Jeffrey F.D. Dean

NAME Jeffrey F.D. Dean
TITLE Professor, Forest Biotechnology
DEPARTMENT Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
PHONE 706-542-1710
FAX 706-542-8356
ADDRESS Riverbend Research Bldg. South
220 Riverbend Rd.
Athens, Georgia 30602
EDUCATION Ph.D., Biochemistry, Purdue University
B.S., Chemistry, Stanford University
B.S., Biology, Stanford University
RESEARCH INTERESTS Conifer Genomics and Phylogenetics, Forest Biotechnology, Genetic Modification of Lignocellulosic Biomass, Tree Improvement

Jeffrey Dean


Dr. Jeffrey Dean is Professor of Forest Biotechnology in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Trained in plant biochemistry and with an extensive background in plant cell wall formation and biodegradation, in recent years Dr. Dean's research has increasingly focused on the use of genomic technologies to study wood formation, as well as a host of other developmental processes and environmental responses in forest trees, especially pines and other conifers. His research team was one of the first in the world to apply Serial Analysis of Gene Expression (SAGE) in plants where they used it to identify genes differentiating juvenile and mature wood, as well as genes that might be useful for remediation of environmental contaminants, such as TNT and other explosives.

More recently his group has completed preparation of a 26,000-element cDNA microarray for the assessment of gene expression in loblolly pine. Dr. Dean is the Principal Investigator for a new international project at the DOE Joint Genome Institute, which will greatly expand the public collection of known conifer genes (see news item), and is co-PI on a new $6 million project from the USDA that will translate conifer genomic information into tools that can be used in conifer tree improvement programs (see CTGN). He is also one of the lead organizers for an international effort to fully sequence a conifer genome (CGN).


Nairn, C.J., Lennon, D.M., Wood-Jones, A., Nairn, A.V., and Dean, J.F.D. (2007) Carbohydrate-related genes and cell wall biosynthesis in vascular tissues of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.). Tree Physiol. (in press)

Liang, C., Wang, G., Liu, L., Carter, K., Webb, J.S., and Dean, J.F.D. (2007). ConiferEST: a novel, generic bioinformatics system for data processing and mining of conifer expressed sequence tags (ESTs). BMC Genomics 8:134

Lorenz, W.W., Sun, F., Liang, C., Zhao, X., Kolychev, D., Wang, H., Cordonnier-Pratt, M-M., Pratt, L.H., and Dean, J.F.D. (2006) Water stress-responsive genes in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) roots identified by analyses of expressed sequence tag libraries. Tree Physiol. 26:1-16

Dean, J.F.D. (2006). Genomics resources for conifers. In: Landscapes, Genomics and Transgenic Conifer Forests, (C.G. Williams, Ed.) Kluwer-Springer Press, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 55-74

McCaig, B.M., Meagher, R.B., and Dean, J.F.D. (2005). Gene structure and molecular analysis of the laccase-type multicopper oxidase gene family in Arabidopsis thaliana. Planta 221:619-636

Ekman, D.R., Lorenz, W.W., Przybyla, A.E., Wolfe, N.L., and Dean, J.F.D. (2003). Transcriptome responses in Arabidopsis thaliana roots exposed to TNT. Plant Physiol. 133: 1397-1406

Lorenz, W.W. and Dean, J.F.D. (2002). SAGE profiling and demonstration of differential gene expression along the axial developmental gradient of lignifying xylem in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Tree Physiol. 22: 301-310

Dean, J.F.D. (2001) Synthesis of lignin in transgenic and mutant plants. In: Biopolymers, Vol. 1, Lignin, Humic Substances and Coal" (M. Hofrichter and A. Steinbüchel, Eds.) Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, DE, pp. 65-88

Eggert C., LaFayette P.R., Temp U., Eriksson K-E.L., and Dean J.F.D. (1998). Molecular analysis of a laccase gene from the white-rot fungus, Pycnoporus cinnabarinus. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 64: 1766-1772

Chen, C-C., Adolphson, R., Dean, J.F.D., Eriksson, K-E.L., Adams, M.W.W., and Westpheling, J. (1997). Release of lignin from kraft pulp by a hyperthermophilic xylanase from Thermatoga maritima. Enz. Microb. Tech. 20: 39 45