Terence M. Murphy

Terence Murphy

Position Title
Professor Emeritus

Department of Plant Biology

2049 Wickson

Research Interests

Enzymes of DNA repair. Identification of plants in forensic situations.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Forensic Science
  • Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Environmental and Integrative Biology
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Genomics


  • PLB 111 Plant Physiology
  • BIS 105 Biomolecules and Metabolism
  • BIS 010 General Biology

Honors and Awards

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, 1999
  • Division of Biological Sciences Teaching Award, 2002-2003

    Professional Societies

    • American Society of Plant Biologists
    • American Society for Photobiology
    • Scandinavian Society for Plant Physiology
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science


    • 1964 BS Biology California Institute of Technology
    • 1968 PhD Cell Biology University of California, San Diego


    Ben-Yehuda N, Murphy TM. 2010.  Rope from the Christmas Cave:  In search of the Talmudic hemp.  Archaeological Textiles Newsletter 50: 14-19.

    Murphy TM, Ben-Yehuda N, Taylor RE, Southon JR.  2011.  Hemp in Ancient Rope and Fabric from the Christmas Cave in Israel:  Talmudic Background and DNA Sequence Identification.  Journal of Archaeological Science 38: 2579-2588.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2011.05.004

    Murphy TM and Bola, G.  2013.   DNA identification of Salvia divinorum samples.  Forensic Science International—Genetics.  7:189-193.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fsigen.2012.04.004

    Ng AE, Sandoval E and Murphy TM.  2015.  Identification and individualization of Lophophora using DNA analysis of the trnL/trnF region and rbcL gene.  Journal of Forensic Sciences.  doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12936

    Adams KR, Johnson KL, and Murphy TM.  2015.  Prehistoric Puebloan yucca (Yucca) quids with wild tobacco (Nicotiana) contents: molecular and morphological evidence from Antelope Cave, northwestern Arizona.  Journal of Field Archaeology 40:310-324.  doi 10.1179/2042458214Y.0000000006

    Murphy, TM, and Potter D.  2015.  Genetic distinctions among oaks in the University of California, Davis arboretum:  contributions to oak phylogeny.  http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/research.aspx   International Oaks-- scheduled for 2017 issue.

    Graham, AF, Adams, KR, Smith, SJ and Murphy, TM.  2017.  A New Record of Domesticated Little Barley (Hordeum pusillum Nutt.) in Colorado:  Travel, Trade, or Independent Domestication.  Kiva (submitted).

    Shu J., Schellhorn, H.E., Murphy, T.M. 2006. Stationary phase-induction of G --> T mutations in Escherichia coli. Mutation Research 596:106-112.

    Rost, T.R., M.G. Barbour, C.R. Stocking and T.M. Murphy. 2006. Plant Biology, Second Edition. Thomson Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA, 603 pp.

    Dunbar, M., Murphy, T.M. 2009. DNA analysis of natural fiber rope. Journal of Forensic Sciences 54:108-113.

    Murphy TM, Belmonte M, Shu S, Britt AB, Hatteroth J 2009 Requirement for Abasic Endonuclease Gene Homologues in Arabidopsis Seed Development. PLoS ONE 4(1): e4297 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004297

    Murphy TM, Guo Y-Y. 2010 Antimutagenic specificities of two plant glycosylases, oxoguanine glycosylase and formamidopyrimidine glycosylase, assayed in vitro. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 392:335-339

    Murphy TM, Ben-Yehuda N, Taylor RE, Southon JR. 2011. Hemp in Ancient Rope and Fabric from the Christmas Cave in Israel: Talmudic Background and DNA Sequence Identification. Journal of Archaeological Science http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2011.05.004

    Murphy TM, Bola G. 2012. DNA identification of Salvia divinorum samples. Forensie Science International—Genetics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fsigen.2012.04.004