Charles S. Gasser

Prof. Charles Gasser

Position Title
Professor Emeritus

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology

Research Interests

Research in my lab focuses on the genetic and molecular factors that govern the development and evolution of ovules, the precursors to seeds. We study development primarily using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system, but use a variety of other plants to study the evolution of ovule development.

Graduate Group Affiliations

Education and Degree(s)
  • 1978 B.S. in Botany, University of California, Davis
  • 1985 Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Stanford University
  • di Rienzo, V., Imanifard, Z., Mascio, I., Gasser, C. S., Skinner, D. J., Pierri, C. L., Marini, M., Fanelli, V., Sabetta, W., Montemurro, C., Bellin, D. (2021) Functional conservation of the grapevine candidate gene INNER NO OUTER for ovule development and seed formation. Hort. Research 8:1-13.
  • Yamada, T., Sasaki, Y., Sakata, K., and Gasser, C. S. (2019) Possible roles of BELL1 and Class III homeodomain-leucine zipper genes during integument evolution. Intl. J. Plant Sci.180:623-631. (
  • Gasser, C. S., and Skinner, D. J. (2019) Development and evolution of the unique ovules of flowering plants. Curr. Topics Dev. Biol.131:373-399. (
  • Simon, M. K.*, Skinner, D. J*., Gallagher, T. L., and Gasser, C. S. (2017) Integument development in Arabidopsis depends on interaction of YABBY protein INNER NO OUTER with co-activators and co-repressors. Genetics 207:1489-1500. *authors contributed equally to this work.
  • Skinner, D. J., Brown, R. H., Kuzoff, R. K., and Gasser, C. S. (2016) Conservation of the role of INNER NO OUTER in development of unitegmic ovules of the Solanaceae despite a divergence in protein function. BMC Plant Biology 16:143 (DOI: 10.1186/s12870-016-0835-z, URL: