke M, Song E, Nielsen B. Characterization of salt-tolerant bacteria isolated from three halophytes that exhibit growth promotion capabilities with alfalfa grown under saline conditions. Annual meeting, Intermountain Branch of the ASM. March, 2019.
  • Knowles A, Nielsen B. Analysis of differential gene expression in Halomonas-inoculated alfalfa grown in the presence of salt. Annual meeting, Intermountain Branch, ASM. March, 2019.
  • Morley S, Nielsen BL. Ancient enemies working together: how plant organelles reconciled phage and bacterial systems to replicate DNA. PAGXXVII. January, 2019.
  • Nielsen BL, Kearl J, McNary C, Lowman JS, Mei C, Hamson M, Colton E. Bacterial isolates from the halophilic microbiome of three halophytes with potential as inoculants for stimulation of crop growth under saline conditions. PAGXXVII. January, 2019.
  • Nielsen B, Kearl J, West J, McNary C, Hamson M, Colton E. Selected isolates from the halophilic microbiome of Utah halophytes have potential for stimulation of alfalfa growth in salty soil. PGPR (Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria) Workshop. June, 2018.
  • Hamson M, Colton E, Kearl J, West J, McNary C, Nielsen B. The halophilic microbiome of Utah halophytes can stimulate alfalfa growth in salty soil. Tri-Branch meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. April, 2018.
  • Oliphant A, Aldous S, Morley S, Nielsen B. The role of the Twinkle DNA primase/helicase in the plant mitochondrial DNA replisome. Tri-Branch meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Received People's Choice Poster Award. April, 2018.
  • Morley S, Aldous S, Oliphant A, Nielsen B. Twinkle-DNA polymerase interactions and their role in plant mitochondrial DNA replication. Tri-Branch meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Received 1st place Graduate Student talk award. April, 2018.
  • Nielsen B. The microbiome of native Utah halophytes: two isolates stimulate growth of a salt-sensitive crop plant. STEM seminar program, Alabama State University. September, 2017.
  • Morley S, Miller J, Ridge PG, Nielsen B. Assembling the Arabidopsis Mitochondrial DNA Replisome. 28th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research. June, 2017.
  • Kearl J, McNary C, Nielsen B. The microbiome of Utah halophytes. Intermountain Branch meeting, American Society of Microbiology. May, 2017.
  • Hager RL, Hedges DW, Perry CE, Nielsen B, Jeffs D, Salash M, Call VRA, Vehrs PR, Kauwe JSK. Association Between Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms and Carotid Intimal-Media Thickness in Older Adults. Annual Conference - Art and Science of Health Promotion. April, 2017.
  • Kearl J, McNary C, Nielsen B. The microbiome of Utah halophytes. Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. Jennifer and Caitlyn received the third place award for their poster. March, 2017.
  • Morley S, Nielsen B. Ancestry, Redundancy and Function of Arabidopsis PolIA and PolIB. LDS Life Sciences Symposium. July, 2016.
  • Nielsen B, Augenstein T, Moore K, Arce J, Morley S. The Arabidopsis Single Stranded DNA Binding Protein SSB1 May Regulate Mitochondrial and Chloroplast DNA Replication. Mitochondria and Chloroplasts. June, 2016.
  • Herdegen S, Morley S, Nielsen B. Effect of Mars Regolith on Growth of Anabaena variabilis. Western Section Meeting-ASPB. May, 2016.
  • Morley SG, Arce J, Nielsen B. Role of Organelle DNA Polymerases in Mitochondrial and Chloroplast DNA Replication in Arabidopsis thaliana. Western Section Meeting-ASPB. May, 2016.
  • Augenstein T, Arce J, Nielsen B. The Role of a Single Stranded Binding Protein in Plant Mitochondrial and Chloroplast DNA Replication. Western Section Meeting-ASPB. May, 2016.
  • Diray-Arce J, Clement MJ, Nielsen B. Using Bioinformatics as a tool to understand salt tolerance: de novo transcriptome assembly and differential expression analysis of the halophyte Suaeda fruticosa. BIOT 2105-Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Symposium. December, 2015.
