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Samuel Obae , Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Plant and Soil Sciences, West Virginia University (2010)
- M.S., Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology, Frostburg State University (2005)
- B.S., Botany and Chemistry, University of Nairobi (2000)
- Associate Professor of Biology, July 2019 - Present
- Assistant Professor of Biology, August 2013 - June 2019
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Plant Science, July 2010-July 2013
My research focuses on plant population genetics, conservation biology, molecular markers, and phytochemistry. Specifically, I investigate how various anthropogenic activities affect the genetics and population structure of high value medicinal plants and threatened species. Also, I research on how in vitro techniques can be utilized to produce valuable phytochemicals in order to reduce reliance on wild sources.
- Obae, S.G., M.H. Brand, B.A. Connolly, R. Beasley, and S. Lance. 2017. Microsatellite markers for Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry) and their transferability to other Aronia species. HortScience, 52(1):20-23[Link]
- Lambert, K. A.* and S.G. Obae. 2016. Molecular characterization of Berberis thunbergii cultivars using microsatellite markers. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 91(2):156–160. [Link]
- Obae, S.G. and M.H. Brand. 2014. Analysis of ploidy, genetic diversity and speciation of the genus Aronia. HortScience 49(9): S247. [Abstr.]
- Obae, S.G., B.A. Connolly, and M.H. Brand. 2013. Genetic relationship among four Crocanthemum species (Cistaceae) revealed by Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism markers. Journal of the Torrey Botanical 140(2): 170—180. [Link]
- Leonard, P.J., M.H. Brand, B.A. Connolly, and S.G. Obae. 2013. Investigation of the origin of Aronia mitschurinii using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism analysis. HortScience 48 (5): 520—524. [Link]
- Obae, S.G., M. H. Brand, and R.C. Kaitany. 2013. Using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism markers to confirm identity and correct labeling of Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) cultivars in the market. HortScience 48 (2): 150—157. [Link]
- Allen, J.M, S.G. Obae, M.H. Brand, J.A. Silander, K.L. Jones, S.O. Nunziata, and S.L. Lance. 2012. Development and characterization of microsatellites markers for Berberis thunbergii (Berberidaceae). American Journal of Botany 99 (5): e220—e222. [Link]
- Obae, S.G and T.P. West. 2012. Nuclear DNA content and genome size of American ginseng. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 6(32):4719—4723. [Link]
- Obae, S.G and T.P. West. 2012. Variation of ginsenosides profiles and content among root morphotypes of American ginseng: Economic implications for the grower. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 6(22): 3889—3897.
- Obae, S.G and T.P. West. 2011. Effects of anthropogenic activities on genetic diversity and population structure of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.) growing in West Virginia. Journal of Horticulture and Forestry 3 (9): 270—281.
- Obae, S.G, H. Klandorf, and T.P. West. 2011. Growth characteristics and ginsenoside production of in vitro tissues of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.). HortScience 46 (8): 1136—1140. [Link]
- Obae, S.G and T.P. West. 2010. Nuclear DNA content of Hydrastis canadensis and genome size stability of in vitro regenerated plantlets. Plant cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 102 (2): 259—263. [Link]
- *Undergraduate Mentee
BIO 113 - General Biology I (Cell Biology and Genetics)
BIO 114 - General Biology II (Structure and Function of Organisms)
BIO 210 - Botany
BIO 235L - Diversity of Life
BIO 365 - Independent Research in Biology
BIO 450 - Senior Research Capstone
BIO 455 - Senior Internship Capstone
ENV 280 - Environmental Soil Science
CHEM 203L - Environmental Chemistry Lab
SCI 100 - School of Sciences New Student Seminar
Recent Professional Presentations
Umali, J. G* and Obae, S.G. Phytochemical and genetic analysis of American mayapple. Botany 2018, Rochester, MN.
Robinson, A. D* and Obae, S.G. Deciphering the Speciation of Crocanthemum genus and assessing the genetic diversity of its species using AFLP Markers. 35th Mid-Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society, Laurel, MD.
Scholze, B. G* and Obae, S.G. Evaluating genetic variation of aronia germplasm accessions using novel SSR markers. 35th Mid-Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society, Laurel, MD.
Obae, S.G., M.H. Brand, B.A. Connolly, R. Beasley, and S. Lance. Microsatellite markers for Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry) and their transferability to other Aronia species. Botany 2017 Conference, Fort Worth, TX.
Chaudhry, S* and Obae, S.G. Genetic Diversity of Aronia melanocarpa germplasm accessions based on novel microsatellite markers. Botany 2017 Conference, Fort Worth, TX.
Umali, J. G* and Obae, S.G. Phytochemical and genetic analysis of american mayapple (podophyllum peltatum). 2017 WBHR–LSAMP Annual Summer Research Symposium at Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD.
Kerry Lambert* and S. G. Obae. Molecular identification of Japanese barberry cultivars using microsatelite markers. A poster presentation at the 32nd Mid-Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society, Beltsville, MD
Obae, S.G. and M.H. Brand. Analysis of ploidy, genetic diversity and speciation of the genus Aronia. A poster presentation at the 111th Annual Conference of American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), Orlando, FL.
Research Projects and Funding
Stevenson University Summer Science Scholar Program, $5,500. Principle Investigator. “Assessing the genetic diversity of aronia germplasm collection using novel genomic microsatellite markers and correlating genotype and phenotype profiles.”
FSU Subcontract Grant $9,000. Principle Investigator. "Crocanthemum dumosum (Bushy Rockrose) Genetics."
SU Faculty Research Scholarship Grant $2,500. Principle Investigator. "SU-Virtual Plant Walk (SU-VPW): An online resource for teaching plant identification and exploring SU flora."
Stevenson University Summer Science Scholar Program, $5,500. Principle Investigator. “In search of the super herb: Correlating genotypic and phytochemical profiles in American mayapple.”
Stevenson University Summer Science Scholar Program, $4,400. Principle Investigator. "Cross-species amplification of microsatellite markers in Podophyllum, genetic diversity and phytochemical analysis of American mayapple accessions in Maryland."
Stevenson University, School of the Sciences Seed Grant, $8,096. Principle Investigator. “Development and Characterization of Microsatellite Markers for Aronia, an Emerging Nutraceutical Fruit Crop.”
Stevenson University Summer Science Scholar Research Program, $5,500. Principle Investigator. “Genetic diversity and population structure of wild American mayapple populations in Maryland.”
Stevenson University Summer Science Scholar Research Program, $5,500. Principle Investigator. “Assessment of Genetic diversity and population structure of Podophyllum peltatum, and Molecular identification of Berberis thurnbergii cultivars using simple sequence repeat markers.”
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