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Jessica R. Lucas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office: 254 Halsey Science Center
Lab: 015 Halsey Science Center
Phone: (920) 424-1102





  • Ph.D., 2007, Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology, The Ohio State University
  • B.S., 2000, Plant Biology, Southern Illinois University

Courses Taught

  • BIO105: Biological Concepts – Unity
  • BIO316: Development and Stem Cells
  • BIO323: Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIO372: Cancer Biology

Research Interests

My research aims to understand how plants grow and survive in challenging environments. My overarching goal is to help grow sustainable, ethical, and productive plant systems. Science is collaborative, and I specialize in molecular genetics, developmental cell biology, and quantitative microscopy.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Lucas, JR; Shaw, SL. 2023. Overlapping Localization of MAP65-2, -6, and -7 in Arabidopsis Hypocotyl Cells. microPublication Biology.
    doi: 10.17912/micropub.biology.000971.
  • Lucas JR, Dupree B. 2023. Stomatal pore width and area measurements in Zea mays. MicroPublications Biology.
    doi: 10.17912/micropub.biology.000893.
  • Stelzer, R.S., Behrens, J.A., Pascarella, S., Paea, A.J., and Lucas, J.R.. 2023. Size Selection by Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymoropha) Exposed to Microplastic Fibers. Water Air Soil Pollut 234, 629.
    doi: 10.1007/s11270-023-06643-8
  • Lucas J, Geisler M. 2022. Sequential loss of dynein sequences precedes complete loss in land plants. Plant Physiol. Jun 27;189(3):1237-1240.
    doi: 10.1093/plphys/kiac151.
  • Lucas JR. 2021. Appearance of microtubules at the cytokinesis to interphase transition in Arabidopsis thaliana. Cytoskeleton (Hoboken). Jul;78(7):361-371.
    doi: 10.1002/cm.21689.