  • Nielsen B, Diray-Arce J. Differential expression analysis of genes involved in salt tolerance in the halophyte Suaeda fruticosa. 2nd International Conference on Physiological, Biochemical and Molecular Arguments for Salt Tolerance. October, 2015.
  • Nielsen B, Morley S, Shedge V, Mackenzie SA. Non-redundant functions of dual-localized organellar DNA replication proteins. 9th International Conference for Plant Mitochondrial Biology. May, 2015.
  • Nielsen B, Morley S, Cupp JD. Chloroplast DNA copy number variation during plant development and in replication protein mutants in Arabidopsis. From Molecules to Cells seminar program. May, 2015.
  • Diray-Arce J, Clement MJ, Gul B, Khan MA, Nielsen B. Global Profiling, de novo assembly, differential expression and phylogeny of the halophyte Suaeda fruticosa to understand salinity tolerance. BIOT 2104-Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Symposium. December, 2014.
  • Perry C, Hedges DW, D R, Nielsen B, Larson MJ, Kauwe JSK, Call VRA. Associations between telomere length and allelic variation in two groups of older adults. Gerontological Society of American meeting. November, 2014.
  • Larson MJ, Perry C, Hedges DW, Nielsen B, Holt-Lunstad J, Call VRA. The interaction between dopamine D2 receptor gene, telomere length, and ERP indices in performance monitoring in community-dwelling older adults. Society for Psychophysiological Research . September, 2014.
  • HIll KR, Hunt I, Perry CE, Hedges DW, Nielsen B, Holt-Lunstad J, Call MJ, Larson MJ. Performance monitoring and serotonin transporter gene polymorphisms (5-HTTLRP) in older adults. Society for Psychophysiological Research . September, 2014.
  • Nielsen B, Arce J. Transcriptome and proteome analysis of genes involved in salt tolerance in the halophyte Suaeda fruticosa. International Conference on Halophytes for Food Security in Dry Lands. May, 2014.
  • Ricks D, Perry C, Hedges DW, Nielsen B, Kauwe JSK, Call VRA. Relationship between polymorphisms associated with major depression, cognitive function, and stress regulation and telomere length in older community-dwelling adults and older competitive athletes. American Society of Microbiology Intermountain Branch. March, 2014.
  • Perry CE, Farrer TJ, Hedges DW, Nielsen B, Holt-Lunstad J, Kauwe JSK, Call VRA, Larson MJ. ApoE genotype, performance monitoring, and attention in older adults. International Neuropsychological Society . February, 2014.
  • Farrer TJ, Perry CE, Hedges DW, Larson MJ, Call VRA, Holt-Lunstad J, Nielsen B. Attention and dopamine function in relation to performance monitoring in community-dwelling older adults: an event-related potential study. International Neuropsychological Society . February, 2014.
  • Larson MJ, Perry CE, Nielsen B, Holt-Lunstad J, Farrer TJ, Hedges DW, Call VRA. The influence of telomere length on cognitive functioning in healthy community-dwelling older adults. International Neuropsychological Society . February, 2014.
  • Diray-Arce J, Clement MJ, Gul B, Khan A, Nielsen B. De novo Transcriptome Assembly of the halophyte Suaeda fruticosa. Plant & Animal Genomes XXII. January, 2014.
  • Diray-Arce J, Clement MJ, Gul B, Khan A, Nielsen B. Optimization and analysis of de novo transcriptome assembly of the halophyte Suaeda fruticosa. BIOT (Biotechnology and Bionformatics). December, 2013.
  • Perry C, Ng R, Williams K, Lu H, Call VRA, Hedges DW, Nielsen B. Frequency of the Bcl1 polymorphism in adults, athletic older adults, community-dwelling older adults, and depression: a cross-sectional study and meta-analysis. LDS Life Science Symposium . July, 2013.
  • Diray-Arce J, Gul B, Khan A, Nielsen B. Characterization of salt-tolerant genes in the halophyte Suaeda fruticosa. LDS Life Sciences Symposium. July, 2013.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp JD, Brammer J. A tale of two polymerases: The dual-localized organelle DNA polymerases in Arabidopsis are not fully functionally redundant. Third International Symposium on Chloroplast Genomics and Genetic Engineering. May, 2013.
