Lucia Carol Strader

Associate Professor in Biology

124 Science Drive, 3332 French Family Science Center, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-0335
Normal plant morphogenesis and environmental responses require integrating multiple signals to modulate auxin responsiveness, biosynthesis, transport, and storage forms.  Auxin is a critical plant hormone, controlling both cell division and cell expansion and thereby orchestrating many developmental events and environmental responses.  Our research focuses on a molecular understanding of auxin signaling, auxin homeostasis, and auxin crosstalk with other hormones.  Understanding these molecular details will yield insight into strategies used by plants to alter growth in response to various environmental factors.


  • Ph.D., Washington State University 2004

Allen, Jeffrey R., Edward G. Wilkinson, and Lucia C. Strader. “Creativity Comes from Interactions: Modules of Protein Interactions in Plants.The Febs Journal, March 28, 2021. Full Text

Emenecker, Ryan J., Alex S. Holehouse, and Lucia C. Strader. “Biological Phase Separation and Biomolecular Condensates in Plants.Annual Review of Plant Biology, March 8, 2021. Full Text

Allen, Jeffrey R., and Lucia C. Strader. “Nucleocytoplasmic partitioning as a mechanism to regulate Arabidopsis signaling events.Current Opinion in Cell Biology 69 (February 19, 2021): 136–41. Full Text

Emenecker, Ryan J., Alex S. Holehouse, and Lucia C. Strader. “Emerging Roles for Phase Separation in Plants.Developmental Cell 55, no. 1 (October 2020): 69–83. Full Text

Wilkinson, Edward G., and Lucia C. Strader. “A Prion-based Thermosensor in Plants.Molecular Cell 80, no. 2 (October 2020): 181–82. Full Text

Van Norman, Jaimie M., Lucia C. Strader, and Rosangela Sozzani. “Editorial overview: Directionality and precision - how signaling and gene regulation drive plant development and growth.Current Opinion in Plant Biology 57 (October 2020): A1–3. Full Text Open Access Copy

Mittag, Tanja, and Lucia C. Strader. “I Will Survive: How NPR1 Condensation Promotes Plant Cell Survival.Cell 182, no. 5 (September 2020): 1072–74. Full Text

Trujillo-Hernandez, José A., Laetitia Bariat, Tara A. Enders, Lucia C. Strader, Jean-Philippe Reichheld, and Christophe Belin. “A glutathione-dependent control of the indole butyric acid pathway supports Arabidopsis root system adaptation to phosphate deprivation.Journal of Experimental Botany 71, no. 16 (August 2020): 4843–57. Full Text

Homayouni, Arielle L., and Lucia C. Strader. “Sugar rush: Glucosylation of IPyA attenuates auxin levels.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117, no. 14 (April 2020): 7558–60. Full Text

Powers, Samantha K., and Lucia C. Strader. “Regulation of auxin transcriptional responses.Developmental Dynamics : An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists 249, no. 4 (April 2020): 483–95. Full Text


Selected Grants

Auxin Response Factors as a model of transcriptional control awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2025