Educational & Professional Experience
2002 - Ph.D. Plant Genetics, University of California, Riverside.
1997 - M. S. Plant Biology, University of California, Riverside.
1993 - B. S. Biology, State University of New York at Binghamton.
2014 - present, Associate Professor of Biology - Western Washington University
2009-2014, Assistant Professor of Biology - Western Washington University
2003-2009, Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher - University of Washington
Transcriptional regulation of gene expression
My broad research interest is to explore the molecular aspects of developmental processes. I use the model organism, Arabidopsis thaliana, as a system to investigate some of the genes involved in cell division and cell-type differentiation. We are currently investigating the transcriptional regulation of key regulators involved in the production of stomata.
Bold, undergraduate authors
Valente, A.S., Tutone, M., Brodie, E., Peper, H. and L.J. Pillitteri (2018). T-DNA associated reciprocal translocation reveals differential survival of male and female gametes. Submitted: Plant Gene.
Becerra, B.J, Narvaez-Vasquez, J., Pillitteri, L.J., Orozco-Cardenas, M., Tang and C.J. Lovatt (2017). Identification of cis-regulatory elements related to water-deficit and low-temperature stress within the promoter of Citrus sinensis APETALA1. Citrus Res & Tech 37:138-146
Pillitteri, L.J., Guo, X., and J. Dong (2016). Asymmetric cell division in plants: mechanisms of symmetry breaking and cell fate determination. Cell Mol Life Sci 73; 4213-4229. DOI: 10.1007/s00018-016-2290-2
Mahoney, A.K., Anderson, E.M, Bakker, R.A., Williams, A.F., Flood, J.J., Sullivan, K.C., and L.J. Pillitteri (2016). Functional analysis of the Arabidopsis thaliana MUTE promoter reveals a regulatory region sufficient for meristemoid-specific expression. Planta 243; 987-998. DOI:10.1007/s00425-015-2445-7
Pillitteri, L.J. and J. Dong (2013). Stomatal development in Arabidopsis. The Arabidopsis Book. e0162. 10.1199/tab.0162.
Pillitteri, L.J. and K.U. Torii (2012). Mechanisms of stomatal development. Annual Review of Plant Biology 63:591-614.
Pillitteri, L.J., Peterson, K.M., Horst, R.J., and K.U. Torii (2011). Molecular profiling of meristemoids reveals new component of asymmetric cell division and commonalities among stem-cell populations in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 23:3260-3275.