Faculty and Staff

Ross Jilk


Ross Jilk


Chemistry and Biotechnology
Office: 221 Centennial Science Hall
Phone: 715-425-4299



B.S in Biochemistry, The University of Minnesota (1983 - 1987)
Ph.D in Biochemistry, The University of Wisconsin (1987 - 1994) in the lab of Dr. William S. Reznikoff
Post-doctoral, The University of Minnesota (1994 - 1997) in the lab of Dr. M. David Marks

Courses Taught:

  • Biochemistry I
  • Biochemistry II
  • Biochemistry Lab
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Lab Safety
  • General Chemistry Lab
  • Organic Chemistry Lab
  • First Year Adventure
  • Junior Seminar

Research Interests:

My major research interest is in the cellular differentiation and morphogenesis in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. As part of my research, I maintain an active research collaboration with Dr. David Marks at the University of Minnesota.

Professional Activities:

Program Director of the UWRF Biotechnology program


  • Marks MD, Wenger JP, Gilding E, Jilk R, and Dixon, RA. 2009. Transcriptome Analysis of Arabidopsis Wild-Type and gl3-sst sim Trichomes Identifies Four Additional Genes Required for Trichome Development. Molecular Plant. 2: 803-822.
  • Jin-Long Qiu, Ross Jilk, M. David Marks , Daniel B. Szymanski. 2002. The Arabidopsis SPIKE 1 Gene Is Required For Normal Cell Shape Control and Tissue Development. Plant Cell.
  • Szymanski, Daniel B., Jilk, R.A., Pollack, S.M., and M David Marks. 1998. Control of GL2 Expression In Arabidopsis Leaves and Trichomes. Development.125: 1161-1171
  • Jilk, R.A. and W.S. Reznikoff. 1996. The Organization of the Outside End of Transposon Tn5. J. Bact.178:1671-1679
  • Reznikoff, W.S., R.A. Jilk, M.P. Krebs, J.C. Makris, P.L. Nordmann, M. Weinreich, and T. Weigand. 1993. Tn5lacZ Translational Fusion Element: Isolation and Analysis of Transposition Mutants. Meth. Enzymol.217: 312-322
  • Jilk, R.A., J.C. Makris, L. Borchardt, and W.S. Reznikoff. 1993. Implications of Tn5 Associated Adjacent Deletions. J. Bact. 175: 1264-1271


The University of Minnesota - Instructor (1996 - 1997)
Augsburg College - Visiting Professor (1997 - 1998)
Rockhurst University - Assistant Professor (1998 - 2002)
University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Assistant Professor (2002 - present)

Additional Information

  • 2018-2019 Scholar in Wisconsin Teaching Fellows/Scholars program
  • 2016 Sabbatical leave recipient to pursue research collaboration on Pennycress glucosinolates
  • 2008 National Science Foundation - Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Grant recipient