Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Vidali, Luis


Kinesins are an important type of motor that use microtubules to move throughout the cell and are thought to be a factor in regulating the motility of chloroplasts in moss. This project is focused on further understanding the mechanism of microtubule-mediated chloroplast motility by trying to test the chloroplast light avoidance response in moss plants where kinesins 4-II and 7-I have been silenced by RNAi. Latrunculin and oryzalin were used as controls in altering chloroplast movement as they each disrupt the function of actin and microtubules respectively. Under the influence of these drugs the avoidance response should either decrease or disappear altogether.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Program

Biology and Biotechnology