  • Harding A, Wirthlin MJ, Nielsen B. Single Event Upset Mitigation for MGT-Based Aurora Protocols. MAPLD 2013. April, 2013.
  • Larson MJ, Clayson PE, Call VRA, Nielsen B, Hedges DW. Cognitive control and conflict adaptation in healthy older adults: an electrophysiological study. International Neuropsychological Society. February, 2013.
  • Perry C, Lu H, Hedges DW, Nielsen B. Genetic markers, stress, and healthy aging. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology . April, 2012.
  • Nielsen B, Wright A, Perry C, Cupp JD. Characterization of Arabidopsis Mitochondrial SSB1. Annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists. August, 2011.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp JD, Brammer J. Two dual-targeted organellar DNA polymerases in Arabidopsis: Analysis of expression and T-DNA insertion lines indicates separate functions. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists. August, 2011.
  • Nielsen B. The role of two Arabidopsis dual-targeted organellar DNA polymerases in genome replication. June, 2011.
  • Hedges DW, Jensen B, Call VRA, Nielsen B. Frequency of the TaqA1 dopamine polymorphism in healthy, high-functioning older adults: a cross-sectional study. Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. April, 2011.
  • Nielsen B, Khan A, Gul B. Building capabilities for the molecular and biochemical characterization of photosynthesis and oxidative stress gene expression in halophytes with potential use as nonconventional crops. Pakistan-US Science and Technology Conference 2011. March, 2011.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp J. Characterization of mitochondrial-targeted RecA in Arabidopsis. 9th International Plant Molecular Biology Congress. 2009.
  • Nielsen B, Brammer J. The role of organelle-targeted DNA polymerases in mitochondrial DNA replication and recombination in A thaliana. 9th International Plant Molecular Biology Congress. 2009.
  • LU H, Nielsen B, Call VRA, Alarcon T. PCR Based Analysis of Linkage between Genetic Markers and Human Behavioral Disorders. American Society for Microbiology. 2009.
  • Call VRA, Hedges DW, Nielsen B. Frequency of dopamine A1 polymorphism in a Healthy, High-Functioning Elderly Sample. Gerontological Society of America. 2009.
  • Nielsen B. The Arabidopsis mitochondrial-localized TWINKLE homologue has DNA primase and DNA helicase activities. International Conference for Plant Molecular Biology. 2009.
  • Nielsen B. The Role of the Arabidopsis TWINKLE Homologue in Regulation of Mitochondrial Genome Copy Number. Plant Science Initiative faculty. 2009.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp JD. The Role of the Arabidopsis TWINKLE Homologue in Mitochondrial DNA Replication. Utah Plant Genetics group. 2009.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp J, Hunt T, Liu B. Mitochondrial DNA Recombination in Arabidopsis thaliana. Annual meeting, American Society of Plant Biologists. abstractsaspborg/pb2008/public/. 2008.
  • Nielsen B. Identification and characterization of a novel mitochondrial TWINKLE protein in Arabidopsis thaliana with both DNA primase and DNA helicase activities. Dept of Biological Sciences Seminar Program. 2008.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp J. Reduced expression of mitochondrial targeted RecA causes phenotypic differences in Arabidopsis. Experimental Biology 2008-American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. wwweb2008org. 2008.
  • Nielsen B, Hunt T, Liu B, Powell B. Twinkle Primase/Helicase Protein in Arabidopsis thaliana. Experimental Biology 2008-American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. wwweb2008org. 2008.
  • Nielsen B. Identification and characterization of a novel mitochondrial TWINKLE protein in Arabidopsis thaliana with both DNA primase and DNA helicase activities. Science Seminar Program. 2008.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp J. Characterization of mitochondrial targeted RecA by phenotypic and molecular analysis of mutants. Western branch meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists. 2008.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp JD, Willis VC, Liu B. Analysis of the role of the Arabidopsis DNA recombination protein RecA in maintenance of plant mitochondrial DNA. 107th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. gmasmorg. 2007.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp JD, Willis VC. Mitochondrial DNA recombination and repair in Arabidopsis thaliana. 8th International Congress of Plant Molecular Biology. 2006.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp J, Hawkins P. Characterization of T-DNA insertions in putative mitochondrial-targeted DNA polymerase, SSB, and topoisomerase II genes in Arabidopsis thaliana. Annual meeting of American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. wwweb2006org. 2006.
