Joyce Van Eck

Boyce Schulze Downey Professor
Joyce Van Eck
jv27@cornell.edu
Office/Lab: B13/B4
Phone: 607-254-1686
Office/Lab: B13/B4
Email: jv27@cornell.edu
Office Phone: 607-254-1686
Lab Phone: 607-254-1207
Research Overview

The focus of research in the Van Eck laboratory is biotechnological approaches to the study of gene function and crop improvement. For our studies, we apply several genetic engineering strategies to two major food crops: potato and tomato. The development of biotechnological techniques has made it possible to design and introduce gene constructs into plant cells and recover plants that express the introduced genes. Genes of interest to us have the potential to strengthen a plant’s resistance to disease, improve fruit characteristics, and enhance nutritional quality.

Intern Projects
The focus of research in the Van Eck laboratory is biotechnological approaches in the study of gene function and crop improvement.  The development of biotechnological techniques has made it possible to design and introduce gene constructs into plant cells with the subsequent recovery of plants that express the introduced genes.

We have a summer intern position available on a collaborative NSF-funded project to study the networks involved in meristem transitions in plants and their roles in branching variation and flower production.  Together with our collaborators on this project, we have established an approach that utilizes genetic, genomic, natural variation, and biotechnological tools in tomato and related Solanaceae species to identify and characterize the underlying molecular networks regulating shoot architecture and flower production in plants that exhibit the widespread “sympodial” growth habit.

The Van Eck lab’s role in this project is to develop efficient genetic engineering methods for several Solanaceaefamily members to determine candidate gene involvement in meristem transition and branching across species.  In addition, we are responsible for phenotypic analysis of the resultant transgenic lines that we grow in the BTI greenhouse.

