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
  • Chemistry of Life
  • Chemistry of the Environment
  • General Chemistry Lab

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:

Chem DemonsChem Demons:

I am currently serving as a faculty adviser for the Chemistry Club’s Chem Demons. This group meets on a regular basis to learn various chemistry demonstrations and several times a year puts on shows for the campus or River Falls community.


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)