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Department of Horticulture and Crop Science

Our People: John Finer

John Finer
John Finer
214 Williams Hall
(330) 263-3880
Areas Of Interest: 
Genetic Transformation and Transgene
Expression in Crop Plants


Research efforts in the laboratory have focused somatic embryogenesis, genetic transformation and promoter analysis in crop plants. Although the main emphasis in my laboratory is currently on soybean, we have additional experience with transformation of wheat, maize, sunflower, tomato, bentgrass, cotton, white pine, Chinese yam, Christmas cactus and Ohio buckeye. Embryogenic tissues are used for both basic studies on plant growth and development and as targets for transformation work. For our promoter work, we use image analysis to quantify expression of the gfp gene, under regulatory control of different promoters. Automated image collections is facilitated using a custom-designed robotics system, coupled with high-throughput image analysis.




The five (5) most recent works for each category are listed below. View all works.


Finer JJ. "Visualizing transgene expression.." In Plant Transformation Technologies. Edited by CN Stewart, A Touraev, V Citovsky, T Tzfira. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing Co, January 2011.


Hu, Bizhen, Scheerens,Joseph, Cardina, John, Finer, John. "Metabolite Production in Plant Cell Cultures of Burdock (Arctium sp.)." (July 2012)

Hernandez-Garcia,Carlos,M; Nemes,Cheri; Jones,Michelle,L; Rushton,Paul,J; Finer,John,J. "Wound-induction of GmERF Promoters in Soybean." Society for In Vitro Biology. (July 2012)

Zhang,Zhifen; Finer,John,J. "Development of a Transformation and Regeneration System for Sunflower (Helianthus annus)." (June 2011)

Hernandez-Garcia,Carlos,M; Nemes,Cheri; De la Torre,Carola; Semsang,Nuananong; Jones,Michelle,L; Finer,John,J. "GmERF Promoters Give High Wound-inducible Expression in Transgenic Soybean." Society for In Vitro Biology. (June 2011)

De La Torre,Carola,M; Hernandez-Garcia,Carlos,M; Bouchard,Robert,A; Finer,John,J. "Dissection of the Strong Soybean Ubiquitin Promoter (Gmubi) Reveals Essential Regions Responsible for Regulating High Levels of Gene Expression." (June 2011)

Journal Articles

Lin,Junyan; Ali,Ahmed,Khamis; Chen,Ping; Ghabrial,Said; Finer,John; Dorrance,Anne; Redinbaugh,Peg; Qu,Feng. "A stem-loop structure in the 5 ' untranslated region of bean pod mottle virus RNA2 is specifically required for RNA2 accumulation."; JOURNAL OF GENERAL VIROLOGY.. Vol. 94 (June 2013): 1415-1420.

Rushton,Deena,L; Tripathi,Prateek; Rabara,Roel,C; Lin,Jun; Ringler,Patricia; Boken,Ashley,K; Langum,Tanner,J; Smidt,Lucas; Boomsma,Darius,D; Emme,Nicholas,J; Chen,Xianfeng; Finer,John,J; Shen,Qingxi,J; Rushton,Paul,J. "WRKY transcription factors: key components in abscisic acid signalling."; PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY JOURNAL.. Vol. 10, no. 1. (January 2012): 2-11.

Pomeranz,Marcelo; Zhang,Li; Finer,John; Jang,Jyan-Chyun. "Can AtTZF1 act as a transcriptional activator or repressor in plants?."; Plant signaling & behavior.. Vol. 6, no. 5. (May 2011): 719-722.

Pomeranz,Marcelo; Finer,John; Jang,Jyan-Chyun. "Putative molecular mechanisms underlying tandem CCCH zinc finger protein mediated plant growth, stress, and gene expression responses.."; Plant signaling & behavior.. Vol. 6, no. 5. (May 2011): 647-651.

Pomeranz M, Finer J, Jang J-C. "Putative molecular mechanisms underlying tandem CCCH zinc finger protein mediated plant growth, stress, and gene expression responses.."; Plant Signaling & Behavior.. Vol. 5, no. 6. (January 2011): 644-648.


"Soybean promoter isolation and characterization" Presented at Kansas State University, (September 2013)

"Isolation and Characterization of soybean promoters" Presented at IV Brazilian Symposium on Plant Molecular Genetics, Bento Gonçalves, BR|BRA (April 2013)

"Use of a Transformation System in Sunflower for Sclerotinia Resistance Studies" Presented at National Sclerotinia Initiative annual meeting, Minneapolis, (January 2013)

"Identification of regulatory regions for control of transgene expression" Presented at International Association for Plant Biotechnology - Canadian Division, Guelph, CA|CAN (May 2012)