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Amy S. Verhoeven

Professor and Director of the Biochemistry program
Degree
Ph.D. University of Colorado
Office
OWS 357/Lab: OWS388
Phone
(651) 962-5278
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5278
Fax
651.926.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am a plant physiologist/ biochemist with interests in how plants acclimate and adapt to stressful environments.  I am particularly interested in photosynthesis and photoprotective strategies that plants use in times of stress.  A major research focus has been on low temperature stress, and the questions I have been asking center on how plants deal with high light intensities during winter, when photosynthesis is limited.  My projects have centered on leaf antioxidant systems, a photoprotective process called the xanthophyll cycle, and an examination of how the photosynthetic light harvesting proteins change during acclimation to winter conditions, and upon recovery in the spring.  I am also interested in how plants acclimate to a variety of light conditions, particularly with regard to their complement of photosynthetic proteins. 
 
 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 (Undergraduate students are indicated by *.)
 
  • Merry R*, Jerrard J*, Frebault J*, Verhoeven AS (2017) A comparison of pine and spruce in recovery from winter stress; changes in recovery kinetics and the abundance and phosphorylation status of photosynthetic proteins during winter. Tree PhysiologyIn Press
  • García-Plazaola JI, Hernández A, Fernández-Marín B, Esteban R, Peguero-Pina JJ, Verhoeven A, Cavender-Bares J (2017) Photoprotective mechanisms in the genus Quercus in response to winter cold and summer drought. In Peguero-Pina JJ, Gil-Pelegrín E, eds. Oak physiological ecology. Exploring the functional diversity of genus Quercus L. Springer, In Press
 
 

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BCHM 302 - 01 Biochemistry Seminar Series 2 - - - - F - - 1215 - 1320 OSS 326

Days of Week:

- - - - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OSS 326

Course Registration Number:

21065 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy S. Verhoeven

This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of two semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second course (302) is no credit and is graded on a pass-fail basis (S/R). The first course (301) is an in-depth investigation of selected current topics in biochemistry designed to develop critical scientific reading, writing, and presenting skills while exploring biochemical primary literature. The subject matter will vary from year to year and will be announced in the annual Class Schedule. The class will meet for one and a half hours once a week with evaluation based upon in-class discussion and quality of written and oral assignments. The second course (302) is a requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion of, or current enrollment in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 208 - 53 Biological Comm & Energ/Lab - T - - - - - 0815 - 1115 OWS 378

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 1115

Location:

OWS 378

Course Registration Number:

20847 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy S. Verhoeven

The purpose of this course is to introduce the structure and function of cells, and how structure and function drives organismal physiology and diversity. By the end of this course, through lecture and laboratory exercises, students should have an understanding of the basic components of cells, how cells and organisms transfer genetic information to future generations, how communication is integral to cellular and organismal function, and how cells and organisms generate and process energy to drive physiological functions. In addition, students will continue to improve skills for scientific inquiry through activities designed to increase familiarity with the scientific literature and science terminology, improve skills to design and critically analyze experiments, foster ability to work with a scientific team, and provide opportunities to improve scientific writing. Any one topic covered in this course has enough material for a course of its own. However, this course will give basic overview of a series of selected topics that are meant to introduce students to the vast field of cellular and organismal biology and the use of biological science in life. Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in CHEM 112 or CHEM 115 and C- or above in BIOL 207

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 315 - 51 Plants, Food and Medicine/Lab - - W - - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 379

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1730

Location:

OWS 379

Course Registration Number:

21389 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy S. Verhoeven

This course explores the biology of plants from the perspective of our use of plants as a source of food and medicine. Major topics include the overall structure and function of plants, the diversity of plants, and the role of plants as a food source, as well as a source of medicine. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 315 - L01 Plants, Food and Medicine M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OSS 122

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

OSS 122

Course Registration Number:

21388 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy S. Verhoeven

This course explores the biology of plants from the perspective of our use of plants as a source of food and medicine. Major topics include the overall structure and function of plants, the diversity of plants, and the role of plants as a food source, as well as a source of medicine. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 207, BIOL 208 and a minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 393 - I2 Individual Study - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22950 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy S. Verhoeven

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BCHM 301 - L02 Biochemistry Seminar Series 1 - T - - - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS 325

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OSS 325

Course Registration Number:

41140 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy S. Verhoeven

This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of two semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second course (302) bears no credit and is graded on a pass-fail basis (S/R). The first course (301) is an in-depth investigation of selected current topics in biochemistry designed to develop critical scientific reading, writing, and presenting skills while exploring biochemical primary literature. The subject matter will vary from year to year and will be announced in the annual Class Schedule. The class will meet for one and a half hours once a week with evaluation based upon in-class discussion and quality of written and oral assignments. The second course (302) is a requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion or current enrollment in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BCHM 302 - 01 Biochemistry Seminar Series 2 - - - - F - - 1215 - 1320

Days of Week:

- - - - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

Course Registration Number:

40823 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy S. Verhoeven

This sequence of courses is begun the first semester of the junior year and progresses for a total of two semesters. The first (301) course is two credits and is graded on the usual letter grade scale. The second course (302) is no credit and is graded on a pass-fail basis (S/R). The first course (301) is an in-depth investigation of selected current topics in biochemistry designed to develop critical scientific reading, writing, and presenting skills while exploring biochemical primary literature. The subject matter will vary from year to year and will be announced in the annual Class Schedule. The class will meet for one and a half hours once a week with evaluation based upon in-class discussion and quality of written and oral assignments. The second course (302) is a requirement whereby students must attend Biology and Chemistry departmental seminars. Required of all Biochemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 202, completion of, or current enrollment in BIOL 209

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
BIOL 398 - 03 Principles of Biochemistry M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OWS 250

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

OWS 250

Course Registration Number:

41936 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Amy S. Verhoeven

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

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