Faculty and Research


Heather D. Coleman

Assistant Professor

Office: 460 LSC; Lab 473 LSC
Phone: 315-443-0453


PhD, University of British Columbia, 2008
PDF, Queensland University of Technology, 2008-2011

Research interests

Genetic and environmental control of cell wall formation, biotechnology, molecular farming, functional genomics


Bio 421 – Biotechnology Capstone Seminar

Selected Publications

Harrison M, Geijskes RJ, Coleman HD, Shand K, Kinkema M, Palupe A, Hassall R, Sainz M, Lloyd R, Miles S, Dale J. (2011) Accumulation of recombinant cellobiohydrolase and endoglucanase in the leaves of mature transgenic sugarcane.  Plant Biotechnology Journal, 9: 884-896.

Coleman HD, Yan J, Mansfield SD. (2009) Sucrose synthase affects carbon partitioning to increase cellulose production and altered cell wall ultrastructure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 106: 13118–13123.

Coleman HD, Samuels AL, Guy R, Mansfield SD. (2008) Perturbed lignification impacts tree growth in hybrid poplar - a function of sink strength, vascular integrity, and photosynthetic assimilation. Plant Physiology, 148: 1229-1237.

Coleman HD, Park JY, Nair R, Chapple C, Ralph J, Mansfield SD. (2008).  RNAi-mediated suppression of p-coumaroyl-CoA 3’-hydroxylase in hybrid poplar impacts lignin deposition and soluble secondary metabolism.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 105: 4501-4506.

Coleman HD, Canam T, Kang KY, Ellis DD, Mansfield SD. (2007).  Over-expression of UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase in hybrid poplar affects carbon allocation.  Journal of Experimental Botany 58: 4257-4268.