Irene Gentzel

Irene Gentzel

2019 TPS Alumna


Current Employment

Postdoctoral Researcher in the lab of Dr. Guo-Liang Wang at The Ohio State University


PhD, Translational Plant Sciences, The Ohio State University, August 2019

BS, Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology, The Ohio State University, June 2012

Research Focus

As an undergraduate, Irene worked with Dr. Rebecca Lamb to study genes important in flowering of Arabidopsis thaliana.  After graduation, Irene worked as a Visiting Scholar in Dr. Erich Grotewold’s lab where she studied transcription factors that regulate the maize phenylpropanoid pathway.  Her PhD work with Dr. David Mackey focused on the plant-pathogen interaction between maize and Pantoea stewartii subsp. stewartii.

TPS Program Experience

Rotations: Dr. David Mackey, Dr. Brian McSpadden Gardener, Dr. Anne Dorrance
Advisors: Dr. David Mackey (primary) & Dr. Ana Alonso
Internship: Ohio Soybean Council


2017-2019 United States Department of Agriculture, AFRI-ELI Predoctoral Fellowship 


Gentzel I., Giese L., Zhao W., Alonso A.P., Mackey D. (In Press) A simple method for measuring apoplast hydration and collecting apoplast contents. Plant Physiology

Asselin, J., Lin, J., Perez-Quintero, A., Gentzel, I., Majerczak, D., Opiyo, S., Zhao, W., Paek, S.M., Kim, M.G., Coplin, D.L., Blakeslee, J.J., Mackey, D.  Perturbation of Maize Phenylpropanoid Metabolism by an AvrE-family Type III Effector from Pantoea stewartii. Plant Physiology 2015 Mar;167(3):1117-35. doi: 10.1104/pp.114.253120. Epub 2015 Jan 29

Burdo, B., Gray, J., Goetting-Minesky, M., Wittler, B., Hunt, M., Li, T., Velliquette, D., Thomas, J., Gentzel, I., dos Santos Brito, M.,  Mejía-Guerra, M., Connolly, L., Qiasi, D., Li, W., Casas, M.I.,  Doseff, A.I., and Grotewold, E.  The Maize TFome – development of a transcription factor open reading frame collection for functional genomics. The Plant Journal 2014;80(2):356-366. doi:10.1111/tpj.12623.