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David Domozych


Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology
Director of the Skidmore Microscopy Imaging Center


Dana Science Center Room 382 

Biology Department

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


(518) 580-5075


(518) 580-5071



Other Positions Held:

1989-1990, Visiting Scientist, John Innes Institute, Norwich England, 

1997-1998, Visiting Professor, Section of Plant Biology, Cornell University.

Courses Taught at Skidmore:

Plant Biology (BI 237)

Plant Physiology (BI 337)

Plant Biotechnology (BI 338)

Marine Biology (BI 140)

Biological Electron Microscopy (BI 311)

Advanced Light Microscopy (BI 351)

Research Interests:

David Domozych is a plant cell biologist who studies the evolution of cell walls and their biosynthesis in plants. He is interested in the biochemistry and cell biology of cell wall components (esp. pectins) in the Charophycean Green Algae, the modern group of green algae whose ancestors are the basal stock from which land plants evolved. Dr. Domozych's primary research tools include light, confocal laser scanning and electron microscopy, various biochemical techniques and immunocytochemistry. His main subject of study is a new model organism, Penium margaritaceum, a unicellular desmid with cell polymers similar to those of higher plants. Currently, his research work is involved with answering questions like:

Dr. Domozych's work has recently been sponsored by grants from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Molecular and Cell Biology Program, NSF Intergrated Organismal Systems and NSF Major Instrumentation Programs. Many students participate in his research program both during the academic year and summer. In the summer of 2010, four students, Carly Sacks, Korena Burgio, Pia Ruisi-Besares and Hannah Brechka worked in his laboratory and accompanied him for a week-long research experience at the University of Copenhagen.

Recent Publications:

Domozych, D.S., Ciancia, M., Fangel, J. U., Mikkelsen, M. D., Ulvskov, P. and Willats, W. G. T. (2012) The cell walls of green algae: a journey through evolution and diversity. Frontiers in Plant Physiology doi: 10.3389/fpls.2012.00082.

Domozych, D.S. (2012) The quest for four-dimensional imaging in plant cell biology: it’s just a matter of time. Annals of Botany 110: 461-474.

Yeats, T. H., Martin, L. B. B., Viary, H., M-F., Isaacson, T., He, Y., Zhao, L., Matas, A.J., Buda, G. J., Domozych, D.S., Clausen, M. H. and Rose, J. K. C. (2012) The identification of cutin synthase: formation of the plant polyester cutin. Nature Chemical Biology doi:10.1038/nchembio.960.

Sørensen, I., Rose, J. K. C., Doyle, J. J., Domozych, D. S., and Willats, W.G.T. (2012). The Charophycean green algae as model systems to study plant cell walls and other evolutionary adaptations that gave rise to land plant. Plant Signaling and Behavior 7: 1–3.

Sørensen, I., Pettolino, F., Bacic, A., Ralph J., Lu, F., O'Neill, M., Fei, Z. Rose, J.K.C., Domozych, D.S. and Willats, W.G.T. (2011) The Charophycean green algae provide insights into the early origins of plant cell walls. Plant Journal 68, 201-211

Domozych, D.S., Brechka, H., Britton, A. and Toso, M. (2011) Cell Wall Growth and Modulation Dynamics in a Model Unicellular Green Alga—Penium margaritaceum: Live Cell Labeling with Monoclonal Antibodies. Journal of Botany doi:10.1155/2011/632165

Popper, Z.A., Michel, G., Hervé, C., Domozych, D.S., Willats, W.G.T., Tuohy, M.G., Kloareg, B. and Stengel, D.B. (2011) Evolution and Diversity of Plant Cell Walls: From Algae to Flowering Plants. Annual Review of Plant Biology 62, 567-590

Domozych, D.S. (2011) Algal cell walls. Encyclopedia of the Life Sciences. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000315.pub

Domozych, D.S., Brechka, H., Britton, A. and Toso, M. (2011) Cell wall growth and modulation dynamics in a model unicellular green alga, Penium margaritaceum: live cell labeling with monoclonal antibodies. Journal of Botany, in press.

Domozych , D.S., Sørensen, I., Pettolino, F.A., Bacic, A. and Willats, W.G.T. (2010) The Cell Wall Polymers of the Charophycean Green Alga Chara corallina: Immunobinding and Biochemical Screening. International Journal of Plant Sciences 171: 345361. 2010.

Sørensen, I., Domozych, D. and Willats, W.G.T. (2010) How have plant cell walls evolved? Plant Physiology 153: 366-372.

Domozych, D.S., Snyder, A. and Toso, M. (2010) Biofilm dynamics of the nuisance diatom, Didymosphaenia geminata (Bacillariophyceae). Nova Hedwigia 136: 249-260.

Bellinger, B.J., Gretz, M.R., Domozych, D.S., Kiemle , S.N. and Hagerthey, S.E. (2010) Composition of extracellular polymeric substances from periphyton assemblages in the Florida Everglades. Journal of Phycology 46:484-496.

Domozych, D.S., Sørensen, I. and Willats, W.G.T. (2009) The distribution of cell wall polymers during antheridium development and spermatogenesis in the Charophycean green alga, Chara corallina. Annals of Botany 104: 1045-1056.

Domozych, D. S., Lambiasse, L., Kiemle, S.N. and Gretz, M. R. (2009) Cell-wall development and bipolar growth in the desmid Penium margaritaceum (Zygnematophyceae, Streptophyta). Asymmetry in a symmetric world. Journal of Phycology 45: 879-893.

Domozych, D.S., Wilson, R. and Domozych, C. R. (2009) Photosynthetic Eukaryotes of Freshwater Wetland Biofilms: Adaptations and Structural Characteristics of the Extracellular Matrix in the Green Alga, Cosmarium reniforme (Zygnematophyceae, Streptophyta). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 56: 314-322.

Domozych, D.S. and Domozych, C.R. (2008) Desmids and Biofilms of Freshwater Wetlands: Development and Microarchitecture. Microbial Ecology 55: 81-93.

Domozych, D. S., Serfis, A., Kiemle, S. N. and Gretz, M. R. (2007) The structure and biochemistry of the homogalacturonans of the cell wall of the desmid, Penium margaritaceum. Protoplasma 230: 99-115.

Domozych, D.S., Elliott, L., Kiemle, S.N. and Gretz, M.R. (2007) Pleurotaenium trabecula, a desmid of wetland biofilms: the extracellular matrix and adhesion mechanisms. Journal of Phycology 43; 1022-1038.

Grants received:-Last 5 years

NSF MCB 1009978: The cell biology of pectin dynamics in the Charophycean Green Algae: Homogalacturonan secretion in the model organism, Penium margaritaceum; 02/10/2010-09/30/2012; $232,000.

NSF MRI 0922805: MRI: Acquisition of a Libra 120 transmission electron microscope for research enhancement at Skidmore College. 01/01/2010- 12/31/2013; $721,046.00.

NSF MRI 0959476: MRI-R2: From Molecules to Ecosystems: Establishment of the Skidmore Analytical Interdisciplinary Laboratory (SAIL); 01/01/2010- 12/31/2014; $557,755.00

Research Collaborators from around the world:

Dr. William Willats, University of Copenhagen

Dr. Peter Ulvskov and Jesper Harholt, University of Copenhagen

Drs. Jocelyn Rose and Iben Sorensen, Cornell University

Dr. Jose Estevez, University of Buenos Aires

Dr. Zoe Popper, National University of Ireland