Sally Mackenzie

Director of the Plant Institute; Huck Chair of Functional Genomics; Professor of Biology and of Plant Science

Sally Mackenzie

Research Summary

Organelle biology and cellular specializations. Plant epigenetics, memory and phenotypic plasticity. Crop epigenetic breeding.

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Arabidopsis Methylation Genes Phenotype Rna Growth Breeding Epigenomics Dna Methylation Plastids Epigenome Transgenes Nanotechnology Signal Transduction Viscosity Mitochondria Epigenetics Dna Genome Mutation Organelles Biosynthesis Gene Expression Proteins Photosynthesis

Most Recent Publications

Robersy Sanchez, Sally A. Mackenzie, 2023, Scientific Reports

Ha Eun Jeh, Robersy Sanchez, Jesús Beltrán, Xiaodong Yang, Hardik Kundariya, Yashitola Wamboldt, Isaac Dopp, Alenka Hafner, Sally A. Mackenzie, 2023, Plant Journal on p. 414-433

Isaac Dopp, Kylie Kalac, Sally Mackenzie, 2023, Plant Physiology on p. 217-228

Sally A. Mackenzie, Philip M. Mullineaux, 2022, Journal of Experimental Botany on p. 7155-7164

Hardik Kundariya, Robersy Sanchez, Xiaodong Yang, Alenka Hafner, Sally A. Mackenzie, 2022, Genome Biology

F Xu, X Yang, N Zhao, Z Hu, Sally Mackenzie, M Zhang, J Yang, 2022, Horticultural Research

Fengyuan Xu, Xiaodong Yang, Na Zhao, Zhongyuan Hu, Sally A. MacKenzie, Mingfang Zhang, Jinghua Yang, 2022, Horticulture Research

Isaac J. Dopp, Xiaodong Yang, Sally A. Mackenzie, 2021, New Phytologist on p. 2148-2153

Na Zhao, Zhangping Li, Lili Zhang, Xiaodong Yang, Sally A. Mackenzie, Zhongyuan Hu, Mingfang Zhang, Jinghua Yang, 2021, Plant, Cell and Environment on p. 234-246

Most-Cited Papers

Jinghua Yang, Dongyuan Liu, Xiaowu Wang, Changmian Ji, Feng Cheng, Baoning Liu, Zhongyuan Hu, Sheng Chen, Deepak Pental, Youhui Ju, Pu Yao, Xuming Li, Kun Xie, Jianhui Zhang, Jianlin Wang, Fan Liu, Weiwei Ma, Jannat Shopan, Hongkun Zheng, Sally A. Mackenzie, Mingfang Zhang, 2016, Nature Genetics on p. 1225-1232

Kamaldeep S. Virdi, John D. Laurie, Ying Zhi Xu, Jiantao Yu, Mon Ray Shao, Robersy Sanchez, Hardik Kundariya, Dong Wang, Jean Jack M. Riethoven, Yashitola Wamboldt, Maria P. Arrieta-Montiel, Vikas Shedge, Sally A. Mackenzie, 2015, Nature Communications on p. 6386

Anna Block, Joshua R. Widhalm, Abdelhak Fatihi, Rebecca E. Cahoon, Yashitola Wamboldt, Christian Elowsky, Sally A. Mackenzie, Edgar B. Cahoon, Clint Chapple, Natalia Dudareva, Gilles J. Basset, 2014, Plant Cell on p. 1938-1948

Sunil K.Kenchanmane Raju, Mon Ray Shao, Robersy Sanchez, Ying Zhi Xu, Ajay Sandhu, George Graef, Sally Mackenzie, 2018, Plant Biotechnology Journal on p. 1836-1847

Elham Forouzesh, Ashwani Goel, Sally A. MacKenzie, Joseph A. Turner, 2013, Plant Journal on p. 509-520

Xiaodong Yang, Hardik Kundariya, Ying Zhi Xu, Ajay Sandhu, Jiantao Yu, Samuel F. Hutton, Mingfang Zhang, Sally A. Mackenzie, 2015, Plant Physiology on p. 222-232

