Dr Zoe Adelaide Popper

PhD, B.Sc

Contact Details


Botany
319
Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research
School of Natural Sciences
National University of Ireland Galway

T: +353 91 49 5431
E: zoe.popper@nuigalway.ie
W: http://www.nuigalway.ie/botany/popper_home.html
 
researcher

Biography

My research is focussed on characterising plant and algal cell walls with the aim of better understanding how: 1) their optimal composition has been impacted/altered during evolution and adaptation; 2) they are altered, in extant plants and algae, by biotic (e.g. the presence of pathogens/pests/parasites) and abiotic (e.g. wind, drought, etc) stress and during the growth and development; 3) their components may be used in biotechnology.

My teaching (1st-4th year undergraduate)
reflects my research interests and I use a range of technologies with the aim of stimulating interest and supporting students with a range of learning styles.

I am handling editor for Annals of Botany and BMC Plant Biology for submissions on plant cell walls.  

Listed:
Popper on the International Plant Names Index http://www.ipni.org/index.html 
Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=s5kMmFEAAAAJ&hl=en
ORCID profile: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8048-7351
 

Research Interests

  • Evolution of plant and algal cell walls
  • Structure of plant and algal cell walls
  • Polysaccharide linkages
  • Glycoproteins
  • Plant and algal anatomy and development
  • Plant and algal evolution
  • Plant and algal growth physiology
  • Novel uses of plant and algal cell wall polymers
  • Plant-plant interactions at ecological to cellular levels

 
Research projects:

  • Characterisation of seaweed polysaccharides for prebiotics
  • Characterisation of algal cell wall components for future biotechnological applications
  • Algal growth
  • Evolution and dynamics of collenchymatous cell walls
  • C-Fern cell walls
  • Plant-plant/host-parasite interactions

