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Brent Nielsen

Professor
Microbiology and Molecular Biology Faculty, Microbiology & Molecular Biology

3130 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

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.

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

Education

  • Post Doctoral, Molecular Biology , University of California, Irvine (1988)
  • PhD, Microbiology , Oregon State University (1985)
  • BS, Microbiology , Brigham Young University (1980)

Honors and Awards

  • Biology and Agriculture College Professorship, Brigham Young Univ. College of Biology & Agriculture (2005 - 2005)
  • Mentored Andrew Edmondson and Mike Zundel, undergraduate students, ORCA Research Scholarships (2003 - 2003)
  • Mentored undergraduate student Andrew Edmondson, ORCA Research Scholarship (2002 - 2003)
  • Mentoring grants, BYU Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) and College of Biology & Agriculture (2001 - 2002)
  • Alumni/Sigma Xi Research Award recipient, Auburn (1998 - 1998)
  • Summer Faculty Research Associate, U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, San Antonio, Texas, Brooks Air Force Base (1997 - 1997)
  • Campus Biotechnology Training Program, University of California, Irvine, Postdoctoral Training Fellowship (1986 - 1988)
  • Annual Outstanding Graduate Student Publication Award, Graduate School, Oregon State Univ. (1985 - 1985)
  • Tartar Competitive Research Fellowship, Microbiology, Oregon State University (1981 - 1983)
  • Outstanding undergraduate research award, Thermochemical Institute, Brigham Young University (1980 - 1980)

Administrative Assignments

  • : Department Chair (2005 - 2011)

Memberships

  • American Society for Microbiology (1998 - Present)
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1991 - Present)
  • American Society of Plant Biologists (1989 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan (2019 - Present)
  • Editor, Associate Editor, MDPI Plants Journal (2018 - Present)
  • Other, Sterling Scholars of Utah (2018 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, University of Karachi, Pakistan (2016 - Present)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture (2014 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, University of Karachi, Pakistan (2012 - Present)
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, National Science Foundation (2011 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Nucleic Acids Research, Nature Plants, Scientific Reports, Physiologia Plantarum, Plant Cell, Plant Physiology, Protist, Journal of Experimental Botany (2005 - Present)
  • Guest Speaker, University of Karachi (2021 - 2021)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Louisiana State University (2021 - 2021)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan (2021 - 2021)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (2017 - 2021)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, University of Tasmania, Australia (2020 - 2020)
  • Other, Arches Academy (2018 - 2020)
  • Guest Speaker, Khan Institute of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (2019 - 2019)
  • Other, National Institutes of Health (2018 - 2019)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan (2018 - 2018)
  • Editor, Associate Editor, Frontiers in Plant Science (2014 - 2016)
  • Conference-Related Role, Western Branch, American Society of Plant Biologists (2016 - 2016)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Univ. of Nebraska; National Central University, Taiwan (2011 - 2015)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Sterling Scholars of Central Utah (2009 - 2013)

Courses Taught

Publications

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Presentations

Brent Nielsen Joann Arce Bilquees Gul
Ashley K. Miller Alisa Knowles Jonathon T Hill Brett Earl Pickett Brent Nielsen
Jaron Quirante Cardon Porter Tyler Quirante Brent Nielsen
Brent Nielsen Ashley K. Miller Alisa Knowles
Cardon Porter Morgan Westdyke Eun Song Brent Nielsen
Alisa Knowles Brent Nielsen
Stewart Morley Brent L. Nielsen
Brent L. Nielsen Jennifer Kearl Caitlyn McNary James Scott Lowman Chuansheng Mei Michelle Hamson Emily Colton
Brent Nielsen Jennifer Kearl Jason West Caitlyn McNary Michelle Hamson Emily Colton
Michelle Hamson Emily Colton Jennifer Kearl Jason West Caitlyn McNary Brent Nielsen
Amanda Oliphant Stephen Aldous Stewart Morley Brent Nielsen
Stewart Morley Stephen Aldous Amanda Oliphant Brent Nielsen
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Stewart Morley Justin Miller Perry Gene Ridge Brent Nielsen
Jennifer Kearl Caitlyn McNary Brent Nielsen
Jennifer Kearl Caitlyn McNary Brent Nielsen
Stewart Morley Brent Nielsen
Brent Nielsen Tyler Augenstein Kelsey Moore Joann Arce Stewart Morley
Savannah Herdegen Stewart Morley Brent Nielsen
Stewart G Morley Joann Arce Brent Nielsen
Tyler Augenstein Joann Arce Brent Nielsen
Joann Diray-Arce Mark Joel Clement Brent Nielsen
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Brent Nielsen Stewart Morley Vikas Shedge Sally A. Mackenzie
Brent Nielsen Stewart Morley John D. Cupp
Joann Diray-Arce Mark Joel Clement Bilquees Gul M. Ajmal Khan Brent Nielsen
Michael J Larson Cynthia Perry Dawson Ward Hedges Brent Nielsen Julianne Holt-Lunstad Vaughn R A Call
K R HIll I Hunt Cinthia E Perry Dawson Ward Hedges Brent Nielsen Julianne Holt-Lunstad Michael J Call Michael J Larson
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Michael J Larson Cynthia E Perry Brent Nielsen Julianne Holt-Lunstad Thomas J. Farrer Dawson Ward Hedges Vaughn R A Call
Joann Diray-Arce Mark Joel Clement Bilquees Gul Ajmal Khan Brent Nielsen
Joann Diray-Arce Mark Joel Clement Bilquees Gul Ajmal Khan Brent Nielsen
Joann Diray-Arce Bilquees Gul Ajmal Khan Brent Nielsen
Brent Nielsen John D Cupp Jeffrey Brammer
Michael J Larson Peter E Clayson Vaughn R A Call Brent Nielsen Dawson Ward Hedges
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