Monica Schmidt

Assistant Professor - School of Plant Sciences, BIO5 Institute
520-626-1643

Educational Background

  • 1993 BSc Biology University of Windsor, Ontario Canada
  • 1999 PhD Genetics University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada
  • 2003 post-doctorate fellow University of Georgia
  • 2007 post-doctorate associate USDA/ARS, St.Louis MO
  • 2008 Senior Research Scientist, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St.Louis MO

Research Interests

  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Seed Biology
  • Nutraceuticals

Selected Publications

Schmidt, M.A., Barbazuk, W.B., Stanford, M., May. G., Song, Z., Hong, W., Nikolau, B.J., Herman, E.M. (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, E.M., Schmidt, M.A. (2011) Designing oilseeds for value-added protein co-products. In; Designing Soybeans for 21st Century Markets. Ed. R.Wilson. AOCS Press.
Semenyuk, E.G., Schmidt, M.A., Beachy, R.N., Moravec, T., Woodford-Thomas, T. (2010) Adaptation of an ecdysone-based genetic switch for transgene expression in soybean seeds. Transgenic Research 19: 987-999.
Herman, E.M. and Schmidt, M.A. (2010) Industrial protein production crops. GM crops 1: 1-6
Semenyuk, E.G., Schmidt, M.A., Woodford-Thomas, T. Moravec, T. (2009) Engineering seeds for the production and delivery of oral vaccines. In, Modification of seed composition to promote health and nutrition. American Society of Agronomy (ed) H.Krishnan pp121-150.
Schmidt, M.A. and Herman, E.M. (2008) Proteome rebalancing in soybean seeds can be exploited to enhance foreign protein accumulation. Plant Biotech J 6: 832-842.
Schmidt, M.A. and Herman, E.M. (2008) Suppression of soybean oleosin produces micro-oil bodies that aggregate into oil body/ER complexes Molecular Plant 1: 910-924.
Schmidt, M.A., Lafayette, P.R., Artelt, B.J. and Parrott, W.A. (2008) A comparison of strategies for transformation with multiple genes via microprojectile-mediated bombardment. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plants 44: 162-168.
Livingston, D., Beilinson, V., Kalayaeva, M., Schmidt, M.A., Herman, E.M. and Nielson, N.C. (2007) Reduction of protease inhibitor activity by expression of a mutant Bowman-Birk gene in soybean seed. Plant Molecular Biology 64:397-408.
Moravec, T., Schmidt, M.A., Herman E.M. and Woodford-Thomas, T. (2007) Production of Escherichia coli heat labile toxin (Lt)B subunit in soybean seed and analysis of its immunogenicity. Vaccine 25: 1647-1657.
Joseph, L.M., Hymowitz, T., Schmidt, M.A. and Herman, E.M. (2005) Evaluation of Glycine germplasm for nulls of the immunodominant allergen P34/Gly m Bd 30k. Crop Science 46: 1755-1763.
Herman, E.M. and Schmidt, M.A. (2004) Endoplasmic reticulum to vacuole trafficking of endoplasmic reticulum bodies provides an alternative pathway for protein transfer to the vacuole. Plant Physiology 136: 3440-3446.
Schmidt, M.A., Tucker, D.M., Cahoon, E.B. and Parrott, W.A. (2004) Towards normalization of soybean somatic embryo maturation. Plant Cell Reports 24: 383-391.
Schmidt, M.A., Dietrech, C.R. and Cahoon, E.B. (2004) Biotechnological enhancement of soybean oil for lubricant applications. Chapter in Book entitled, “Synthetic, Mineral Oil and Bio-based Lubricants: Chemistry and Technology” CRC publisher. L.R. Runick (editor).

Research Areas

  • Biochemistry and Physiology
  • Genetics and Epigenetics
  • Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Systems Biology
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