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Development of an in vitro propagation method for the classified New York State-threatened native species Agrimonia rostellata
2015
Author(s):Van Eck, J., Keen, P., and Nuzzo, V.
Native Plants J
16,
227-233
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A cascade of arabinosyltransferases controls shoot meristem size in tomato
2015
Author(s):Xu, C., Liberatore, K.L., MacAlister, C.A., Huang, Z., Chu, Y.H., Jiang, K., Brooks, C., Ogawa-Ohnishi, M., Xiong, G., Pauly, M., Van Eck, J., Matsubayashi, Y., van der Knaap, E., Lippman, Z.B.
Nat Genets
47,
784-792
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Efficient gene editing in tomato in the first Generation using the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated9 system.
2014
Author(s):Brooks, C., Nekrasov, V., Lippman, Z.B., and Van Eck, J.
Plant Physiology
166,
1292-1297
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actors influencing plant regeneration from seedling explants of Hairy nightshade (Solanum sarrachoides)
2012
Author(s):Ju, H.J., Van Eck, J., and Gray, S.M.
Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture
108,
121-128
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The Or gene enhances carotenoid accumulation and stability during post-harvest storage of potato tubers
2012
Author(s):Li, L., Yang, Y., Xu, Q., Owsiany, K., Welsch, R., Chitchumroonchokchai, C., Lu, S., Van Eck, J., Deng, X.X., Failla, M., and Thannhauser, T.W.
Molecular Plant
5,
339-352
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Regulatory control of high levels of carotenoid accumulation in potato tubers
2011
Author(s):Zhou, X.J., Mcquinn, R., Fei, Z.J., Wolters, A.M.A., Van Eck, J., Brown, C., Giovannoni, J.J., and Li, L.
Environ
34,
1020-1030
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Engineering virus resistance using a modified potato gene
2011
Author(s):Cavatorta, J., Perez, K.W., Gray, S.M., Van Eck, J., Yeam, I., and Jahn, M.
Plant Biotechnol. J.
9,
1014-1021
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Setaria viridis: a model for C4 photosynthesis
2010
Author(s):Brutnell, T.P., Wang, L., Swartwood, K., Goldschmidt, A., Jackson, D., Zhu, X.G., Kellogg, E., and Van Eck, J.
Plant Cell
22,
2537-2544
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Modulation of carotenoid accumulation in transgenic potato by inducing chromoplast formation with enhanced sink strength
2010
Author(s):Van Eck, J., Zhou, X., Lu, S., and Li, L.
Methods Mol. Biol.
643,
77-93
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Continued expression of plant-made vaccines following long-term cryopreservation of antigen-expressing tobacco cell cultures
2009
Author(s):Van Eck, J., and Keen, P.
Vitro Cell. Dev-Pl.
45,
750-757
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Effect of the cauliflower Or transgene on carotenoid accumulation and chromoplast formation in transgenic potato tubers
2008
Author(s):Lopez, A.B., Van Eck, J., Conlin, B.J., Paolillo, D.J., O'Neill , J., and Li, L.
J. Exp. Bot.
59,
213-223
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Use of the cauliflower Or gene for improving crop nutritional quality
2008
Author(s):Zhou, X., Van Eck, J., and Li, L.
Biotechnology Annual Review
14,
171-190
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The Tomato Sequencing Project, the First Cornerstone of the International Solanaceae Project (SOL)
2005
Author(s):Mueller, L. A., Tanksley, S.D., Giovannoni, J., Van Eck, J., Stack, S., Choi, D., Kim, B.D., Chen, M., Cheng, Z., Li, C., Ling, H., Xue, Y., Seymour, G., Bishop, G., Bryan, G., Sharma, R., Khurana, J., Tyagi, A., Chattopadhyay, D., Singh, N.K., Stiekema, W., Lindhout, P., Jesse, T., Lankhorst, R.K., Bouzayen, M., Shibata, D., Tabata, S., Granell, A., Botella, M.A., Giuliano, G., Frusciante, L., Causse, M., and Zamir, D.
Comparative and Functional Genomics
6,
153-158
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Tomato Transformation: Nuclear and Chloroplast Genomes
2004
Author(s):Van Eck, J., Walmsey, A.M., and Daneill, H.
Transgenic Crops of the World: Essential Protocols
405-423
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Organogenesis from Transformed Tomato Explants
2004
Author(s):Frary, A., and Van Eck, J.
Transgenic Plants: Methods and Protocols
286,
141-150
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Metabolomics of plant saponins: Bioprospecting triterpene glycoside diversity with respect to mammalian cell targets
2002
Author(s):Joshi, L., Van Eck, J.M., Mayo, K., Di Silvestro, R., Blake (Nieto), M.E., Ganapathi, T., Haridas, V., Gutterman, J.U., and Arntzen, C.J.
OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology
6,
235-246
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A new class of regulatory genes underlying the cause of pear-shaped tomato fruit
2002
Author(s):Liu, J., Van Eck, J., Cong, B., and Tanksley, S.D.
P. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A
99,
13302-13306
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Transgenic Gladiolus
2001
Author(s):Kamo, K., Roh, M., Blowers, A., Smith, F., and Van Eck, J.
P. S. Bajaj (ed.). Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry
48,
155-170
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Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of embryogenic cell suspensions of the banana cultivar Rasthali (AAB)
2001
Author(s):Ganapathi, T.R., Higgs, N.S., Balint-Kurti, P.J., Arntzen, C.J., May, G.D., and Van Eck, J.
Plant Cell Reports
20,
157-162
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Vectors and Cells for Preparing Immunoprotective Compositions Derived from Transgenic Plants
Joyce Van Eck
Technology Area:Enabling Technology - Virus, Vaccines
US Patent/Application(s): 7,132,291
Additional Lead Inventor(s): Hugh Mason
Vectors and Cells for Preparing Immunoprotective Compositions Derived from Transgenic Plants
Joyce Van Eck
Technology Area:Enabling Technology - Virus, Vaccines
US Patent/Application(s): 7,407,802
Additional Lead Inventor(s): Hugh Mason
Or gene and its use in manipulating carotenoid content and composition in plants and other organisms
Joyce Van Eck
Technology Area:Nutritional Quality
US Patent/Application(s): 8,071,841
Publication: J Exp Botany 2008
Enhancement of Beta-Carotene Content in Plants
Joyce Van Eck
Technology Area:Nutritional Quality
US Patent/Application(s): 11/722,244

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