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Biology and Agriculture

W.C. Morris Building
Room 306
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Phone: 660-543-4933

Department of Biology and Earth Science

Dr. Selene Nikaido

Associate Professor of BiologyDr. Nikaido


B.A. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
M.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D. Northwestern University

Teaching Interests:

I teach Genetics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Technology Laboratory and two nonmajors courses, Human Biology and Basic Genetics.

Research Interests:

My research focuses around my interest in how photosynthetic organisms adapt to varying environments by altering genes and gene expression. For my graduate and post-graduate training, I studied cellular and molecular aspects of biological clocks. An extension of that work is to examine how the unicellular alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, responds to the changes in UV level throughout the 24-hour day. I am also collaborating with Dr. Jay Raveill on projects involved with population genetics of hybridizing plant species. With the recent acquisition of a DNA analyzer, we are training students on various molecular techniques including DNA sequencing for phylogenetic analysis and AFLP for population genetics studies. We are also engaging students in studies looking at floral pigment expression.

Department of Biology and Agriculture
Office: WCM 315A, UCM
Phone: 660-543-4324