  • Nielsen B, Hazard LF, Cupp JD. Exploring the role of DNA helicase genes targeting mitochondria and chloroplasts in Arabidopsis thaliana. Annual meeting, American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. wwweb2006org. 2006.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp JD. Molecular and morphological analysis by transmission electron microscopy and inducible RNAi of two genes that encode mitochondrial recombination proteins found in Arabidopsis. Annual meeting, American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. wwweb2006org. 2006.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp JD, Wyllie MV. Quantification of mitochondrial genome copy number in wild type and recombination protein mutants and wild type Arabidopsis thaliana using quantitative real time PCR. Annual meeting, American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. eb2006org. 2006.
  • Nielsen B, Willis VC. T-DNA insertion analysis of chloroplast DNA replication proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana. Annual meeting, American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. wwweb2006org. 2006.
  • Nielsen B, Song D. Characterization of stand invasion and DNA helicase activities in soybean mitochondria. Annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2005.
  • Nielsen B, Hawkins PG. Characterization of T-DNA insertions in a putative mitochondria-targeted topoisomerase II gene in Arabidopsis thaliana. Annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2005.
  • Nielsen B, Cupp JD. Morphologic analysis by transmission electorn microscopy of T-DNA insertions in three Arabidopsis genes which encode mitochondrial targeted DNA recombination proteins. Annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2005.
  • Nielsen B, Karim MS. Western blot analysis of RecA and SSB in Arabidopsis mitochondria. Annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2005.
  • Nielsen B, Song D, Cupp J, Hawkins P. Mitochondrial DNA recombination proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana. Annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists. 2005.
  • Nielsen B. DNA recombination in plant mitochondria. Dept Seminar. 2005.
  • Nielsen B, Edmondson AC, Song D, Wall M. Identification and characterization of Arabidopsis genes encoding mitochondrial targeted DNA recombination proteins. 2004.
  • Nielsen B, Lassen MG, Zundel MA. Identification of a chloroplast DNA replication initiation protein. 2004.
  • Nielsen B, Edmondson AC, Khazi F. Characterization of mitochondrial targeted homologues of RecA and SSB in Arabidopsis thaliana. annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2003.
  • Nielsen B, Lugo SK, Zundel MA. In search of chloroplast DNA replication initiation proteins. annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2003.
  • Nielsen B, Edmondson AC, Khazi FR. Identification and characterization of a mitochondrial targeted RecA homologue in Arabidopsis thaliana. annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists. 2003.
  • Nielsen B, Lassen MG. Identification of DNA replication proteins associated with the chloroplast nucleoid. annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists. 2003.
  • Nielsen B. DNA recombination in Plant Mitochondria. Dept of Biology, Alabama State University. 2002.
  • Nielsen B, Khazi F, Edmondson A. Characterization of mitochondrial targeted homologues of RecA and SSB in Arabidopsis thaliana. Gordon Research Conference on Mitochondria and Chloroplasts. 2002.
  • Nielsen B, Khazi FR. A mitochondria-targeted homologue of E coli RecA in Arabidopsis thaliana. 12th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research. 2001.
  • Nielsen B. Two invited research talks: Structural Organization and Recombination of Plant Mitochondrial Genomes; and Chloroplast DNA Replication Origins and Origin-Binding Proteins. BYU Molecular Biology Program Series. 2001.
  • Nielsen B. Tobacco Chloroplast DNA Replication Origins and Origin-Binding Proteins. Dept of Biological Sciences. 2001.
  • Nielsen B. Invited research talks. 2000.
  • Nielsen B, Lugo SK, Gandhi MS, Kochhar S, Kunnimalaiyaan M, Singh NK. Electroporation and in vitro chloroplast DNA replication studies. American Society of Plant Physiologists. 1999.
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