Scott D. Russell, Ph.D.

George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Botany
Director of Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Lab
210 Noble Microscopy Laboratory
770 Van Vleet Oval
Norman, OK 73019
405-325-4391 (Office)

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Director: Core Imaging Facility: 

Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Lab Website

B.A., Botany, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1975
M.S., Biology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, 1977
Ph.D., Botany, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1981


Research areas:

  • Plant Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Microscopy, Ultrastructure, and Advanced Imaging systems

Research interests:

The goal of my research program is the elucidation of double fertilization mechanisms in flowering plants using rice, Arabidopsis and Plumbago as model systems, with the goal of resolving on a molecular level how gametes develop, recognize one another, fuse and transmit their nuclear and cytoplasmic genome. Recent work has emphasized the gene profiling of pollen and male gametes, with the goal of exploiting the unique attributes of gametes to develop a genetically powerful haploid method for selecting flowering plant characteristics for purposes of transformation and recombination.  As Director of the Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Lab, I oversee 3 TEMs, 5 SEMs and 3 confocal microscopes and related ancillary equipment as the core imaging facility at OU.

Recent publications:

Russell, SD, Jones DS. The male germline of angiosperms: Repertoire of an inconspicuous but important cell lineage. Frontiers in Plant Science 6:173. 2015  doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00173

Anderson S, Johnson C, Jones D, Conrad, Gou X, Russell S, Sundaresan V. Transcriptomes of isolated rice gametes characterized by deep sequencing: Evidence for distinct sex-dependent chromatin and epigenetic states before fertilization. Plant Journal 76: 729-741. 2013.

Fu S, Zhang YN, Wang YY, Zhu XY, Tian HQ, Russell SD. Defects in cytoskeletal microtubule deployment of microsporocytes contribute to fertility loss in genic male-sterile Chinese cabbage. Plant Reproduction 26: 55-61. 2013.

Strout G, Russell SD, Pulsifer DP, Erten S, Lakhtakia A, Lee DW. Silica nanoparticles aid in structural leaf coloration in the Malaysian tropical rainforest understorey herb Mapania caudata. Annals of Botany 112: 1141-1148. 2013.

Russell SD, Gou XP, Wong CE, Wang X, Yuan T, Wei XP, Bhalla PL, Singh MB. 2012. Genomic profiling of rice sperm cell transcripts reveals conserved and distinct elements in the flowering plant male germ lineage. New Phytologist 195:560-573

Ge LL, Gou XP, Yuan T, Nakashima J, Blancaflor EB, Tian HQ, Russell SD. 2011. Migration of sperm cells during pollen tube elongation in Arabidopsis thaliana: Behavior during transport, maturation and upon dissociation of male germ unit associations. Planta 233: 325-332.

Zechmann B, Koffler B, Russell SD. 2011. Glutathione synthesis is essential for pollen germination in vitro. BMC Plant Biology 11: 54.

Ming Luo, Jen Taylor, Hongyu Zhang, Andrew Spriggs, Scott D. Russell, Mohan B. Singh, Anna Koltunow. 2011. A genome-wide survey of imprinted genes in rice seeds reveals contrasting profiles in the embryo and endosperm. PLoS Genetics 7(6): e1002125.

Zechmann B, Russell SD. 2011. Glutathione synthesis is essential for pollen germination in vitro. Plant Signaling and Behavior 6:9, 1259-1262.

Sharma N, Russell SD, Bhalla PL, Singh MB. 2011. Computational analysis of cis-regulatory elements in highly expressing genes in sperm cells of rice. BMC Research Notes 4: 319


Contact Us
Phone 405-325-4321
770 Van Vleet Oval

Norman, OK 73019
136 George Lynn Cross Hall
Hours: 8:00 am - 
5:00 pm M-F           Closed For Lunch 12:00 - 1:00

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