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Biological Sciences Profiles

Douglas Bielenberg

Associate Professor
Biological Sciences Department

Office: 155 Long Hall
Phone: 864-656-2328
Fax: 8646560435


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Plant Physiology
The Pennsylvania State University 2000

B.S. Biology
University of Northern Iowa 1995

 Courses Taught

BIOL 4010 Plant Physiology Lecture
BIOL 4020 Plant Physiology Lab
BIOL 2000 Biology in the News
BIOL 4930 Senior Seminar

 Research Interests

Plant responses to the abiotic environment have been the theme of my research career. Currently I am focused on understanding the environmental regulation of floral and vegetative bud break timing in perennial species. My program combines genetic, molecular and ecophysiological approaches to investigate spring phenology.


Bielenberg DG, Rauh B, Fan S, Gasic K, Abbott AG, Okie WR, Reighard GL, Wells CE. 2015. Genotyping by sequencing for SNP-based linkage map construction and QTL analysis of chilling requirement and bloom date in peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch]. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0139406. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139406

Jung S‡, Bassett C, Bielenberg DG, Cheng C-H, Dardick C, Main D, Meisel L, Slovin J, Troggio M, Schaffer RJ‡. 2015. A standard nomenclature for gene designation in the Rosaceae. Tree Genetics & Genomes 11:108.

Wells CE‡, Vendramin E, Jiménez Tarodo S, Verde I and Bielenberg DG. 2015. A genome-wide analysis of MADS box genes in peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch]. BMC Plant Biology 15:41

Bielenberg DG. 2015. “Comparing Genetic Mechanisms of Bud Chilling Fullfillment and Seed Cold Stratification: A Role for Peach (Prunus persica)?” In: J.V. Anderson (Ed) Advances in Plant Dormancy, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.

Zhebentyayeva TN‡, Fan S, Chandra A, Bielenberg DG, Reighard GL, Okie WR, Abbott AG‡. 2014. Dissection of chilling requirement and bloom date QTLs in peach using a whole genome sequencing of sibling trees from an F2 mapping population. Tree Genetics & Genomes 10(1): 35-51

The International Peach Genome Initiative, Verde I, Abbott AG, Scalabrin S, Jung S, Shu S, Marroni F, Zhebentyayeva T, Dettori MT, Grimwood J, Cattonaro F, Zuccolo A, Rossini L, Jenkins J, Vendramin E, Meisel LA, Decroocq V, Sosinski B, Prochnik S, Mitros T, Policriti A, Cipriani G, Dondini L, Ficklin S, Goodstein DM, Xuan P, Del Fabbro C, Aramini V, Copetti D, Gonzalez S, Horner DS, Falchi R, Lucas S, Mica E, Maldonado J, Lazzari B, Bielenberg DG, Pirona R, Mara Miculan, Barakat A, Testolin R, Stella A, Tartarini S, Tonutti P, Arús P, Orellana A, CE, Main D, Vizzotto G, Silva H, Salamini F, Schmutz J, Morgante M, Rokhsar DS. 2013. The high-quality draft genome of peach (Prunus persica) identifies unique patterns of genetic diversity, domestication and genome evolution. Nature Genetics, 45: 487-494.

Bielenberg DG‡. 2011. Knowing when not to grow. New Phytologist 189(1): 3-5.

Jiménez S, Reighard GL, Bielenberg DG‡. 2010. Gene expression of DAM5 and DAM6 is suppressed by chilling temperatures and inversely correlates with bud break rate. Plant Molecular Biology 73(1-2): 157-167.

Jiménez S, Li Z, Reighard GL, Bielenberg DG‡. 2010. Identification of genes associated with growth cessation and bud dormancy release using a dormancy-incapable tree mutant. BMC Plant Biology 10(25).

Fan S, Bielenberg DG, Zhebentyayeva TN, Reighard GL, Okie WR, Holland D, Abbott AG‡. 2010. Mapping quantitative trait loci associated with chilling requirement, heat requirement and bloom date in peach (Prunus persica). New Phytologist 185(4): 917-930.

Olukolu BA, Trainin T, Fan S, Kole C, Bielenberg DG, Reighard GL, Abbott AG, Holland D‡. 2009. Genetic linkage mapping for molecular dissection of chilling requirement and budbreak in apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.). Genome 52: 819-828.

Jiménez S, Lawton-Rauh AL, Reighard GL, Abbott AG, Bielenberg DG‡. 2009. Phylogenetic analysis and molecular evolution of the dormancy associated MADS-box genes from peach. BMC Plant Biology 9(81): doi:10.1186/1471-2229-1189-1181.

Li Z, Reighard GL, Abbott AG, Bielenberg DG‡. 2009. Dormancy-associated MADS genes from the EVG locus of peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch] have distinct seasonal and photoperiodic expression patterns. Journal of Experimental Botany 60(12): 3521-3530.

Bielenberg DG, Gasic K, and Chaparro JX. 2009. “An introduction to peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch]” In: Gardiner S and Folta K (Eds) Genetics and Genomics of Rosaceae, Springer, Netherlands.