As a graduate student in Dr. Thomas K. Hodges lab, Huq worked on characterizing hypoxia inducible gene expression in rice. He did his post-doctoral research with Dr. Peter Quail at UC Berkeley, where he isolated and characterized phytochrome interacting factors (PIFs) in Arabidopsis. Dr. Huq began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology (MCDB) at The University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and is now a Professor of Molecular Biosciences.
Research in the Huq lab is focused on understanding how plants sense, interpret and respond to environmental light conditions that regulate almost every aspect of the plant life cycle from seed germination to flowering time. Specifically, the Huq lab focuses on the red/far-red light photoreceptors (phytochromes) and their interacting factors (Phytochrome Interacting Factors, PIFs) to understand early signaling events that regulate a large number of gene expression and ultimately leads to photomorphogenesis.
Fields of Interest
- Plant Biology
- Molecular Biology and Genetics
Centers and Institutes
- Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Graduate Programs
- B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1987 and 1988, respectively.
- Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Purdue University in 1997