Kamaldeep S S. Virdi, Yashitola Wamboldt, Hardik Kundariya, John D D. Laurie, Ido Keren, K. R. Sunil Kumar, Anna Block, Gilles Basset, Steve Luebker, Christian Elowsky, Philip M M. Day, Johnna L L. Roose, Terry M M. Bricker, Thomas Elthon, Sally A A. Mackenzie, 2016, Molecular Plant on p. 245-260

Anna Block, Rikard Fristedt, Sara Rogers, Jyothi Kumar, Brian Barnes, Joshua Barnes, Christian G. Elowsky, Yashitola Wamboldt, Sally A. Mackenzie, Kevin Redding, Sabeeha S. Merchant, Gilles J. Basset, 2013, Journal of Biological Chemistry on p. 27594-27606

Haridik Kundariya, Xiaodong Yang, Kyla Morton, R Sanchez Rodriguez, Robersy Sanchez, Michael J. Axtell, Samuel Hutton, Michael Fromm, Sally A. Mackenzie, 2020, Nature Communications on p. 5345

Xiaodong Yang, Robersy Sanchez, Hardik Kundariya, Tom Maher, Isaac Dopp, Rosemary Schwegel, Kamaldeep Virdi, Michael J. Axtell, Sally A. Mackenzie, 2020, Nature Communications

News Articles Featuring Sally Mackenzie

New 'Life From All Angles' video features Sally Mackenzie’s epigenetics research

The latest episode of "Life From All Angles," a YouTube series from the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, features Penn State Plant Institute Director Sally Mackenzie and her groundbreaking research in the field of epigenetics.

Plant molecular geneticists discover, and begin to crack, the epigenetic code

When plants sense environmental challenges such as drought or extended periods of extreme temperatures, they instinctively reprogram their genetic material to survive and even thrive.

Entrepreneurs compete for better future at Tech Tournament

Illuminate Therapeutics, a game changer in the way head and neck cancers are treated, earned the grand prize cash award of $75,000 at the Invent Penn State Tech Tournament, held April 28-29 at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, during the 2022 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference.

Eberly’s 2022 Lab Bench to Commercialization grant recipients announced

The Eberly College of Science has chosen faculty members Joyce Jose and Sally Mackenzie to receive its 2022 Lab Bench to Commercialization grants. This competitive program provides funding for researchers in the college, enabling them to enhance the commercial potential of ongoing Penn State research and prepare them to translate their Penn State-owned intellectual property to the marketplace.

Epigenetics: Conducting The Symphony Of Genetics

For all the hype, fear and misinformation that surrounds the application of gene editing, there is an equally powerful technology that offers much the same in potential benefit. This technology, epigenetics, is a natural process that has gone largely unremarked by consumers.

High-yielding plants that survive temperature swings may be our next weapon against climate change

Sally Mackenzie spent her childhood summers walking through the vast fields of bright, red, ripe tomato crops: They grow best in the heat of her home state of California. Yet recent seasons prove it can get too hot for a tomato.

Researchers graft tomato plants with epigenetically-modified rootstock

Progeny of novel combination is more vigorous and productive than parental plants. Novel grafted plants — consisting of rootstock epigenetically modified to “believe” it has been under stress — joined to an unmodified scion, or above-ground shoot, give rise to progeny that are more vigorous, productive, and resilient than the parental plants.

Grafting with epigenetically-modified rootstock yields surprise

Novel grafted plants—consisting of rootstock epigenetically modified to “believe” it has been under stress joined to an unmodified scion, or above-ground shoot—give rise to progeny that are more vigorous, productive and resilient than the parent plants.

As climate change makes growing seasons less predictable, scientists dig into a novel approach to boosting crop resilience

Epigenetic modification of plants shows promise for enhancing food security — but we still have a lot to learn.

Plants pass on 'memory' of stress to some progeny, making them more resilient

By manipulating the expression of one gene, geneticists can induce a form of “stress memory” in plants that is inherited by some progeny, giving them the potential for more vigorous, hardy and productive growth, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery has significant implications for plant breeding.