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Clinton Whipple

Associate Professor

4027 LSB
Provo, UT 84602


PhD at UC San Diego
Postdoc at Cold Spring Harbor lab

Teaching Interests

Plant diversity
Plant development

Research Interests

Evolution and genetics of plant development

Courses Taught

Winter 2019

  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 020

Fall 2018

  • BIO 194: Intro to Mentored Research Section 004
  • BIO 230: Biological Diversity: Plants Section 001, 002
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 020

Summer 2018

  • BIO 494R: Plant Biology Section 025

Spring 2018

  • BIO 235: Field Botany Section 001
  • BIO 699R: Master's Thesis Section 011


Journal Articles

Klein H, Xiao Y, Conklin PA, Govindarajulu R, Kelley J, Scanlon MJ, Whipple CJ, Bartlett M. 2018. Bulked-Segregant Analysis Coupled to Whole Genome Sequencing (BSA-Seq) for Rapid Gene Cloning in Maize. G3: Genes Genomes Genetics. 8(11):3583-3592.

Bommert P, Whipple CJ. 2018. Grass inflorescence architecture and meristem determinacy. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology. 79:37-47.

Whipple CJ. 2017. Tansley Insight: Grass inflorescence architecture and evolution: the origin of novel signaling centers. New Phytologist. 2016(2):367-372.

Sun X, Cahill J, Hautegem TV, Feys K, Whipple C, Novak O, Delbare S, Versteele C, De Block J, Demuynk K, et al. 2017. Altered expression of maize PLASTOCHRON1 enhances biomass and seed yield by extending cell division duration. Nature Communications.

Yang CJ, Kursel LE, Studer AJ, Bartlett ME, Whipple CJ, Doebley JF. 2016. A gene for genetic background in zea mays: fine mapping enhancer of teosintebranched1.2 (etb1.2) to a YABBY class transcription factor. Genetics. 204(4):1573-1585.

Bartlett M, Thompson B, Brabazon H, Del Gizzi R, Zhang T, Whipple CJ. 2016. Evolutionary dynamics of floral homeotic transcription factor protein-protein interactions. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 33(6):1486-1501.

Kummer TA, Whipple CJ, Jensen JL. 2016. Prevalence and persistence of misconceptions in tree thinking. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.

Pickett B, Karlinsey S, Penrod C, Cormier M, Ebbert M, Shiozawa DK, Whipple CJ, Ridge PG. 2016. SA-SSR: a suffix array-based algorithm for exhaustive and efficient SSR discovery in large genetic sequences. btw298.

Bartlett ME, Williams SK, Taylor Z, DeBlasio S, Goldschmidt A, Hall DH, Schmidt RJ, Jackson DP, Whipple CJ. 2015. The maize PI/GLO ortholog Zmm16/sterile tassel silky ear1 (sts1) interacts with the zygomorphy and sex determination pathways in flower development. The Plant Cell. 27:3081-3098.

Gallavotti A, Whipple CJ. 2015. Positional Cloning in Maize. Applications in Plant Sciences. 3(1):13.

Bartlett ME, Whipple CJ. 2013. Protein change in plant evolution: tracing one thread connecting molecular and phenotypic diversity. Frontiers in Plant Science. 4:1-16.

Kellogg EA, Camera PS, Rudall P, Ladd P, Malcomber ST, Whipple CJ, Doust AN. 2013. Early inflorescence development in the grasses (Poaceae). Frontiers in Plant Science. 4:1-16.

Wills DM, Whipple CJ, Takuno S, Kursel LE, Shannon LM, Ross-Ibarra JJ, Doebley JF. 2013. From many, one: genetic control of profligacy during maize domestication. PLOS Genetics. 9(e1003604):1-13.

Whipple CJ. 2012. Defining the plant germline: nature or nurture?. Science. 337(6092):301-302.

Whipple CJ, Kebrom TH, Weber AL, Yang F, Hall DH, Meeley RB, Schmidt RJ, Doebley J, Brutnell TP, Jackson DP. 2011. grassy tillers1 promotes apical dominance in maize and responds to shade signals in the grasses. Proceedlings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

Gallavotti A, Gaines C, Satnfield S, Whipple CJ, Kellogg EA, Malcomber S, Schmidt RJ. 2011. The BARREN STALK FASTIGIATE1 (BAF1) AT-hook transcription factor is required for the formation of maize ears. The Plant Cell. 23(3).

Chuck G, Whipple CJ, Jackson D, Hake S. 2010. The maize SBP-box transcription factor encoded by tasselsheath4 regulates bract development and the establishment of meristem boundaries. Development. 137(8):1243-1250.

Whipple CJ, Hall DH, DeBlasio S, Shiobara FT, Schmidt RJ, Jackson DP. 2010. A conserved mechanism of bract suppression in the grass family. The Plant Cell. 22(3):565-578.

Thompson BE, Bartling L, Whipple CJ, Hall DH, Sakai H, Hake S, Schmidt R. 2009. bearded-ear Encodes a MADS Box Transcription Factor. The Plant Cell. 21:2578-2590.

Whipple CJ, Zanis M, Kellogg EA, Schmidt RJ. 2007. Conservation of B class gene expression in the second whorl of a basal grass and outgroups links the origin of lodicules and petals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104:1081-1086.

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