Eliot Herman

Professor - School of Plant Sciences, Bio5

Educational Background

  • BA, Biology, 1973, College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MA, Biology, 1975, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ph.D, Biology, 1980, University of California, San Diego
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 1980-81, California Institute of Technology
  • Postdoctoral Associate, 1981-84, University of California, Riverside
  • Asst. Research Biochemist, 1984, University of California, Riverside

Research Interests

  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Seed Biology
  • Plant Biotechnology

Selected Publications

Schmidt MA, Barbazuk WB, Stanford M, May G, Song Z, Hong W, Nikolau BJ, Herman EM (2011) Silencing of soybean seed storage proteins results in a rebalanced protein composition preserving seed protein content without major collateral changes in the metabolome and transcriptome. Plant Physiology 156:330-345
Herman EM, Burks AW (2011) The impact of plant biotechnology on food allergy. Curr. Opinion Biotechnology 22: 224-30
JK Miller, Herman EM, Jahn M and Bradford KJ (2010) Strategic Research, Education and Policy Goals for Seed Science and Crop Improvement. Plant Science 179: 645-652
Herman EM and Schmidt MA (2010) Industrial Protein Production Crops - New Needs and New Opportunities. GM Crops, (inaugural cover article) 1:2-7.
Bilyeu K, Ren C, Nguyen HT, Herman E, and Sleper DA. (2009). Association of a four basepair insertion in the P34 gene with the low allergen trait in soybean. The Plant Genome 2:141-148
Herman EM (2008) Endoplasmic reticulum bodies: Solving the insoluble. Curr. Opinion in Plant Biology. 11:672-679
Schmidt MA and Herman EM (2008) Suppression of soybean oleosin produces micro-oil bodies that aggregate into oil body/ER complexes. Molec Plant 1:910- 924
Schmidt MA, and Herman EM (2008) Proteome rebalancing in soybean seeds can be exploited to enhance foreign protein accumulation. Plant Biotech J 6: 832- 842
Barrows FT., Bellis D, Krogdahl A, Silverstein JT, Herman EM, Sealey WM, Rust MB, Gatlin III DM. (2007) Report of the plant products in aquafeed strategic planning workshop: An integrated, interdisciplinary research roadmap for increasing utilization of plant feedstuffs in diets for carnivorous fish. Aquaculture Res 38:551-579
Livingstone III DP, Beilinson V, Kalayaeva M, Schmidt MA, Herman EM and Nielsen NC (2007) Reduction of protease inhibitor activity by expression of a mutant Bowman-Birk gene in soybean seed. Plant Molec Biol 64:397-408
Moravec T, Schmidt MA, Herman EM, and Woodford-Thomas T (2006) Production of Escherichia coli heat labile toxin (LT) B subunit in soybean seed and its analysis of its immunogenicity as an oral vaccine. Vaccine 25:1647-1657
Herman EM, Rotter K, Premakumar R, Elwinger R, Bae R, Ehler-King L, Chen S, and Livingston III DP (2006) Additional freeze hardiness in wheat acquired by exposure to -3oC is associated with extensive physiological, morphological and molecular changes. J Exp Bot 57:1-18
Josephs LM, Hymowitz T, Schmidt MA, and Herman EM (2006) Evaluation of Glycine germplasm for nulls of the immunodominant allergen P34/Gly m Bd 30k. Crop Sci. 46:1755-1763
Bachvaroff T, Concepcion GT, Rogers CR, Herman EM, Delwiche CF (2004) Dinoflagellate expressed sequence tag data indicate massive transfer of chloroplast genes to the nuclear genome. Protist 155:65-78
Dwivedi RS, Breiman A, and Herman EM. (2003) Differential distribution of the cognate and heat-stress induced isoforms of high Mr a cis-trans prolyl peptidyl isomerase in the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm. J Exp Bot 54:2679-2689
Herman EM, Helm R, Jung R, and Kinney AC (2003) Genetic modification removes an immunodominant allergen from soybean. Plant Physiol 132:36-43

Research Areas

  • Biochemistry and Physiology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Systems Biology