REBECCA DICKSTEIN, | Department of Biological Sciences

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Rebecca Dickstein -
Professor, Biochemistry,and Molecular Biology BioDiscovery Institute
Dr. Dickstein's research interests include biochemistry, plant biology, signaling, genetics and symbiotic nitrogen fixation.

Dr. Rebecca Dickstein teaches classes in the following subjects: biochemistry and biochemical regulation/signal transduction.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Department of Genetics, Harvard University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Biochemistry, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Science, Department of Biochemistry, The Pennsylvania State University


Dickstein's specific research projects include the development of symbiotic nitrogen fixing nodules in the legume Medicago truncatula. She also researches molecular biology and biochemistry of enzymes that contribute to infection by rhizobia and to nitrogen signaling. She focuses on the molecular genetics of aberrantly nodulating mutants.


The following are the most recent publications of Dickstein's:

  • Control of root architecture and nodulation by the LATD/NIP transporter.(2010).
  • A putative transporter is essential for integrating nutrient and hormone signaling with lateral root growth and nodule development in Medicago truncatula. (2010).
  • Transcription of ENOD8 in Medicago truncatula nodules directs ENOD8 esterase to developing and mature symbiosomes. (2008).

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