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Anton Sanderfoot

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Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Plant cell biology, protein secretion, genetic screens, molecular biology, microscopy

Please contact me if you have any interest in undergraduate or graduate (MS) research!

Also contact me with any questions about use of the Microscopes in the Howard Imaging Center on campus.

Brief biography

My lab studies the process of protein secretion in plant cells. The secretory pathway is essential for cellular life in all eukaryotes. In plants, the pathway is required for cell growth and division, defense from pathogens and construction of an extracellular matrix/cell wall.

Our research uses the unicellular plant Chlamydomonas as a model system to identify factors essential for secretion using a genetic screen, followed by cell and molecular biology approaches to investigate the precise role of those factors in the secretory pathway.

Current courses at UWL

Bio105 (General Biology)

Bio203 (Organismal Biology)

Bio315 (Cell Biology Labs)

Bio337 (Plant Physiology)

Bio440/540 (Bioinformatics)

Bio491 (Capstone)


BS (1990) Biotechnology at Mankato State University
PhD (1996) Microbiology at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
Research Associate MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab (1996-2002)
Assistant Professor University of Minnesota- Twin Cities (2002-2009)
Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin- La Crosse (2009-2015)
Associate Professor University of Wisconsin- La Crosse (2015-)


Teaching history

Bio105 (Introductory Biology Lectures)
Bio203 (Organismal Biology Lectures)
Bio315 (Cell Biology Lecture and Labs)
Bio333 (Radiation Biology Labs)
Bio337 (Plant Physiology)
Bio440/540 (Bioinformatics)

Bio449/549 (Advanced Microscopy and Bioimaging)
Bio491 (Capstone)
Bio700 (Bio/Micro Graduate Program Orientation)

Guest Lectures in:
Bio202 (Biological Data Analysis) - Digital Imaging
Bio442/542 (Plant Microbe Interactions) - Plant Virology



Scott Cooper, Jennifer Klein, Todd Osmundson, Anton Sanderfoot, Jaclyn Wisinski and Alder Yu, all Biology, co-authored the article "Instructional Innovations in College-Level Molecular Bioscience Labs during the Pandemic-Induced Shift to Online Learning" in Education Sciences published on Wednesday, March 23 by MDPI. Educ. Sci. 2022, 12(4), 230;

Submitted on: Mar. 23, 2022