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Heather D.  Coleman

Heather D. Coleman

Associate Professor
Department of Biology

460 Life Sciences Complex

Research Interests

Genetic and environmental control of cell wall formation, xylogenesis, plant biotechnology, molecular farming, functional genomics.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Queensland University of Technology (2008-2011)
  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia (2008)


  • BIO 459/659: Plants and People
  • BIO 421: Biotechnology Capstone Seminar

Selected Publications

  • Poovaiah C, Bewg WP, Lan W, Ralph J, Coleman HD. (2016) Sugarcane transgenics expressing MYB transcription factors show improved glucose release. Biotechnology for Biofuels 9: 1-18.
  • Xiao Y, Poovaiah C, Coleman HD. (2016) Expression of Glycosyl Hydrolases in Lignocellulosic Feedstock: An Alternative for Affordable Cellulosic Ethanol Production. BioEnergy Research: 1-15.
  • Kinkema M, Geijskes J, deLucca P, Palupe A, Shand K, Coleman HD, Brinin A, Williams B, Sainz M, Dale J. (2015) Improved molecular tools for sugar cane biotechnology. Plant Molecular Biology, 84: 497-508.
  • Kinkema M, Harrison M, Geijskes J, Shand K, Coleman HD, Palupe A, Sainz M, Dale J. (2015) An improved chemically inducible gene switch that functions in the monocotyledonous plant sugar cane. Plant Molecular Biology, 84: 443-454.
  • Ralph J, Akiyama T, Coleman HD, Mansfield SD. (2012) Effects on lignin structure of coumarate 3-hydroxylase downregulation in poplar. Bioenergy Research, 5: 1009-1019.
  • Coleman HD, Canovas FM, Man H, Kirby EG, Mansfield SD. (2012) Enhanced expression of glutamine synthetase (GS1a) confers altered fiber and wood chemistry in field grown poplar (Populus tremula x alba; 717-1B4). Plant Biotechnology Journal, 10: 883-889.
  • Coleman HD, Yan J, Mansfield SD. (2009) Sucrose synthase affects carbon partitioning to increase cellulose production and altered cell wall ultrastructure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 106: 13118-13123.