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Prof. Mariam B. Sticklen, PhD.






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Contact Information

(517)-255-0271 ext.1177 (Office).

(517)-230-2929 (Cell).

ext. 1104 (Secretary).

(517)-353-5174 (Fax).


Editorial & Advisory Board Membership of Refereed Journals

Editorial Board Member International Agronomy Journal

Advisory Board Member. The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)'s Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Energy. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining (Biofpr)

Editorial Board member, International Journal of Agronomy: of Plant Genetics & Transgenics (PGT) and/or AgroCrops Sciences (ACS). Also,

New Editorial Board member, J. Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology. OMICS Publishing Group

Present Council & Liaison Roles at Michigan State University

Faculty Council

Athletic Council

Executive Committee for Academic Council

Faculty Liaison to the Board of Trustees


Invited Speeches.


April 2009 Genetically engineered feedstock crops for cellulosic ethanol. Iowa State University.

March 2009 Cellulosic ethanol: Molecular breeding for biomass and biofuels. Cutting Edge Session of the Agri-Energy Conference, Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Oct 2008 National Needs Fellowship Program of MSU PBG.

Oct 2008 Next generation biofuels market conference, Amsterdam, Holland

Oct 2008 American Society of Agronomy (ASA) & Geographic Society of America (GSA) Annual Conference

June 2008 modifying the corn genome for cellulosic ethanol. Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne, IL     

June 2008 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference of National Corn Marketing Association, Kansas City, Mo.

Jun 2008 Society of In Vitro Biology Conf. "Modifying the corn genome to increase its biomass biofuel production." Tucson, AZ

May 2008 Holt High School, Michian"Role of genome modification in cutting the costs of biofuels production."

Apr 2008 American Chemical Society, 235th National Meeting, April 5-10, 2008.  "Modifying the corn genome to meet the US biofuel agenda" New Orleans.

Apr 2008 Southern Mississippi University. Spring Speaker Scholar Series. April 10, 2008, Hattiesburg, Production of a natural human saliva anti-HIV in plants.

Feb 2008 Forum Panelist. DOE-Development of Renewable Energy Projects at DOE, 2008, Washington, DC

Feb 2008 Proposal Writing Workshop Panelist. CPBR Annual Conference, Washington DC

Feb 2008 Invited poster presenter to the CPBR Congressional Reception, Feb 12th Evening, Capital Hill, Washington, DC.

Apr 2007 National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Nov 2007 American Sugar Assoc: Sugar/Ethanol Conference "New possibilities for improving the yield of fermentable sugars from corn leaves and stalk for alcohol fuels."

Jan 2007  Corn Marketing program of Michigan. Reducing the costs of biomass pretreatment via lignin down-regulation; an RNAi technology.

May 2007 Plenary Speaker and Panel Co-Chairperson. BIO. Boston: Food and Agriculture Track of the Energy Crops for Biofuel, May 9, 2007.

May 2007 Panel Chairperson at BIO Boston; Industrial and Environmental Track: Energy Crops for Biofuel, May 8, 2007

May 2007 MSU Bioeconomy Seminar Series

Jul 2007 Greater Lansing Clean Cities Coalition, July 2007

Dec 2007 MSU CSS/HORT, Dec 2007

Jan 2006 CPBR Annual Conference, Jan., 2006. Maize chloroplast transgenesis.

Dec. 2006. Efficient production of microbial cellulase within recombinant maize biomass converts AFEX-pretreated corn     stover, Genetic Engineering Center (BIOTECH), Bangkok, Thailand.

Aug. 2006 Feedstock crop genetic engineering for biofuels. Oak Ridge National Research Laboratory, Oak Ridge, .

May 2006. Converting rice straw into fermentable sugars for alcohol fuels, 28th Symp. on Biofuels &  Chem., Tennessee.

May 2006. Production of Acidothermus cellulolyticus endoglucanase (E1) enzyme in transgenic rice. 28th Symp. on Biofuels &  Chem., Tennessee.

Nov. 2006. Production of cellulases within crop biomass for biofuels. Bioeconomy Program. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 

Feb. 2006 .Cheap production of  human wound healing protein in plants. Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research Conference, Washington, DC.

March, 2005 "Producing the Microbial Hydrolysis Enzymes within the Biomass Crops via Genetic Engineering" Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K.

Nov. 2005. Producing an anti-HIV drug, Human Secretory Leukocyte Protease Inhibitor in plants. HIV Research Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minn.

Aug. 2005. Biomass, Biofuel, and Biopharma: Using biomass crops as biofactories for production of biomass conversion hydrolysis enzymes and an anti-HIV protein. Genetics Program. MSU.

May, 2005 Production of third generation salt tolerance oat via Biolistic gun transfer of a barley Hva1 transgene.  Chloroplast Symposium. Champaign, IL.

May, 2005."The Development of Transgenic Non-Food Biomass Crops for Renewable Energy and Cleaner Environment." 27th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. Denver, CO.

March, 2005 Production of biofuel hydrolysis enzymes within the crop biomass. Dept of Agronomy Department. NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

April, 2005 Producing the biofuel-related industrial enzymes within the corn biomass. Second Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Orlando, Fl.        

Oct. 2004 The United States National Academies Workshop on Global Challenges for Guiding and Managing Biological Technologies: "Opportunities to Improve Food Security and Human Nutrition: Coping with Challenges of Human Health in Developing Nations."  The U.S. Natl. Academies Bldg. Washington, DC. USA.

Sept. 2004 The Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences 2nd Ukrainian Workshop on Biofuels and Biobased Industrial Material:  Production of Biofuel Ethanol and PHB Biodegradable Plastic from Transgenic Biomass Crops. The Ukrainian natl. Academies Bldg. Kiev, Ukraine.

