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Heather E. McFarlane


Ph.D. in Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2013

Current position

Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany (2013-­‐present)


  1. McFarlane, H. E., Doring, A. and Persson, S. (2014). The Cell Biology of Cellulose Synthesis. Annu Rev Plant Biol. (Epub ahead of print)
  2. McFarlane, H. E., Watanabe, Y., Yang, W., Huang, Y., Ohlrogge, J. and Samuels, A. L. (2014). Golgi- and trans-Golgi network-mediated vesicle trafficking is required for wax secretion from epidermal cells. Plant Physiol 164(3): 1250-1260.
  3. Huang, Y.*, Chen, X.*, Liu, Y., Roth, C., Copeland, C., McFarlane, H. E., Huang, S., Lipka, V., Wiermer, M. and Li, X. (2013). Mitochondrial AtPAM16 is required for plant survival and the negative regulation of plant immunity. Nat Commun 4: 2558. (Contributed equally)
  4. McFarlane, H. E.*, Watanabe, Y.*, Gendre, D., Carruthers, K., Levesque-Tremblay, G., Haughn, G. W., Bhalerao, R. P. and Samuels, L. (2013). Cell wall polysaccharides are mislocalized to the Vacuole in echidna mutants. Plant Cell Physiol 54(11): 1867-1880. (Contributed equally)
  5. Boutte, Y.*, Jonsson, K.*, McFarlane, H. E., Johnson, E., Gendre, D., Swarup, R., Friml, J., Samuels, L., Robert, S. and Bhalerao, R. P. (2013). ECHIDNA-mediated post-Golgi trafficking of auxin carriers for differential cell elongation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(40): 16259-16264. (Contributed equally)
  6. Gendre, D.*, McFarlane, H. E.*, Johnson, E., Mouille, G., Sjodin, A., Oh, J., Levesque-Tremblay, G., Watanabe, Y., Samuels, L. and Bhalerao, R. P. (2013). Trans-Golgi network localized ECHIDNA/Ypt interacting protein complex is required for the secretion of cell wall polysaccharides in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 25(7): 2633-2646. (Contributed equally)
  7. Sampathkumar, A., Gutierrez, R., McFarlane, H. E., Bringmann, M., Lindeboom, J., Emons, A. M., Samuels, L., Ketelaar, T., Ehrhardt, D. W. and Persson, S. (2013). Patterning and lifetime of plasma membrane-localized cellulose synthase is dependent on actin organization in Arabidopsis interphase cells. Plant Physiol 162(2): 675-688. (Featured article)
  8. Lam, P.*, Zhao, L.*, McFarlane, H. E., Aiga, M., Lam, V., Hooker, T. S. and Kunst, L. (2012). RDR1 and SGS3, components of RNA-mediated gene silencing, are required for the regulation of cuticular wax biosynthesis in developing inflorescence stems of Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol 159(4): 1385-1395. (Contributed equally)
  9. Samuels, L. and McFarlane, H. E. (2012). Plant cell wall secretion and lipid traffic at membrane contact sites of the cell cortex. Protoplasma 249 Suppl 1: S19-23.
  10. Harpaz-Saad, S.*, McFarlane, H. E.*, Xu, S., Divi, U. K., Forward, B., Western, T. L. and Kieber, J. J. (2011). Cellulose synthesis via the FEI2 RLK/SOS5 pathway and cellulose synthase 5 is required for the structure of seed coat mucilage in Arabidopsis. Plant J 68(6): 941-953. (Contributed equally) (Featured article & cover image)
  11. McFarlane, H. E., Shin, J. J., Bird, D. A. and Samuels, A. L. (2010). Arabidopsis ABCG transporters, which are required for export of diverse cuticular lipids, dimerize in different combinations. Plant Cell 22(9): 3066-3075.
  12. Young, R. E., McFarlane, H. E., Hahn, M. G., Western, T. L., Haughn, G. W. and Samuels, A. L. (2008). Analysis of the Golgi apparatus in Arabidopsis seed coat cells during polarized secretion of pectin-rich mucilage. Plant Cell 20(6): 1623-1638.
  13. McFarlane, H. E., Young, R. E., Wasteneys, G. O. and Samuels, A. L. (2008). Cortical microtubules mark the mucilage secretion domain of the plasma membrane in Arabidopsis seed coat cells. Planta 227(6): 1363-1375.

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Protocols by Heather E. McFarlane
  1. Seed Coat Ruthenium Red Staining Assay