NAME POSITION TITLE
Vicki Bowman Vance Professor of Biological Sciences
INSTITUTION AND LOCATION DEGREE YEAR(s) FIELD OF STUDY
Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL) BS 1971 Botany
University of Illinois at Medical Center (Chicago, IL) MS 1973 Microbiology
Washington University (St. Louis, MO) Ph.D 1983 Plant Biology
A. Positions and Honors
Positions and Employment
1972-1973 Bacteriologist, USDA Dairy Testing Laboratory, Chicago, IL
1973-1975 Clinical Virologist, Municipal Contagious Disease Hospital, Chicago, IL
1977-1978 Lab Specialist, Department of Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
(C.P. Emerson, Advisor)
1983-1988 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
(09/83-09/84, with L. Bowman, ribosomal RNA studies; 10/84-02/85, with M. R. Stallcup, in vitro
transcription studies; 03/85-02/88, with A. Huang, plant molecular biology studies)
1988-1989 Research Assistant Professor, Dept of Biology University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
1989-1995 Assistant Professor, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
1995-2000 Associate Professor, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
2000-present Professor, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
2003-present Wade T. Batson Jr. Professor of Botany
Other Experience, Professional Memberships, and Achievements
1992-present Member, American Society of Virology
1993 Convener, Plant Virus Replication Section, American Society of Virology meeting
1996, 99, 03 Review Panel Member, USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (Plant
Pathology and Genetic Mechanisms Panels)
1997-present Member, American Phytopathological Society
1997-1999 Virology Committee, American Phytopathological Society
1999 Principal co-inventor, US patent no. 5,939,541: "Method for Enhancing Expression of a Foreign or
Endogenous Gene Product in Plants”
2000-present Member, American Society of Plant Biologists
2001 Review Panel Member, NIH study section CDF-1 (Mar. 15-16, 2001)
2002 Inventor, US patent no. 6,395,962: "Compositions and methods for modulating gene expression in
2002-2004 Review Panel member, NIH study section SSS-Y (Nov. 13-15, 2002; July 9-11, 2003); Review panel
member, NSF, Plant Genome Panel; Principal co-inventor, patent Application: “Compositions and
methods for manipulation of gene expression in plants” Pending.
1971-1972 Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois at Medical Center
1981-1983 Pioneer Seed Fellow, Washington University
1993 Elected “Preferred Faculty Member,” University of South Carolina
1998 “State of the Art” Speaker, American Society of Virology meeting (July, 1999)
2001 “President’s Symposium” Speaker, Quadrennial Annual Meetings of the American Society of
Plant Biologists and the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists (July, 2001); Invited Speaker for Council
for the Advancement of Science Writers (November, 2001)
2002 Invited Lecturer, Cold Spring Harbor Arabidopsis Workshop; Plenary Speaker, International Conference
Virology, Paris (July, 2002); Certificate of Appreciation for Teaching from Patterson Hall residents, USC
2003 Keynote Speaker, 4th Annual Arabidopsis Minisymposium (April, 2003); Plenary Speaker, American
Society of Virology Annual Meeting, UC, Davis (July, 2003)
2003 Appointed Wade T. Batson, Jr. Professor of Botany (August, 2003)
2004 Finalist for Micheal J. Mungo Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
B. List of Refereed Publications (last five years)
Anandalakshmi, R., Pruss, G.J., Ge, X., Marathe, R., Mallory, A.C., Smith, T.H., and Vance, V. B. (1998) A
viral suppressor of gene silencing in plants. PNAS USA 95, 13079-13084. *(subject of Nature News and
Marathe, R.J., Smith, T. H., Anandalakshmi, R., Bowman, L.H., Fagard, M., Mourrain, P., Vaucheret, H., and
Vance, V. B. (2000) Plant viral suppressors of post-transcriptional silencing do not suppress transcriptional
silencing. Plant J. 22, 51-59.
Vance, V. B. (2000) Plant Viral Synergism. In Encyclopedia of Plant Pathology. Edited by O. C. Maloy & T.
D. Murray. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
Anandalakshmi, R., Marathe, R., Ge X., Herr, J.M., Mallory, A., Mau, C., Pruss, G., Bowman, L., and Vance,
V. B. (2000) A calmodulin-related protein from tobacco suppresses post-transcriptional gene silencing.
Science 290, 142-144.
Mallory, A.C., Ely, L., Smith, T. H., Marathe, R., Anandalakshmi, R., Fagard, M., Vaucheret, H., Pruss, G.,
Bowman, L., and Vance, V. B. (2001) HC-Pro suppression of transgene silencing eliminates the small
RNAs but not transgene methylation or the mobile silencing signal. Plant Cell 13, 571-583.
Matzke, M.A., Matzke, A.J., Pruss, G., and Vance, V.B. (2001) RNA-based silencing strategies in plants. Curr.
Opin. Genet. Dev. 11, 221-227.
Vance, V.B. and Vaucheret, H. (2001) RNA silencing in plants – defense and counterdefense. Science 292,
Mlotshwa, S.,Voinnet, O., Mette, M.F., Matzke,M., Vaucheret, H., Ding, S.W., Pruss,G., and Vance, V.B.
(2002) RNA silencing and the mobile silencing signal. Plant Cell, 14 supplement, S289-301.
Mallory, A., G. Parks, M. Endres, Baulcombe, D., Bowman, L. Vance, V. B. (2002) The amplicon-plus
system for high-level expression of transgenes in plants. Nature Biotechnology 20, 622-625.
Mallory, A.C., Reinhart, B.J., Bartel, D., Vance, V.B.* and Bowman, L.H.* (2002) A viral suppressor of RNA
silencing differentially regulates the accumulation of short interfering RNAs and microRNAs in tobacco.
PNAS USA 23, 15228-15233. *these authors contributed equally to the work
Mallory, A.C., Mlotshwa, S., Bowman, L.H. and Vance, V.B. (2003) The capacity of transgenic tobacco to
send a systemic RNA silencing signal depends on the nature of the inducing transgene locus.
Plant J. 35, 82-92.
Pruss, G.J., Lawrence, C.B., Bass, T., Li, Q., Bowman, L.H. and Vance, V.B. (2004) The potyviral suppressor
of RNA silencing confers enhanced resistance to multiple pathogens. Virology 320, 107-120.
Roth, B., Pruss, G. and Vance,V.B. (2004) Plant Viral Suppressors of RNA Silencing. Virus Research, 102, 97-
Wang, M.B., Bian, X.Y., Wu, L.M., Liu, L.X., Smith, N.A., Isenegger, D., Wu, R.M., Masuta, C., Vance, V.B.,
Watson J.M. Rezaian, A., Dennis, E.S., Waterhouse, P.M. (2004) On the role of RNA silencing in the
pathogenicity and evolution of viroids and viral satellites. PNAS USA 101, 3275-80.
Adai, A., Johnson, C., Mlotshwa, S., Archer-Evans, S., Manocha, V.,Vance, V. B. and Sundaresan, V. (2005)
Computational Prediction of miRNAs in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genome Research 15, 78-91.
Mlotshwa, S., Schauer, S., Mallory, A., Smith, T., Roth, B, Merchant, D., Animesh, R., Bowman, L., Vance,
V.B. (2005) Ectopic Expression of DICER-LIKE1 in P1/HC-Pro Transgenic Arabidopsis Alleviates
Developmental Anomalies but not Defects in MicroRNA and Silencing Pathways (in revision for Plant