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Dean E. Bergstrom

Dean Bergstrom 312 Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211, USA
(573) 882-8839

Hometown: Menasha, Wisconsin
Project in the lab: Galls project

Research Interests

Chemical ecology, plant/insect interactions, gene expression, molecular biology, plant defense systems, evolution, and ecology.


Our research focuses on the chemical ecology of plant/insect interactions in an ecological context. We are heavily invested in qRT-PCR, RNAseq, Histology, and HPLC/UPLC/GC/Mass Spectroscopy to investigate the underlying parameters of gene expression and chemical communication as they relate to plant defense systems inducted by insect predation.


B.S. in Biology
Emphases in Ecology and Zoology, minor in Chemistry
University: University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh

M.S. in Fisheries Management
Thesis: The phylogeny and historical biogeography of Missouri’s Amblyopsis rosae (Ozark cavefish) and Typhlichthys subterraneus (Southern cavefish)
University: University of Missouri

I have worked as a Limnologist for the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources studying aquatic ecology, a Fisheries Genetics Tech for the Missouri Dept. of Conservation working on endangered species genetics/management, and a Research Specialist in Biological Sciences at Mizzou studying chromatin-based gene regulation in Maize. I currently work as a Senior Research Specialist investigating gene expression changes resulting from Phylloxera infestation of Vitis sp.