Professor of Genetics and Graduate Advisor for Plant Biology
Organization: University of California, Riverside, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
Center for Plant Cell Biology/Center for Disease Vector Research
Linda Walling received her B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Middlebury College and Ph. D. in Microbiology from the University of Rochester. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University with James Darnell and the University of California at Los Angles with Robert Goldberg. In 1984 she joined University of California at Riverside as an Assistant Professor and is now a Professor. She is a fellow of the AAAS and American Society of Plant Biologists. She has a member of the editorial board for Journal of Chemical Ecology since 2003 and has recently joined the editorial board for the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The Walling lab uses the tools of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and genomics to study the signal transduction mechanisms that are induced during wounding and herbivore attack. The lab also studies the signal transduction pathways activated and suppressed by Bemisia tabaci feeding on tomatoes, squash and Arabidopsis. The lab is currently pursuing the mechanisms of whitefly resistance in Medicago sativa (alfalfa) and Manihot esculentum (cassava).