Mark Beilstein

Associate Professor - School of Plant Sciences, Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
(520) 626-1562 / (520) 626-1563 (Lab)

Educational Background

  • National Research Service Awardee - National Institutes of Health, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Texas A&M University
  • Mercer Post-doctoral Fellow, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
  • PhD - Biology, University of Missouri St. Louis, Missouri Botanical Garden
  • MS - Biology, University of Utah
  • BA - Biology, Grinnell College

Research Interests

  • Evolution in the plant family Brassicaceae (mustard family)
  • Plant telomeres
  • Evolution of protein complexes
  • Evolution of Long Intergenic Non-coding RNAs

Selected Publications

Global Analysis of the RNA-Protein Interaction and RNA Secondary Structure Landscapes of the Arabidopsis Nucleus. 2015. Sager J. Gosai, Shawn W. Foley, Dongxue Wang, Ian M. Silverman, Nur Selamoglu, Andrew D.L. Nelson, Mark A. Beilstein, Fevzi Daldal, Roger B. Deal, Brian D. Gregory. Molecular Cell. 57:376-388.
Extending the model of Arabidopsis telomere length and composition across Brassicaceae. 2014. Nelson, A. D. L., E. S. Forsythe, X. Gan, M. Tsiantis, and M. A. Beilstein. Chromosome Research. doi: 10.1007/s10577-014-9423-y.
Distinct roles for SOS1 in the convergent evolution of salt tolerance in Eutrema salsugineum and Schrenkiella parvula. 2014. Jarvis, D, C-H Ryu, M.A. Beilstein, and K.S. Schumaker. Molecular Biology and Evolution. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu152
The reference genome of the halophytic plant Eutrema salsugineum. 2013. Yang, R., Jarvis, D.E., Chen, H., Beilstein, M.A., Grimwood, J., Jenkins, J., Shu, S., Prochnik, S., Xin, M., Ma, C., Schmutz, J., Wing, R.A., Mitchell-Olds, T., Schumaker, K.S., Wang, X. Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00046.
Evolution of the Arabidopsis telomerase RNA. 2012. Beilstein M.A., Brinegar A.E., and Shippen D.E. Frontiers in Genetics 3:188. doi:10.3389/fgene.2012.00188.
Dated molecular phylogenies indicate a Miocene origin for Arabidopsis. 2010. Beilstein, M. A., N. Nagalingum, M. D. Clements, S. R. Manchester, and S. Mathews. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.107(43): 18724-18728.
Evolution of CST function in telomere maintenance. 2010. Price, C. M., K. A. Boltz, M. X. Chaiken, J. A. Stewart, M. A. Beilstein,and D. E. Shippen. Cell Cycle 9(16): 3157-3165.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • MCB 181 - Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology (Fall)

Research Areas

  • Biochemistry and Physiology
  • Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Genetics and Epigenetics
  • Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Systems Biology