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Dorothea Tholl

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

  • Ph.D., Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, 1996
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, 1997 - 2002
  • Visiting Scientitst, Washington State University, 1997 - 1999
  • Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior Group Leader, University of Michigan, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, 2003 - 2005

The Tholl Lab Website

Major Fields of Interest

Plant Defense Metabolism and Chemical Ecology

Current Research

The Tholl lab employs biochemical, molecular and genomic tools to study the biosynthesis of plant chemical defenses, especially volatile compounds, and explore their physiology and ecological significance in above- and below-ground plant tissues.  Current research includes:  1) Biochemistry and molecular biology of volatile compounds as messengers in above-ground plant-organism interactions; 2) Metabolic organization and function of chemical defenses in plant roots.


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  • 409 Latham Hall (MC 0390)
    220 Ag Quad Lane
    Blacksburg, VA 24061