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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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Professor of Molecular Biology


Education

  • PhD - 1982 - Biological Sciences (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry), University of California, Irvine, CA
  • BA - 1974 -  Biological Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Postdoc - 1982-86 - Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA

Research Interests

My research is currently focused in two areas: 1) the development of plants as a bioproduction platform for complex high-value pharmaceutical proteins and vaccines and 2) the development of RTB, the nontoxic carbohydrate binding domain of ricin, for transmucosal delivery, subcellular trafficking, and immune-presentation of associated proteins and drugs.  These studies incorporate basic analyses of protein synthesis, processing, trafficking, folding/structure, assemble and stability.  Although trained in genetics and plant molecular biology, my research has developed a very strong biomedical focus and highly interactive collaborations with bioinformaticists, immunologists, medical biochemists, and infection disease researchers at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, UA for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, and University of Georgia as well as colleagues at ASU.

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Affiliations

  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Sigma Xi
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Biography

Dr. Cramer is internationally recognized as a leader and pioneer in plant transgenics for biopharmaceutical production. She is currently a professor in the Department of Biology and College of Agriculture and Technology at ASU and heads ASU's new Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI), a state-of-the-art research institute focused at the interface of agriculture and biomedicine. Her vision for ASU's ABI integrates highly interactive cross-disciplinary research with programs in educational outreach and in entrepreneurship and economic development.

Dr. Cramer has 25 years of experience in molecular research, is an author on more than 50 refereed scientific journal articles, and inventor on three issued and several pending patents. Research being done in her laboratory is focused on using the unique biosynthetic capacity of plants to make complex proteins as therapeutic medicines and vaccines. She served on the US Secretary of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture and has been a major speaker at national and international venues including the WHO Symposium on Plant Biotechnology and Human Health in the Developing World and the 2007 Plant-based Vaccines and Antibodies Conference held in Verona, Italy. She also co-founded and served as Chief Scientific Officer of biotechnology spin-off companies focused on plant-based production of therapeutics and vaccines.

Dr. Cramer received her BA in Biology at the University of California at Berkeley (1974), her PhD from UC, Irvine in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (1992), was a postdoctoral researcher at the Salk Institute, and served on the faculty of Virginia Tech for 18 years prior to joining ABI at ASU in 2004.