Sara E. Patterson (Sara P. Tatchell)
Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture
Director, CALS/SMPH Graduate Research Scholars Program

Professional Preparation

BA English: Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut (1975)
Certification K-12 Education: Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (1975)
MS Horticulture (Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology) Oregon State University (1978)
Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Wisconsin (1998)
Post Doctoral Training: Plant Molecular Biology University of Wisconsin (1998-1999)


Associate Professor of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2007-present)
Director, CALS/SMPH Graduate Research Scholars Program (2007-present)
Assistant Professor of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2000- 2007)
Lecturer, Botany Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Fall 1998)
Lecturer, Natural Sciences Department, Edgewood College, Madison, WI (1994 -1995)
Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater (1993-1994)


Jung Teaching Award, College of Agricultural Sciences University of Wisconsin 2006
Emil H. Steiger, UW, Madison Distinguished Teaching Award 2007

Graduate Students Trained

Karianne Kusner (2000-2003) MS student
Camila Rey (2001-2004) MS student
Joonyup Kim (2001-2007) PhD student
Melinka Butenko (2001-2006) visiting PhD student from University of Oslo
Grete E Stenvik (2003) visiting PhD student from University of Oslo
Filippo de Franceschi (2006-2007) visiting PhD student from University of Padua, Italy
Amber Robertson (2004- present) PhD student: PBPG
Carl-Erik Tornqvist (2005-present) PhD student

Postdoctoral Fellows and Scientists Trained

Shinhan Shiu (2000-2001); now at Michigan State University
Wuyi Wang (2000-2002); now at Ceres Inc.
Ronan O’Malley (2005-2006); now at the Salk Institute
Edward Woolsey (2002-2007); Bioinformatics and Community Outreach
Joonyup Kim (2007); dab4 (delayed abscission)
Hongyu Rao (2003-present); Molecular Characterization of dab5 (delayed abscission)
Brad Binder (2006-present); growth and development

Synergistic Activities

Involved in numerous outreach programs for high school and Undergraduates: Biotechnology talks around state (Speakers Bureau UW. Madison); WTCS Statewide Horticulture Core Curriculum Workshop 2002, Bioethics Conference -Host Planning Committee, June 2002 Madison, WI; West High School Outreach – Fall 2002- present, faculty advisor West High School NASA Rocketry Club 2006 – present; and ASPIRE-Fall 2003 – present (Outreach to low income middle school students).

Monitoring editor for Plant Physiology

Editor for Biochemical Journal

Presented invited talks at a number of International Conferences and Institutions over the last few years including: 12th International Arabidopsis Conference, 2000; Gordon Conference on Plant Senescence, 2000 and 2004; Pohang Symposium on Plant Gene Function and Plant Senescence, Pohang Korea 2000; Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Society 2001; Bioethics Conference, Madison, WI 2002; INRA, Toulouse, France 2003; American Society Plant Biology, 2004 and 2006; American Society Horticultural Sciences, 2004; KVL, Copenhagen, 2005; Cornell University Invited Graduate Student Seminar, 2005