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Our Mission

The primary mission of the Advances in Bioscience Education (ABE)  is to conduct education and outreach activities for small colleges lacking research programs to enthuse faculty and students in genomics research.  ABE is therefore a partnership between a university with advance research capabilities and projects and life science faculty of small colleges.


The project provides faculty development and student mentoring opportunities for a four-year period through Summer Education and Outreach Activities.  Faculty will participate in the first year and students and faculty will participate in years two through four.


Mentoring students and faculty from community colleges in a collaborative setting



These activities will inspire faculty and student participants about the fascinating advances occurring in plant bioscience research. Participants will experience new molecular, genetic and cellular methods and will develop curricula and learning experiences that will strengthen their classroom teaching in their home institutions, which are junior and community college classrooms.

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Our Research

Arabidopsis thaliana

University of Hawai‘i (UH) is engaged in a research project entitled "Functional Genomics of the Protein Disulfide Isomerase Family in Arabidopsis Plants" funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Our research goals focus on answering the following questions: What are protein disulfide isomerases (PDIs) doing in plant cells? What are their biochemical pathways and how can their activities be controlled during plant growth? The intriguing model system, Arabidopsis, is used in the research because it has a short life span (40 days from seed to seed), it is easy to genetically manipulate and its entire genome sequence has been determined (the first for a plant).



Specific objectives of the project are:

  1. Determine the subcellular locations and expression patterns of all 11 PDIs.

  2. Identify PDI substrates and interacting partners.

  3. Determine the structure and function of PDIs using mutants.

  4. Conduct education and outreach activities to community colleges lacking research programs

Hands on Research

Analysis of Results

To achieve these goals, the project uses state-of-the-art genomic, bioinformatic, molecular and cellular techniques, which have become increasingly important for careers in industrial, government and academic laboratories.


The Principle Investigator of the project is Dr. David A. Christopher of the Department of Molecular Bioscience and Bioengineering of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii.  Two co-principle investigators on the project are Dr. Kabi R. Neupane of the Division of Math and Sciences of Leeward Community College  and Dr. L. Andrew Staehelin, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology of University of Colorado.



Funding for Advances in Bioscience Education is provided by the National Science Foundation Award # MCB-034802. In addition, the laboratory renovation, equipment and supplies at Leeward Community College  are supported in part by the cost match funds for the NSF funded IMUA EPSCoR programAgribusiness Education, Training and Incubation Project (USDA/CSREES), and BRIN/INBRE programs.



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