July 2004 "Evolution in development of safe GM crops: New molecular tools for biological confinements to protect human health and environmental integrity." United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Center, Albany, CA, USA.

Dec. 2002 "Genetic engineering of corn for production of industrial polymers and enzymes." Ankara University, Turkey.

April 2001. "Needs for improving crops of developing versus developed countries." ICARDA, Syria.

April 1999. "Role of biotechnology in feeding the world population." Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi, India.

March 1999. "A transgene from DED resistant elm tree has induced disease resistance in turfgrass." University of Toronto, Canada.

Feb. 1999. "Role of biotechnology in sustainable agriculture." Sustainable Agriculture Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. USA.

Feb. 1999. "Meristem: A sustainable explant for genetic engineering of cereals." Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland.

Sept. 1998. "Novel system for genetic engineering of crops of Africa and India." ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India.

July 1998. "Genetic improvement of turfgrass via genetic engineering." INRA (similar to USDA), University of Caen, Normandy, France.

July 1998. "Meristem: A sustainable explant for genetic engineering of maize, oat, sorghum and wheat. John Innes Instit. Norwich, England.

Oct. 1997. "Herbicide and disease resistant creeping bentgrass via genetic engineering." ASA, Anaheim, CA.

Sept. 1997. "Genetic engineering of cereal crops." Hyderabad, India.

Sept. 1997          "Meristem: A sustainable explant for genetic engineering of        maize." The Rockefeller Foundation Annual Conference in biotechnology. Koala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Feb. 1996. "Genetic engineering of ICRISAT crops." Hyderabad, India.

Feb. 1996. "Improving sorghum via genetic engineering." National Center for Sorghum Research. Rajendranagar, India.

April 1996. "Production of insect resistant transgenic plants and their use in integrated pest management: Present status and future challenges." National Soc. of Plant Sciences. Haryana Agric. Univ. Hisar, India.

May 1996. "A simple technique for genetic engineering of rice plants." 3rd. Asia Pacific Biotechnology Congress and the Philippines Soc. for Microbial. Manila, The Philippines.

Sept. 1995. "Present and future of development on transgenic plants with Bacillus thuringiensis genes." Bogotá, Columbia.

June 1994. "Introduction of proteinase inhibitor II gene in Basmati rice via microprojectile bombardment. Congress on Cell and Tissue Culture. Research Triangle, NC.

May 1994. "Transformation studies on rice (Oryza sativa L.) with potato proteinase inhibitor gene for insect resistance." Seventh Meeting of International Program on Rice Biotechnology. Rockefeller Foundation Sponsored Conference. Bali, Indonesia.

May 1994. "Genetic transformation of rice (Oryza sativa L.) using a modified Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1A(b) gene for insect resistance. Seventh Meeting of International Program on Rice Biotechnology." Rockefeller Foundation Sponsored Conference. Bali, Indonesia.

Feb. 1994. "Genetic engineering of corn via a novel genotype-independent system." International Center for Genetic Engineering, Bangkok, Thailand.

Jan. 1994. "The ABSP research on maize with AGERI." Agricultural Genetic        Engineering Research Institute. Giza, Egypt.

Oct. 1993. "Vegetative and reproductive plasticity of corn in vitro." International Course in Plant Biotechnology. Havana, Cuba.

Aug. 1993. "The ABSP research." University of Costa Rica. Costa Rica.

Feb. 1993. "Cloning of PR genes and genetic engineering of rice." Thailand Agricultural Research Center. Chiang Mai. Thailand.

Feb. 1993. "Genetic engineering of monocot and dicot plants for crop improvement." University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Jan. 1993. "Genetic engineering of creeping bentgrass." National Agricultural Genetic Engineering Laboratory, Cairo, Egypt.

Dec. 1993. "In vitro plasticity in corn." CIMMYT, Mexico.

Aug. 1992. "Stable expression of foreign genes in greenhouse grown monocot and dicot plants." University of Heibi, China.

Aug. 1992. "Genetic engineering of monocot and dicot plants for crop improvement." Central Res. Inst. for Food Crops                                         (CRIFC), Bogor, Indonesia.

Sept. 1992. "Adaptation of plants to stressful environments while preserving productivity." Symposium on Plant Stress in Tropical Environment. Kona, Hawaii, U.S.A.

May 1992. "New approaches for transferring biotechnology to third world countries."ISU Showcase and Life Science Grand Opening, Ames, IA, U.S.A.

Feb. 1992. "Genetic engineering of cereal crops for pest resistance." University of Cairo, Egypt.

Feb. 1992. "Mini-gene construction and genetic engineering of crops for pest resistance." ILRAD, Kenya.

Oct. 1991."Genetic engineering of rice using the microprojectile bombardment system." Fifth Ann. Intl. Program on Rice Biotech. Tucson, AZ. U.S.A.

April 1990. "Transformation of rice using a microprojectile Biolistic™ device."         Biotechnology Section of Advanced Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd. Hatoyama Sitama, Japan.

Sept. 1990. "Genetic engineering of rice and corn using protoplast electroporation and the Biolistic™ tissue bombardment systems." Plant Genetic Systems. Gent, Belgium.

April 1990. "State of the art in gene transfer to cereal crops." Plant Breeding and Genetics Seminar Series, International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Philippines.

July 1989. "Screening and identification of American elm cell lines resistant to Dutch elm disease." National Park Services of the Department of the Interior, Washington, DC. U.S.A.

Nov. 1989. "Cellular and molecular aspects to crop improvement" Dow /Elanco. Midland, MI.