Sandra L. Berry-Lowe

Sandra Lee Berry-Lowe
Associate Professor
Office location:  Osborne Center B337
Phone:   (719) 255-7552


B.S. Horticulture, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
M.S. Horticulture, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
Thesis title: Tissue culture of Peperomia caperata and Sansieveria trifasciata "Hahni".
Ph.D. Genetics, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Thesis title: The isolation and characterization of a Ribulose 1,5 bisphosphate carboxylase small subunit gene in soybean.
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physiology, Carlsberg Laboratory, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Botany, University of Georgia.

Research Interests:

I have always been interested in metabolic pathways localized in organelles of photosynthetic organisms. I have studied the small subunit of Rubisco, the enzyme that catalyzes the first step in the Calvin cycle in photosynthesis, several enzymes of the chlorophyll biosynthetic pathway, and more recently the mitochondrial uncoupling protein in the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Although I do not conduct research in these fields, I am actively interested in bioethics and the global use of genetically modified plants. I am also the chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee at UCCS and the administrator of the Master of Sciences program in Biology.

Selected Publications:

  1. Berry-Lowe, S.L., T.D. McKnight, D.M. Shah and R.B. Meagher (1982) The nucleotide sequence,expression and evolution of one member of a multigene family encoding the small subunit of Ribulose1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase in soybean. J.Mol. Appl. Genetics 1, 483-498
  2. Berry-Lowe, S.L. and R.B. Meagher (1985) Transcriptional regulation of a gene encoding the small subunit of Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase in soybean tissue is linked to the phytochrome response. Molecular and Cellular Biology 5, 1910-1917.
  3. Berry-Lowe, S.L., B. Grimm, M.A. Smith and C.G. Kannangara (1992) Purification and characterization of glutamate semialdehyde aminotransferase from barley expressed in E.coli. Plant Physiol. 99, 1597-1603.
  4. M. K. Newell and S. L. Berry-Lowe, Patent 7105718 Issued 12 September 2006. Compositions and Methods for Regulating Metabolism in Plants
  5. M.K. Newell, S. L. Berry-Lowe, R. Tobin and O. Triplett, patent filed 6 October 2010, 'Compositions and methods for promoting fatty acid production in plants'.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1130/2500 Plant Biology 2500 offered spring alternate years (even)
  • BIOL 1210 General Biology II: Introduction to the Cell
  • BIOL 1200 General Biology I: Organismic Biology
  • BIOL 2200 Economic Botany
  • BIOL 3020 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 3830 Genetics offered online spring and fall; resident spring only
  • BIOL 3840/5440 Genetics Lab offered every spring
  • BIOL 4010 Senior Seminar
  • BIOL 3230/4440 Plant Physiology offered fall alternate years (odd)
  • BIOL 4810 Biochemistry I
  • BIOL 4820 Biochemistry II
  • BIOL/CHEM 4860 Biochemistry Lab
  • BIOL/CHEM 4840/5840 Molecular Biology offered every fall
  • PGMT 3500 Turfgrass management

Student Research Projects

  • Undergraduate:  none
  • Graduate:  none

Student research opportunities

Any student who can dedicate at least 4 hr/wk and has completed genetics (Biol 3830) and genetics lab (Biol 3840) may apply to work in the lab. Only one student is accepted each semester; students in the molecular and cellular biology option preferred. Although I work with photosynthetic organisms, the techniques I use in the laboratory are basic molecular techniques that are applicable to other organisms. Experience with these techniques are a prerequisite for students interested in employment at most biotech companies, working at the lab bench as a professional research assistant, or for acceptance into many PhD programs.

Prerequisites for student research projects:

  1. BIOL 3840 (Genetics Lab)