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Adán Colón-Carmona, Ph.D. Adán Colón-Carmona, Ph.D.

University of Massachusetts Boston
Dept. of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard,
Boston, MA 02125-3393
phone: (617) 287-6680
fax: (617) 287-6650

Dr. Adán Colón-Carmona is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMASS Boston). Dr. Colón-Carmona is a strong advocate of inquiry-based learning that incorporates hands-on laboratory experiences at the high school and undergraduate levels, specifically in urban institutions. Additionally, he has fifteen years of experience in training programs for student groups that are under-represented in the biomedical sciences. His education and research projects are supported by NSF Arabidopsis2010 and GK12 grants and NIH/NCI U56 Partnership and IMSD grants.

In his laboratory, Dr. Colón-Carmona’s basic science research consists of four projects covering three major themes. Two projects are focused on understanding how plant growth is influenced by physical and chemical environments. More specifically, the laboratory is studying how plants respond to and biodegrade the petroleum pollutants polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and how cell division contributes to growth responses. A third project focuses on studying the roles of the motor proteins kinesins in organ development; while a forth project is focused on understanding bacterial-plant interactions in the rhizosphere. All four projects use molecular, cellular and genetic tools to study growth control during development of the model system Arabidopsis thaliana. Further details on his work are found at

Dr. Colón-Carmona received his BS from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. from UC Irvine. He did his post-doctoral training on growth control and cell signaling at The Salk Institute and UC Davis. He became co-PI of the U56 UMASS Boston-Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Centers Partnership in January 2007.

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Karen Emmons, Ph.D.
Updated: 04/30/12