Joyce Van Eck

Associate 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.

BTI Center for Plant Biotechnology Research

Groundcherry and Goldenberry Project

The Physalis Improvement Project

The Physalis genus is part of the Solanaceae family (also home to the well-known tomato and potato), and is home to the edible species of peruviana and pruinosa. These species are commonly referred to as groundcherry and goldenberry, as well as many other regional names. Plants produce small edible fruits that range from sweet to tart with a variety of unique flavors. This project aims to further explore the cultivation of peruviana and pruinosa in New York State and gauge potential for local food systems. The Physalis Improvement Project is led by the Van Eck research group and is made possible through funding from The Triad and National Science Foundations.

Science in Real Life interview with Joyce Van Eck, August 4, 2017

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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Genome editing and plant transformation of solanaceous food crops
2018.
Van Eck, Joyce
Current Opinion in Biotechnology.
49
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35–41
RNAi-Mediated Simultaneous Resistance Against Three RNA Viruses in Potato
2017.
Hameed, A., Tahir, M. N., Asad, S., Bilal, R., Van Eck, Joyce, Jander, Georg, Mansoor, S.
Molecular Biotechnology.
59
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73–83
Bypassing Negative Epistasis on Yield in Tomato Imposed by a Domestication Gene
2017.
Soyk, S., Lemmon, Z. H., Oved, M., Fisher, J., Liberatore, K. L., Park, S. J., Goren, A., Jiang, K.,…
Cell.
169
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1142–1155.e12
Variation in the flowering gene SELF PRUNING 5G promotes day-neutrality and early yield in tomato
2017.
Soyk, S., Müller, N. A., Park, S. J., Schmalenbach, I., Jiang, K., Hayama, R., Zhang, L., Van Eck, …
Nature genetics.
49
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162–168
Towards an understanding of the molecular basis of effective RNAi against a global insect pest, the whitefly Bemisia tabaci
2017.
Luo, Y., Chen, Q., Luan, J., Chung, S. H., Van Eck, Joyce, Turgeon, R., Douglas, Angela E.
Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
88
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21–29
Control of inflorescence architecture in tomato by BTB/POZ transcriptional regulators
2016.
Xu, C., Park, S. J., Van Eck, Joyce, Lippman, Z. B.
Genes & development.
30
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2048–2061
The evolution of inflorescence diversity in the nightshades and heterochrony during meristem maturation
2016.
Lemmon, Z. H., Park, S. J., Jiang, K., Van Eck, Joyce, Schatz, M. C., Lippman, Z. B.
Genome research.
26
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1676–1686
Advancing Crop Transformation in the Era of Genome Editing
2016.
Altpeter, F., Springer, N. M., Bartley, L. E., Blechl, A. E., Brutnell, T. P., Citovsky, V., Conrad,…
The Plant Cell.
28
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1510–1520
Modification of plant regeneration medium decreases the time for recovery of Solanum lycopersicum cultivar M82 stable transgenic lines
2016.
Gupta, S., Van Eck, Joyce
Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture.
127
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417–423
A cascade of arabinosyltransferases controls shoot meristem size in tomato
2015.
Xu, C., Liberatore, K. L., Macalister, C. A., Huang, Z., Chu, Y. H., Jiang, K., Brooks, C., Ogawa-Oh…
Nature genetics.
47
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784–792
Mapping of active secondary metabolic pathways in Taxus cell cultures for targeted metabolic engineering
2014.
Wilson, S. A., Keen, P., Walker, E. L., Normanly, J., Van Eck, Joyce, Roberts, S. C.
Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society.
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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.
Brooks, C., Nekrasov, V., Lipppman, Z. B., Van Eck, Joyce
Plant Physiology.
166
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1292–1297
Setaria viridis Transformation Provides a Useful Tool for Maize Functional Genomics
2013.
Van Eck, Joyce, Swartwood, K., Azodi, C., Vollbrecht, E., Unger-Wallace, E., Strable, J., Stern, Dav…
IN VITRO CELLULAR & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY-ANIMAL.
49
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S63–S64
The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution
2012.
Sato, S., Tabata, S., Hirakawa, H., Asamizu, E., Shirasawa, K., Isobe, S., Kaneko, T., Nakamura, Y.,…
Nature.
485
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635–641
The Or Gene Enhances Carotenoid Accumulation and Stability During Post-Harvest Storage of Potato Tubers
2012.
Li, Li, Yang, Y., Xu, Q., Owsiany, K., Welsch, R., Chitchumroonchokchai, C., Lu, S., Van Eck, Joyce,…
Molecular Plant.
5
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339–352
Factors influencing plant regeneration from seedling explants of Hairy Nightshade (Solanum sarrachoides)
2012.
Ju, H. J., Van Eck, Joyce, Gray, Stewart
Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture.
108
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121–128
Regulatory control of high levels of carotenoid accumulation in potato tubers
2011.
Zhou, X., Mcquinn, R., Fei, Zhangjun, Wolters, A. MA, Van Eck, Joyce, Brown, C., Giovannoni, James J…
Plant Cell and Environment.
34
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1020–1030
Development of an Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated Transformation Method for Setaria viridis (Green Millet)
2011.
Van Eck, Joyce, Swartwood, K., Brutnell, T.
IN VITRO CELLULAR & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY-ANIMAL.
47
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S79–S79
Engineering virus resistance using a modified potato gene
2011.
Cavatorta, J., Perez, K. W., Gray, Stewart, Van Eck, Joyce, Yeam, I., Jahn, M.
Plant Biotechnology Journal.
9
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1014–1021
Setaria viridis: A Model for C4 Photosynthesis
2010.
Brutnell, T. P., Wang, L., Swartwood, K., Goldschmidt, A., Jackson, D., Zhu, X. G., Kellogg, E., Van…
The Plant Cell.
22
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2537–2544
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