Professor of Biology
Plant Physiology and Science Education
Phone: (707) 826-5559
Office: Science C 106
Personal Website: N/A
BS, MS, PhD University of Michigan
Principles of Biology
Plant Tissue Culture
Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy
- Secondary Science Methods
Science Student Teaching Seminar
Summary of research
How plants respond to heavy metal stress with a focus on ultrastructural studies (transmission electron microscopy)
of plants grown in lead-contaminated conditions. I hope to apply results of this research to improving phytoremediation
techniques for heavy-metal contaminated sites in California and the US.
I also study gravitropism in cereal grasses. My current focus is on ultrastructural studies of starch changes in
cells undergoing the gravitropic response.
- Kornfeld, J.A., Kaufman, P.B., Lu, C.R., Gibson, D.M., Bolling, S.F., Warber, S.L., Chang, S.C., and Kirakosyan, A. (2007) The production of hypericins in two selected Hypericum perforatum shoot cultures is related to differences in black gland structure. Physiology and Biochemistry, 45: 24-32.
- Cseke, L.J., Lu, C.R., Kornfeld, J.A., and Kaufman, P.B. (2006). How and Why These Compounds Are Synthesized
by Plants. In Natural Products From Plants (2nd Ed.), Cseke, L.J., Kaufman, Eds., CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
Lu, C.R., Kaufman, P.B., and Cseke, L.J. (2004) Microscopy: Light, Scanning Electron, Environmental Scanning Electron,
Transmission Electron, and Confocal. In Handbook of Molecular and Cellular Methods in Biology and Medicine (2nd Ed.),
Cseke, L.J., Kaufman, P.B., Podila, G., and Tsai, C-J., Eds., CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
Kaufman, P.B., Coon, C.W., Govil, J.N., Hoyt, J.E., Lu, C.R., Madsen, B.J., and Warber, S.L. (2002). CREATING A
SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: Living in Harmony With the Earth, Researcho Book Centre, New Delhi.
Lu, C.R. and Patteson, L.R. (2000) Parental Feeding Behavior in Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Michigan Birds and Natural History, 7 (3): 147-151.
Lu, C.R., L.J. Kleinsmith, and B.E. Voss. (1997). The Effect of a Microcomputer-Based Study Center on Learning in
High School Biology Students. American Biology Teacher, 59 (5): 270-278.
Berger, C.F., Lu, C.R., Belzer, S.J., and Voss, B.E. (1994). Curriculum: Research in Technology. In D. Gabel (Ed.), Handbook of
Research on Science Teaching and Learning. National Science Teachers' Association and MacMillan.
Lu, C.R., Kim, D., and Kaufman, P.B. (1992). Changes in the Ultrastructure of Cell Walls, Cellulose Synthesis, and
Glucan Synthase Activity From Gravistimulated Oat (Avena sativa). International Journal of Plant Sciences, 153 (2): 164-170.
Brock, T.G., Lu, C.R., Ghosheh, N.S., and Kaufman, P.B. (1989). Localization and Pattern of Graviresponse across the
Pulvinus of Barley Hordeum vulgare. Plant Physiology, 91 (2): 744-748.
Song, I., Lu, C.R., Brock, T.G., and Kaufman, P.B. (1988). Do Starch Statoliths Act as the Gravisensors in Cereal Grass
Pulvini? Plant Physiology, 86 (4): 1155-1162.
Former Graduate Students:
Jerry Succoro (2010) "The effectiveness of increase levels of lead (Pb) contaminated soil using the broadleaf cattail Typha latifolia"
Todd Bouchier (2003) " Pb Distribution and Ultrastructural Changes Induced by Pb and EDTA in Shoot Tissues of Brassica juncea (Indian Mustard)"
Brian Exberger (2006) " Lead and Zinc Accumulation and Interaction in Cattail (Typha) a Potential Heavy-Metal Phytoremediation System"
Ari Kornfeld (2006) " Measuring and Modeling the Gravitropic Response of Oat Shoots (Avena sativa)"
Steven McDonald (2006) "Phytoremediation of Lead-Contaminated Soil Using Typha latifolia (Broadleaf Cattail)"