Kathleen L. Farquharson

Kathleen L. Farquharson

Founding Editor
ORCID: 000-0002-8032-0041


Certificate in Professional Technical Writing, 2017.  University of Washington, Seattle.
PhD in Plant Biology, 2005.  University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dissertation: Monitoring the actin cytoskeleton and calcium dynamics in growing pollen tubes.
MSc in Genetics, 2000. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Dissertation: Investigating the grapevine genome for a ribosome-inactivating protein.
BSc (Honors) in Genetics, 1997. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Cum laude.
BSc in Genetics and Biochemistry, 1996. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.


Co-Founder and Managing Editor, Plant Editors. (2009–present). Edit manuscripts, grant proposals, and scientific documents in the field of Plant Biology.
Science Editor, The Plant Cell. (2007–present). Edit manuscripts with respect to presentation of scientific content, compliance with journal policies, and presentation for a broad readership. Write In Brief articles and press releases highlighting selected papers.
Editor, BioEdit Ltd.  (2008–2010).  Proofread and edited manuscripts in the field of Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Editor, ScienceDocs, Inc. (2009–2010). Proofread and edited manuscripts in the field of Plant Biology and Genetics.
Part-time Lecturer in Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. (2008). Taught Biological Perspectives Lab (non-majors).
Full-time Lecturer in Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.    (2005–2007). Taught Scientific Writing; Biological Perspectives (non-majors); Biological Perspectives Lab (non-majors); and Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab. Advised undergraduates. Reviewed textbook chapters for Thomson Learning and McGraw-Hill.
Graduate Student Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  (2001–2004).  Performed research in the laboratory of Dr. Peter K. Hepler. Studied various physiological aspects of pollen tube growth.
Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  (2000).  Tutored introductory-level Genetics course.
Assistant at DNA Sequencing Facility, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. (1998). Administrative duties.
Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. (1997–1998). Tutored senior-level Genetics course.


Certificate of Appreciation for having a positive impact on first-year students at the University of Northern Colorado. 2008.
Davis Delisle Research Grant.  2004; 2001.
Gilgut Fellowship. For an outstanding student in the field of Plant Science.  2002.
Stellenbosch 2000 Bursary. 1998.
Foundation for Research and Development Bursary, South Africa.  1997.
The Hofmeyr-Van Schaik Medal. For top honors student in Genetics. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. 1997.


Selected In Brief Reviews:

Farquharson, KL. (2017). Open-source device tracks mechanical properties of living plant cells in 3D. Plant Cell. doi:10.1105/tpc.17.00919.
Farquharson, KL. (2017). A phloem protein contributes to aphid resistance and heat stress tolerance. Plant Cell. doi:10.1105/tpc.17.00781.
Farquharson, KL. (2017). Secrets of the forest: volatiles first discovered in pine trees propagate defense signals within and between plants. Plant Cell. doi:10.1105/tpc.17.00462.
Farquharson, KL. (2017). Fine-tuning plant growth in the face of drought. Plant Cell. doi:10.1105/tpc.17.00038.
Farquharson, KL. (2016). Decoding the molecular network that drives hypocotyl elongation. Plant Cell. doi:10.1105/tpc.16.00685.
Farquharson, KL.
(2016). Battening down the hatches: a role for CASEIN KINASE 1-LIKE PROTEIN 2 in stomatal closure.  Plant Cell. doi:10.1105/tpc.16.00462.
Farquharson, KL. 
(2015). VILLIN2 emerges as a master builder in rice.  Plant Cell.    doi:10.1105/tpc.15.00863.
Farquharson, KL. 
(2015). Tracking pavement cells through space and time: microtubules define positions of lobe formation. Plant Cell. doi:10.1105/tpc.15.00709.
Farquharson, KL.
 (2014). POK marks the spot: kinesin-12 proteins are spatial markers of the site transiently occupied by the preprophase band. Plant Cell. doi:10.1105/tpc.14.128850.

Selected Press Releases:

Farquharson, KL. (2017). Robotic device tracks plant growth at the cellular level.
Farquharson, KL. (2014). Scientists seek cure for devastating witches’ broom disease of the chocolate tree.
Farquharson, KL. (2012). Discovery may pave way to genetically enhanced biofuel crops. American Society of Plant Biologists.

Selected Journal Publications:

Wilsen KL, Hepler PK. (2007). Sperm delivery in flowering plants: the control of pollen tube growth. Bioscience 57: 835-844.
Wilsen KL, Lovy-Wheeler A, Voigt B, Kunkel JG, Menzel D, Hepler PK. (2006). Imaging the actin cytoskeleton in growing pollen tubes. Journal of Sexual Plant Reproduction 19: 51-62.
Cárdenas L, Lovy-Wheeler A, Wilsen KL, Hepler PK. (2005). Actin polymerization promotes the reversal of streaming in the apex of pollen tubes. Cell Motil Cytoskeleton 61: 112-27.