Amy Klocko, Ph.D.

Amy Klocko, Ph.D.

Amy Klocko, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
UCCS Biology Department
OCSE B317; laboratory OSCE B302


  • 2011-2012 Postdoctoral Associate, Fowler lab, Botany and Plant Pathology Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
  • 2010-2011 Postdoctoral Associate, Dolja and Fowler labs, Botany and Plant Pathology Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
  • 2009-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Nielsen lab, Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 2009 Ph.D., Plant Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2003 B.S., Biology, chemistry minor, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon

Professional Experience

  • Instructor, Biology Department, UCCS, CO, 2017-2018
  • Research Associate, Strauss lab, Forest Ecosystems & Society Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 2012-2017
  • Adjunct Instructor, Biology Department, Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, Oregon, 2012-2013
  • Visiting Scientist, Institute of Experimental Botany, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1060 Modern Biology lab
  • BIOL 1300 General Biology I
  • BIOL 1310 General Biology I lab
  • BIOL 3230 Plant Physiology
  • BIOL 3830 Genetics
  • BIOL 4830 Explorations in Genetics
  • BIOL 9499 Research and Creative Works


  1. .Klocko A.L., Goddard A, Jacobson J.R.+, Magnuson A, Strauss SH. 2021. “RNAi Suppression of LEAFY Gives Stable Floral Sterility, and Reduced Growth Rate and Leaf Size, in Field-Grown Poplars” Plants 10(8):1594. Journal impact factor: 3.94 +undergraduate student mentored by A.L. Klocko
  2. Goralogia, G.S., Howe, G., Klocko, A.L., Heliwell, E., Nagle, M., Ma., C and Strauss, S.H. 2021 “Overexpression of SHORT VEGETATIVE PHASE-LIKE (SVL) in Populus delays onset and reduces abundance of flowering in field-grown trees” Horticulture Research 8:167 Journal impact factor: 6.07
  3. .Elorriaga, E.*, Klocko, A.L., Ma, C., du Plessis, M., Xinmin, A., Myburg, A., and Strauss, S.H. (2021) “Genetic containment in vegetatively propagated forest trees: CRISPR disruption of LEAFY function in Eucalyptus gives sterile indeterminate inflorescences and normal juvenile development” Plant Biotechnology Journal 19:1743-1755. Journal impact factor: 5.68 *PhD student mentored by A.L. Klocko
  4.  Klocko, A.L. “Containment strategies of genetically engineered plants” (2020) CAB Review, ISSBN 1749-8848
  5. Klocko A.L., Brunner, A.M., Ma, C., Etherington, E., Rosenstiel, K., Magnuson, A., Taylor, B.J., Cappellazzi, J., Lockwood, T., Covarrubias, N., Bao, M., Morrell, J.J., and Strauss, S.H. (2020) “RNAi of AGAMOUS genes in sweetgum alters reproductive organ identity and decreases fruit persistence” Plant Direct. 4:e00225 Journal impact factor: 1.725
  6. Lu, H.*, Klocko, A.L., Brunner, A.M., Ma, C., Magnuson, A. C., and Strauss, S.H. (2019). “RNAi suppression of AGAMOUS and SEEDSTICK alters floral organ identity and impairs floral organ determinacy, ovule differentiation, and seed-hair development in Populus” New Phytologist 222:923–937 Journal impact factor: 6.74 *PhD student mentored by A.L. Klocko