I joined the Kenyon faculty in 1999, and teach courses in genetics and developmental biology, as well as introductory lecture and lab classes. My research focuses on the regulation of reproductive development in land plants in response to photoperiodic seasonal cues. We use molecular, genetic, and genomic approaches to address the mechanism and evolution of photoperiodic regulation in the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the moss Physcomitrella patens.
Plant molecular and developmental genetics
1993 — Doctor of Philosophy from Massachusetts Institute Tech
1986 — Bachelor of Science from Swarthmore College
Rensing SA, Lang D, Zimmer AD, Terry A, Salamov A, Shapiro H, Nishiyama T, Perroud PF, Lindquist EA, Kamisugi Y, Tanahashi T, Sakakibara K, Fujita T, Oishi K, Shin-I T, Kuroki Y, Toyoda A, Suzuki Y, Hashimoto S, Yamaguchi K, Sugano S, Kohara Y, Fujiyama A, Anterola A, Aoki S, Ashton N, Barbazuk WB, Barker E, Bennetzen JL, Blankenship R, Cho SH, Dutcher SK, Estelle M, Fawcett JA, Gundlach H, Hanada K, Heyl A, Hicks KA, et al. 2008. The Physcomitrella genome reveals evolutionary insights into the conquest of land by plants. Science 319:64-69.
Kim, W.-Y., Hicks, K.A., and Somers, D.E. 2005. Independent roles for early flowering 3 and zeitlupein the control of circadian timing, hypocotyl length and flowering time.Plant Physiology 139:1557-1569.
Hicks, K.A., Albertson, T.M., and Wagner, D.R. 2001. Early flowering 3 encodes a novel protein that regulates circadian clock function and flowering in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 13:1281-1292.
Hicks, K.A., Millar, A.J., Carré, I.A., Somers, D.E., Straume, M., Meeks-Wagner, D.R., and Kay, S.A. 1996. Conditional circadian dysfunction of the Arabidopsisearly-flowering 3 mutant. Science 274:790-792.
Zagotta, M.T., Hicks, K.A., Jacobs, C.I., Young, J.C., Hangarter, R.P., and Meeks-Wagner, D.R. 1996. The ArabidopsisELF3 gene regulates vegetative photomorphogenesis and the photoperiodic induction of flowering. Plant J. 10:691-702.
Hicks, K.A., Sundås, A., and Meeks-Wagner, D.R. 1996. Arabidopsis early-flowering mutants reveal multiple levels of regulation in the vegetative-to-floral transition. Sem. Cell Dev. Biol. 7:409-418.