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Ursula Goodenough Cell biologist

Ursula Goodenough’s research interests include the molecular basis for sexual life-cycle transitions in the green soil alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, and the production of triglycerides as a potential source of algal biodiesel. She has also studied the molecular basis for flagellar motility, the assembly of the Chlamydomonas cell wall and the inheritance of chloroplast DNA.


Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, 2013.

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2009.

Fellow, American Women in Science, 2009.

Senior Career Recognition Award, American Society for Cell Biology, 1999.

Founder’s Day Distinguished Faculty Award, Washington University, 1995.

Relevant Publications

J-H. Lee et al, "Eisosome ultrastructure and evolution in fungi, microalgae, and lichens," Eukaryot. Cell, vol. 14, pp. 1017-1042, 2015.

J-H. Lee et al, "Early sexual origins of homeoprotein heterodimerization and evolution of the plant KNOX/BELL family," Cell, vol. 133, pp. 829-840, 2008.

J.G. Umen and U.W. Goodenough, "Control of cell division by a retinoblastoma protein homolog in Chlamydomonas," Genes Dev., vol. 15, pp. 1652-1661, 2001.

P.J. Ferris and U.W. Goodenough, "The mating-type locus of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii contains highly rearranged DNA sequences," Cell, vol. 76, pp. 1135-1145, 1994.

W.S. Adair et al, "Identification and visualization of the sexual agglutinin from mating-type plus flagellar membranes of Chlamydomonas," Cell, vol. 33, pp.183-193, 1983.


U. Goodenough, The Sacred Depth of Nature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.



Advisor Integrated Microbial Biodiversity


Washington University in St. LouisDepartment of Biology


PhD Harvard University

MA (Zoology) Columbia University

BA (Zoology) Barnard College


United States

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