Dr. Robert Carey
Director of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Associate Professor of Biology

Academic Areas of Expertise:

  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Plant Science

Courses Taught at LVC



Plant Physiology

Research Topics:

I study the evolution of gene families in plants. My particular focus is on the evolution of plant cell wall proteins and the effects these proteins have on plant growth and development.

Professional Leadership & Major Awards

Positions and Awards

  • 2017 Thomas Rhys Vickroy Distinguished Teaching Award, Lebanon Valley College

Scholarly Work and Publications


*student coauthor

Seader, V.H.*, Jennifer M. Thornsberry* and Robert E. Carey. 2016" Utility of the Amborella trichopoda expansin superfamily in elucidating the history of angiosperm expansins" Journal of Plant Research, 129:2

Carey, R.E., Nathan K. Hepler*, and Daniel J. Cosgrove. 2013 “Selaginella moellendorffii has a reduced and highly conserved expansin superfamily with genes more closely related to angiosperms than to bryophytes.” BMC Plant Biology, 13:4

Carey, R.E. and Daniel J. Cosgrove. 2007 “Portrait of the expansin superfamily in Physcomitrella patens:  Comparisons with angiosperm expansins” Annals of Botany (London) 99(6):  1131-1141.

Sampedro, J., Robert E. Carey, and Daniel J. Cosgrove. 2006. “Genome histories clarify evolution of the expansin superfamily: new Insights from the poplar genome and pine ESTs”. Journal of Plant Research 119:11-21

Sampedro, J., Yi Lee, Robert E. Carey, Claude dePamphilis, Daniel J. Cosgrove. 2005. “Use of Genomic History to Improve Phylogeny and Understanding of Births and Deaths in a Gene Family”. The Plant Journal 44:409-419

Contact Info

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Neidig-Garber 304

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