Julia Bailey-Serres studies the sensing, signaling and acclimation responses to abiotic stresses in plants. Much of the work of her group at UC Riverside’s Center for Plant Cell Biology focuses on low oxygen stress caused by flooding. Her team has characterized mechanisms of gene regulation and acclimation that enable survival of submergence and transient oxygen deprivation in rice and Arabidopsis. These mechanisms may be extended to other species. The research includes the characterization of mechanisms involving transcription and translation that are key to survival of and recovery from stress. Her research group applies multidisciplinary approaches that combine genetic, molecular, biochemical, and bioinformatics to address mechanisms from the sub-cellular to the whole plant level.