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2014) 'Arabinogalactan protein-rich cell walls, paramural deposits and ergastic globules define the hyaline bodies of rhinanthoid Orobanchaceae haustoria'
Pielach, A,Leroux, O,Domozych, DS,Knox, JP,Popper, ZA (2014) 'Arabinogalactan protein-rich cell walls, paramural deposits and ergastic globules define the hyaline bodies of rhinanthoid Orobanchaceae haustoria'. Annals Of Botany, 114 :1359-1373 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Disruption of the microtubule network alters cellulose deposition and causes major changes in pectin distribution in the cell wall of the green alga, Penium margaritaceum'
Domozych, DS,Sorensen, I,Sacks, C,Brechka, H,Andreas, A,Fangel, JU,Rose, JKC,Willats, WGT,Popper, ZA (2014) 'Disruption of the microtubule network alters cellulose deposition and causes major changes in pectin distribution in the cell wall of the green alga, Penium margaritaceum'. Journal Of Experimental Botany, 65 :465-479 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Plant and algal cell walls: diversity and functionality PREFACE'
Popper, ZA,Ralet, MC,Domozych, DS (2014) 'Plant and algal cell walls: diversity and functionality PREFACE'. Annals Of Botany, :1043-1048 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Pectin Metabolism and Assembly in the Cell Wall of the Charophyte Green Alga Penium margaritaceum'
Domozych, DS,Sorensen, I,Popper, ZA,Ochs, J,Andreas, A,Fangel, JU,Pielach, A,Sacks, C,Brechka, H,Ruisi-Besares, P,Willats, WGT,Rose, JKC (2014) 'Pectin Metabolism and Assembly in the Cell Wall of the Charophyte Green Alga Penium margaritaceum'. Plant Physiol, 165 :105-118 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Comparative glycan profiling of Ceratopteris richardii 'C-Fern' gametophytes and sporophytes links cell-wall composition to functional specialization'
Eeckhout, S,Leroux, O,Willats, WGT,Popper, ZA,Viane, RLL (2014) 'Comparative glycan profiling of Ceratopteris richardii 'C-Fern' gametophytes and sporophytes links cell-wall composition to functional specialization'. Annals Of Botany, 114 :1295-1307 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Ceratopteris richardii (C-Fern): a model for investigating adaptive modification of vascular plant cell walls'
Leroux, O,Eeckhout, S,Viane, RLL,Popper, ZA (2013) 'Ceratopteris richardii (C-Fern): a model for investigating adaptive modification of vascular plant cell walls'. Frontiers in Plant Science, 4 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Heterogeneity of silica and glycan-epitope distribution in epidermal idioblast cell walls in Adiantum raddianum laminae'
Leroux, O,Leroux, F,Mastroberti, AA,Santos-Silva, F,Van Loo, D,Bagniewska-Zadworna, A,Van Hoorebeke, L,Bals, S,Popper, ZA,Mariath, JED (2013) 'Heterogeneity of silica and glycan-epitope distribution in epidermal idioblast cell walls in Adiantum raddianum laminae'. Planta, 237 :1453-1464 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Cell wall evolution and diversity'
Fangel JU, Ulvskov P, Knox JP, Mikkelsen MD, Harholt J, Popper ZA, Willats WG. (2012) 'Cell wall evolution and diversity'. Frontiers in Plant Science, 3 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Evolution and diversity of plant cell walls: from algae to flowering plants'
Popper ZA, Michel G, Hervé C, Domozych DS, Willats WG, Tuohy MG, Kloareg B, Stengel DB (2011) 'Evolution and diversity of plant cell walls: from algae to flowering plants'. Annu Rev Plant Biol, 62 :567-590 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Algal chemodiversity and bioactivity: sources of natural variability and implications for commercial application'
Stengel DB, Connan S, Popper ZA (2011) 'Algal chemodiversity and bioactivity: sources of natural variability and implications for commercial application'. Biotechnology Advances, 29 (5):483-501 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Beyond the green: understanding the evolutionary puzzle of plant and algal cell walls'
Popper ZA, Tuohy MG (2010) 'Beyond the green: understanding the evolutionary puzzle of plant and algal cell walls'. Plant Physiology, 153 :514-525 [Details]
(2010) 'Taxonomic revision of European Apium L. s.l.: Helosciadium W.D.J. Koch restored'
Ronse AC, Popper ZA, Preston JC, Watson MF. (2010) 'Taxonomic revision of European Apium L. s.l.: Helosciadium W.D.J. Koch restored'. Plant Syst Evol, 287 :1-17 [Details]
(2010) 'A comprehensive toolkit of plant cell wall glycan-directed monoclonal antibodies'
Pattathil S, Avci U, Baldwin D, Swennes AG, McGill JA, Popper Z, Bootten T, Albert A, Davis RH, Chennareddy C, Dong R, O'Shea B, Rossi R, Leoff C, Freshour G, Narra R, O'Neil M, York WS, Hahn MG (2010) 'A comprehensive toolkit of plant cell wall glycan-directed monoclonal antibodies'. Plant Physiol, 153 (2):514-525 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Xyloglucan-pectin linkages are formed intra-protoplasmically, contribute to wall-assembly, and remain stable in the cell wall'
Popper ZA, Fry SC (2008) 'Xyloglucan-pectin linkages are formed intra-protoplasmically, contribute to wall-assembly, and remain stable in the cell wall'. Planta, 227 (4):781-794 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Evolution and diversity of green plant cell walls'
Popper ZA (2008) 'Evolution and diversity of green plant cell walls'. Current opinion in plant biology, 11 (3):286-292 [DOI] [Details]
(2006) 'The Cell Walls of Pteridophytes and other green plants (invited review)'
Popper ZA. (2006) 'The Cell Walls of Pteridophytes and other green plants (invited review)'. The Fern Gazette, 17 :315-332 [Details]
(2005) 'Widespread occurrence of a covalent linkage between xyloglucan and acidic polysaccharides in suspension-cultured angiosperm cells'
Popper ZA, Fry SC (2005) 'Widespread occurrence of a covalent linkage between xyloglucan and acidic polysaccharides in suspension-cultured angiosperm cells'. Annals of botany, 96 (1):91-99 [DOI] [Details]
(2004) 'Primary Cell Wall Composition of Pteridophytes and Spermatophytes'
Popper ZA, Fry SC. (2004) 'Primary Cell Wall Composition of Pteridophytes and Spermatophytes'. New Phytologist, 164 :165-174 [Details]
(2004) '3-O-Methylrhamnose in lower land plant primary cell walls'
Popper ZA, Sadler IH, Fry SC. (2004) '3-O-Methylrhamnose in lower land plant primary cell walls'. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 32 :279-289 [Details]
(2003) 'Primary cell wall composition of bryophytes and charophytes'
Popper ZA, Fry SC (2003) 'Primary cell wall composition of bryophytes and charophytes'. Annals Of Botany, 91 :1-12 [Details]
(2003) 'alpha-D-Glucuronosyl-(1-->3)-L-galactose, an unusual disaccharide from polysaccharides of the hornwort Anthoceros caucasicus'
Popper ZA, Sadler IH, Fry SC (2003) 'alpha-D-Glucuronosyl-(1-->3)-L-galactose, an unusual disaccharide from polysaccharides of the hornwort Anthoceros caucasicus'. Phytochemistry, 64 (1):325-335 [Details]
(2001) '3-O-methyl-d-galactose residues in lycophyte primary cell walls'
Popper ZA, Sadler IH, Fry SC (2001) '3-O-methyl-d-galactose residues in lycophyte primary cell walls'. Phytochemistry, 57 :711-719 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2011) 'Extraction and detection of arabinogalactan proteins (Chapter 17)'
Popper ZA (2011) 'Extraction and detection of arabinogalactan proteins (Chapter 17)' In: The Plant Cell Wall: Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology Volume 715. New Jersey, USA: Humana Press. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2007) International Cell Wall Meeting, Copenhagen published in Physiologia Plantarum 130
McCann A, Benanti G, Knox JP, Popper ZA (2007) The occurrence of arabinogalactan proteins in charophytes (stoneworts): Abstract 125 International Cell Wall Meeting, Copenhagen published in Physiologia Plantarum 130 [Details]
(2006) Meeting of the Society for Glycobiology, Published in Glycobiology 16
Tuomivaara ST, Popper ZA, Bootten TJ, O'Neill M, Freshour G, York WS, Hahn MG (2006) Epitope characterisation of tamarind xyloglucan reactive monoclonal antbodies Meeting of the Society for Glycobiology, Published in Glycobiology 16 [Details]
(2003) British Bryologocal Society Meeting published in Field Bryologist 82
Popper ZA, Sadler IH, Fry SC (2003) Evolution and composition of Bryophyte primary cell walls British Bryologocal Society Meeting published in Field Bryologist 82 , pp.33-34 [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2011) The Plant Cell Wall: Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology Volume 715.
Popper ZA (Ed.). (2011) The Plant Cell Wall: Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology Volume 715. New Jersey, USA: Humana Press. [Details]

