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Camelia Maier

Associate Professor
PO Box 425799
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204-5799

Office Location: GRB 328
Office Phone: 940-898-2358
Lab Phone: 940-898-2442
Fax: 940-898-2382

Teaching Area: Botany, Plant Biology, Plant Biochemistry and Physiology, Plant Ecophysiology, Plant Ecology, General Ecology, and Environmental Biology
Research Area: Estrogen compounds in plants


Position Date Institution Field
Postdoc 1996-1999
The Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK
Plant Biology
PhD 1996 
University of North Texas
Molecular Biology
MS  1992 University of North Texas Biology
1980 University of Bucharest, Romania Biology

Major Academic/Research Interest


Phytoestrogens, Moraceae, dioecious plants, plant reproduction, reproductive ecology, epicuticular waxes, mineral deposits, plant-animal onteractions, native plants

Main research interest - Estrogen compounds in plants (phytoestrogens)

The search for phytoestrogens and their possible functions in plant development and reproduction was approached by choosing a specific molecular screening technique, the estrogen-responsive transcriptional system in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). A variety of cellular, biochemical, physiological, molecular and genetic approaches are further employed, at the microscopic and organism levels to understand the role of these compounds in plant development and reproduction. Research topics include: the isolation and characterization of phytoestrogens from different plant species; the involvement of phytoestrogens in plant developmentand sexual reproduction and/or reproductive ecology; search for plant endogenous receptors responsive to phytoestrogens; estrogens in dietary plants and food products; medical applications of phytoestrogens for the prevention and therapy of cancer; sexual dimorphism and reproductive ecology of dioecious plants (have sexes separate in male trees and female trees) in the mulberry family.

Other research interests:

Plant epicuticular wax biochemistry, deposition and functions; plant mineral depositions and functions; plant-animal interactions; native plants.

Project List

Current projects in our lab:

  • Effects of estrogens on Arabidopsis thaliana stress responses
  • Isolation and characterization of phytoestrogens from Maclurapomifera and Morus sp. (Moraceae),dietary plants, and medicinal plants
  • Sex determination mechanism in Morus sp. and Maclura pomifera, Moraceae
  • Sexual dimorphism in Moraceae
  • Effect of mulberry mineral deposits on silkworm feeding and performance
  • Morpho-anatomical characteristics and reproductive ecology of Trout lily, Erythronium sp. (Liliaceae) in North Texas

Select Publications

Maier C. and Bierschank E., 2012, Plant Biology Lab Manual, Fountainhead Press, ISBN 978-1-59871-551-4

Wojtaszek J., Rivera F., and Maier C.G.-A., 2009, Sign-mediated communication between sunflowers and honeybees, Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, SemioticS 2008 (J. Deely and L. Sbrocchi, eds.). Legas Pub., Ottawa, Canada

Maier C. G.-A., 2007, The power of environmental education: Enhancing environmental literacy of college students, Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Environment

Whaley W.L., Rummel J.D., Zemenu E., Li W., Yang P., Rodgers B.C., Bailey J., Moody C.L., Huhman D.V., Maier C. G.-A., Sumner L.W., Starnes S.D., 2007, Isolation and characterization of osajin and pomiferin: Discovery laboratory exercises for organic chemistry, The Chemical Educator 12(3): 179-184

Arnott H. J. and Maier C. G.-A., 2006, Cystolith and nebencystolithen (secondary cystoliths) in white mulberry (Morus alba L., Moraceae), Texas Journal of Microscopy 37:2: 58-59

Maier C. G.-A. and Arnott H. J., 2002, An interdisciplinary inquiry laboratory on calcium biomineralization in plants, Texas Journal of Microscopy 33(2): 51-54

Maier C. G.-A., 2001, Introducing science students to plant waxes, Texas Journal of Microscopy 32 (2): 45-49 Maier C. G.-A. and Post-Beittenmiller D., 1998, Epicuticular wax on leek in vitro developmental stages and seedlings under varied growth conditions, Plant Science 134: 53-67

Lee S.-J., Chung H.-Y., Maier C. G.-A., Wood A. R., Dixon R. A., and Mabry T. J., 1998, Identification and estrogenic activity of flavonoids from Artemisia vulgaris, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 46(8): 3325-3329

Lee S.-J., Wood A. R, Maier C. G.-A., Dixon R. A. and Mabry T. J., 1998, Prenylated flavonoids from Maclura pomifera, Phytochemistry 49(8): 2573-2577

Hemphill J. K., Maier C. G.-A., and Chapman K. D., 1998, Rapid in vitro regeneration of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), Plant Cell Reports 17: 273-278

Maier C. G.-A., Chapman K. D., and Smith D. W., 1997, Phytoestrogens and floral development in dioecious Maclura pomifera (Raf.) Schneid. and Morus rubra L. (Moraceae), Plant Science 130: 27-40

Smith D. W. and Maier C. G.-A., 1995, Plant Biology Laboratory Manual, Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co., ISBN 0-7872-1279-2.

Courses and Teaching Responsibilities


Botany, Plant Biology, Ecology, Biology, Environmental Biology, Plant Biochemistry and Physiology, Plant Physiology Ecology, Plant Environmental Biology and Plant Ecophysiology

Project List

Undergraduate Courses:

Bot. 2113, Plant Biology; Biol. 4223, Ecology; Biol. 1022, Environmental Biology

Graduate Courses

Spring 2000 – Bioc. 6650, Plant Biochemistry and Physiology, Federation of North Texas Universities, team-taught at UNT

Summer 2000 – Biol. 5903, Plant Environmental Biology (developed the course)

Fall 2001 – Biol. 5903, Plant Physiological Ecology (developed the course)

Spring 2004 – Biol. 6903, Plant Ecophysiology

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