Terence M. Murphy

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Plant Biology

Offices and Labs

2049 Wickson


1968 PhD Cell Biology University of California, San Diego
1964 BS Biology California Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Enzymes of DNA repair. Identification of plants in forensic situations.


Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, 1999
Division of Biological Sciences Teaching Award, 2002-2003

Department and Center Affiliations

Department of Plant Biology


American Society of Plant Biologists
American Society for Photobiology
Scandinavian Society for Plant Physiology
American Association for the Advancement of Science

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

Plant Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genomics
  • Environmental and Integrative Biology

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Forensic Science

Teaching Interests

Introductory biology. Plant physiology. Plant molecular biology. Critical analysis of effective techniques in college teaching.


BIS 010 General Biology
PLB 111 Plant Physiology
BIS 105 Biomolecules and Metabolism


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  • Shu J., Schellhorn, H.E., Murphy, T.M. 2006. Stationary phase-induction of G --> T mutations in Escherichia coli. Mutation Research 596:106-112.
  • Rost, T.R., M.G. Barbour, C.R. Stocking and T.M. Murphy. 2006. Plant Biology, Second Edition. Thomson Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA, 603 pp.
  • Dunbar, M., Murphy, T.M. 2009. DNA analysis of natural fiber rope. Journal of Forensic Sciences 54:108-113.
  • Murphy TM, Belmonte M, Shu S, Britt AB, Hatteroth J 2009 Requirement for Abasic Endonuclease Gene Homologues in Arabidopsis Seed Development. PLoS ONE 4(1): e4297 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004297
  • Murphy TM, Guo Y-Y. 2010 Antimutagenic specificities of two plant glycosylases, oxoguanine glycosylase and formamidopyrimidine glycosylase, assayed in vitro. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 392:335-339
  • Murphy TM, Ben-Yehuda N, Taylor RE, Southon JR. 2011. Hemp in Ancient Rope and Fabric from the Christmas Cave in Israel: Talmudic Background and DNA Sequence Identification. Journal of Archaeological Science http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2011.05.004
  • Murphy TM, Bola G. 2012. DNA identification of Salvia divinorum samples. Forensie Science International—Genetics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fsigen.2012.04.004