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
EPSO Working Group on Outreach and Public Dialogue (2011-2013) Member 01-JAN-11 / 31-DEC-13
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) http://publicationethics.org/ Member /
Diversitas (http://www.diversitas-international.org/) Elected national member /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Permanent Lecturer in Plant Science (above the bar): School of Natural Sciences, The National University of Ireland, Galway. 28-FEB-11 /
NUI Galway Permanent Lecturer in Plant Science (below the bar): School of Natural Sciences, 31-OCT-08 / 28-FEB-11
NUI Galway Fixed-term lecturer, Botany 01-JAN-06 / 31-OCT-08
University of Athens, Georgia, USA Post-doctoral Researcher 01-JAN-05 / 31-DEC-05
University of Edinburgh Post-doctoral Researcher 02-JUL-01 / 01-DEC-05
Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Researcher 04-JUN-07 / 26-SEP-08

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2001 University of Edinburgh PhD Cell wall biochemistry and evolution
1997 University of Edinburgh BSc (Hons) Plant Science

Other Activities

  Description

Invited lectures: University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France; University of Tromsø, Norway; TULIP (INRA/CNRS) Summer School, Ramonjuan, France; Edinburgh University, UK; NUI Galway Botany Society; Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; University of Rouen, France; ITQB, Lisbon, Portugal; University College Dublin, Ireland;  Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Max Planck Institut für Pflanzenphysiologie, Gölm, Germany

Journal editing: Member of editorial board of: Molecular Biotechnology (2008-present), Annals of Botany (2010-present), Plants (2011-2014), BMC Plant Biology (2014-present).Co-edited Special Issue of Annals of Botany (published Oct 2014) focussed on Plant and Algal cell wall diversity with D.S. Domozych and M.-C. Ralet.  Journal review board:   Member of peer review board for Journal of Visualised Experiments (2011-present)

Book review: reviewed book proposal on scientific writing for undergraduate students for Palgrave publishers Ltd (2015).

Journal refereeing for: Acta Biologica Cracoviensia, Algal Research, Annals of Botany, Applications in Plant Sciences, BMC Plant Biology, Carbohydrate Research, Database, Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers in Plant Physiology, Journal of Bryology, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, Journal of Applied Phycology, Journal of Phycology, Journal of Visualized Experiments, Molecular Biotechnology, Molecular Plant, Nature Protocols, New Phytologist, New Zealand Journal of Forestry Research, Phytochemistry (UK and USA), Phytotaxa, Plant Biology, Plant, Cell and Environment, Plant Journal, Plant Methods, Plant Physiology, Plant Signalling and Behaviour, PLoS ONE, Science, Trends in Plant Science, Zeitschrift für Naturforschung

Membership: British Phycological Society (2015-present), Society for Experimental Biology (2011-present); University contact for NUI Galway (2012-present),  American Society of Plant Biologists (2010-present), Botanic Gardens Education Network (2009-present),  Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society (2008-present),  European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO; Institutional membership)

External examiner (PhD): opponent for the defence of 4 students UK, NZ, Norway, France

Outreach:The Garden Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2011. Provided scientific advice and plant identifications for Jef Geys exhibition (in collaboration with Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington and Anna Pielach).Fascination of Plants Day (May 18th 2012, 2013, 2015 http://www.plantday12.eu/). National coordinator for all events in Ireland including involving other members of the scientific community at a national level, giving advice and reporting back to the International coordinators. At a local level organised a series of events including a national photography competition and exhibition, a plant-inspired art exhibition, storytelling (attended by ~70 school children) and tree climbing (http://fascinationofplants.blogspot.com). The events were reported in 4 local newspapers and on 2 radio stations

Teaching Interests

  • Plant and algal evolution
  • Plant and algal physiology
  • Plant and algal biochemistry

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
1st year: Semester 1 BO101/BO111: 1st year Biology
2nd year: Semester 1 BT208: Aquatic Plant Science
3rd year: Semester 2 BT318: Applications of Plamt Science in Biotechnology and Ecology
3rd year: Semester 2 BT312: Applied Aquatic Plant Science
4th year: Semester 1 BT416: Plant Evolution and Cell Biology