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Our goal is to understand how circadian clocks work and why they play such an important role in growth and stress responses. We study the regulation and role of circadian rhythms in plants and algae. Circadian rhythms are necessary for optimal growth and survival in several photosynthetic species, including Chlamydomonas rheinhardtii, Synechocystes sp. and Arabidopsis thaliana. Although circadian clocks share a basic architecture, they differ in their molecular components and appear not to be conserved between different taxa.

We work on the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and have recently started analyzing rhythms in the heterokont alga Nannochloropsis oceanica.


Lab Members


  • Liu T, Newton L, Liu MJ, Shiu SH, Farre EM. A G-box-like motif is necessary for transcriptional regulation by circadian pseudo-response regulators in Arabidopsis(2016) Plant Physiology 170(1):528-39 PubMed.

NOTE: An updated corrected version of the manuscript has been published online (Jan. 20, 2016)

  • Poliner E, Panchy N, Newton L, Wu G, Lapinsky A, Bullard B, Zienkiewicz A, Benning C, Shiu S-H, Farré EM (2015) Transcriptional coordination of physiological responses in Nannochloropsis oceanica CCMP1779 under light/dark cycles. Plant J. 83(6):1097-113 Pubmed
  • Horak E, Farré EM (2015)The regulation of UV-B responses by the circadian clock. Plant Signaling and Behavior 10(5):e1000164.
  • Takeuchi T, Newton L, Burkhardt A, Mason S, Farre EM (2014) Light and the circadian clock mediate time specific changes in sensitivity to UV-B stress under light/dark cycles. Journal of Experimental Botany 65(20):6003-12 PubMed
  • Braun R, Farré EM, Schurr U, Matsubara S (2014) Effects of light and circadian clock on growth and chlorophyll accumulation of Nannochloropsis gaditana. Journal of Phycology 50(1):515–525 [1]
  • Liu T, Carlsson J, Takeuchi T, Newton L (2013) Direct regulation of abiotic responses by the Arabidopsis circadian clock component PRR7. Plant J 76(1):101-14PubMed
  • Farré EM, Liu T (2013) The PRR family of transcriptional regulators reflects the complexity and evolution of plant circadian clocks. Curr Opin Plant Biol 16(5):621-9PubMed
  • Vieler et al. (2012) Genome, Functional Gene Annotation, and Nuclear Transformation of the Heterokont Oleaginous Alga Nannochloropsis oceanica CCMP1779. Plos Genetics8(11):e1003064. Pubmed
  • Farré EM, Weise SE (2012) The interactions between the circadian clock and primary metabolism. Curr Opin Plant Biol 15(3):293-300. PubMed
  • Farre EM (2012) The regulation of plant growth by the circadian clock. Plant Biol 14(3):401-10.PubMed

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  • Congratulations Daphne for the Norman A. Good Scholarship Award!
  • Congratulations Cody for the outstanding senior Bessey Award!
  • We are looking for rotation students interested in working on rhythms.
  • Group meeting, journal clubs, and seminars



  • NSF
  • MSU
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