University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Sharyn Perry



Directions to University of Kentucky, Lexington, KYUniversity of Kentucky, PSS
Campus LocationPlant Science Building
1405 Veterans Drive (Office:307)
Lexington, KY 40546-0312
Phone(859) 218-0732
Fax(859) 257-7125


Plant molecular biology

1987-1993, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Program in Cell and Molecular Biology.
Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Keegstra
Thesis: Specificity of a Chloroplastic Protein Transport Apparatus and Identification of Selected Components.

1983-1987, B.S., University of Michigan-Dearborn
Advisor: Dr. Charlotte Otto
Major: Biochemistry

My lab uses biochemical and molecular approaches to isolate genes regulated by AGL15, a member of the MADS-domain family of proteins that preferentially accumulates in developing embryos, and to understand how AGL15 controls gene expression. This is an initial step in my program's long-term research interests in regulatory networks active during seed development and during somatic embryogenesis.

2004-present Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky

1998-2004 Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy, University of Kentucky

1997-1998 Research Associate, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1993-1997 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1987-1993 Graduate Research Assistant, Program in Cell and Molecular Biology,
Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison



This person page last updated on 2011-07-19


    Abt201 - Scientific Method in Biotechnology; Credits - 1
    This course introduces scientific research, writing and presentations emphasizing agricultural biotechnology and related areas..
    Instructors: Sharyn Perry
    Pls622 - Physiology of Plants I.; Credits - 3
    A physiological/biochemical treatment of central topics in modern plant physiology. Topics will include: plant-cell biology, ion transport, water and translocation, respiration and photosynthesis. Prereq: BIO 430G or equivalent or consent of coordinator. Prereq or concur: BCH 607. (Same as BIO/FOR 622.) .
    Instructors: Sharyn Perry George Wagner
    Pls657 - Seed Biology; Credits - 3
    The course is designed for graduate students who are interested in gaining a basic understanding of the morphological, physiological and molecular processes that occur during seed development and germination..
    Instructors: Sharyn Perry

Research/Teaching Publications

    Books and Book Chapters

    Yuan, L., and S.E. Perry 2011. eds. Plant Transcription Factors: Methods and Protocols, vol. 754. IN: Methods in Molecular Biology, Humana Press (J.M. Walker, series ed.), New York.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Sharyn Perry Ling Yuan
    Zheng, Y., and S.E. Perry 2011. Chromatin immunoprecipitation to verify or to identify in vivo protein-DNA interactions. Chapter 16, pp. 277-291. IN: L. Yuan and S.E. Perry, eds., Plant Transcription Factors: Methods and Protocols, vol. 754. In Methods in Molecular Biology, Humana Press (J.M. Walker, series ed.), New York.

    Refereed Journal Articles

    Chen, T., N. Nayak, S. Maitra Majee, J. Lowenson, K.R. Schäfermeyer, A.C. Eliopoulos, T.D. Lloyd, R. Dinkins, S.E. Perry, N.R. Forsthoefel, S.G. Clarke, D.M. Vernon, Z.S. Zhou, T. Rejtar, and B.A. Downie. 2010. Substrates of the Arabidopsis thaliana protein isoaspartyl methyltransferase 1 identified using phage display and biopanning. Journal of Biological Chemistry 285:37281-37292.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Sharyn Perry Randy Dinkins
    Nakaminami, K., K. Hill, S.E. Perry, N. Sentoku, J.A. Long, and D.T. Karlson. 2009. Arabidopsis cold shock domain proteins: Relationships to floral and silique development. Journal of Experimental Botany 60:1047-1062.
    Zheng, Y., N. Ren, H. Wang, A.J. Stromberg, and S.E. Perry. 2009. Global identification of targets of the Arabidopsis MADS domain protein AGAMOUS-Like15. The Plant Cell 21:2563-2577.
    Authors in PSS Dept.: Sharyn Perry Yumei Zheng
    Hill, K., H. Wang, and Sharyn Perry. 2008. A Transcriptional Repression Motif in the MADS Factor AGL15 is Involved in Recruitment of Histone Deacetylase Complex Components. The Plant Journal 53:172-185.
    Thakare, D., W. Tang, K. Hill, and S.E. Perry. 2008. The MADS-domain transcriptional regulator AGAMOUS-LIKE15 promotes somatic embryo development in Arabidopsis and soybean. Plant Physiology 146:1663-1672.
    Zhu, C., and S.E. Perry. 2005. Control of expression and autoregulation of AGL15, a member of the MADS-box family. The Plant Journal.
    Wang, H., K. Hill, and S.E. Perry. 2004. An Arabidopsis RNA lariat debranching enzyme is essential for embryogenesis. Biologi-cal Chemistry 279:1468-1473.
    Wang, H., L.V. Caruso, A.B. Downie, and S.E. Perry. 2004. The embryo MADS-domain protein AGAMOUS-Like 15 directly regulates expression of a gene encoding an enzyme involved in gibberellin metabolism. Plant Cell.