​Plant and Microbial Biosciences Faculty

   
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  • Wayne M. Barnes, PhD - Possible cure for MS: intravenous access by myelin-binding aptamer; PCR at one temp; RT-enabled Taq pol.
  • Rebecca Bart, PhD - Combining genetics with molecular and computational biology to learn about the mechanisms used by hosts and pathogens to recognize and respond to one another and the environment
  • Ivan Baxter, PhD - We use High-thoughput elemental profiling to understand how plants adapt to their soil environment
  • Stephen M. Beverley, PhD - Molecular genetics of protozoan parasites - virulence and their viruses
  • Joshua Blodgett, PhD - Interdisciplinary questions surrounding bacterial small molecule production
  • Arpita Bose, PhD - Microbial metabolisms and their influence on biogeochemical cycling
  • Alex Bradley, PhD - Examination of modern and ancient biogeochemical cycles; the coevolution of life and the Earth.
  • Michael G. Caparon, Jr, PhD - Genetics and virulence of the pathogenetic streptococci
  • James C. Carrington, PhD - Focus on the biogenesis, functions, and evolutionof small RNA-directed silencing pathways in multicellular eukaryotes
  • Ram Dixit, PhD - Molecular mechanisms of cytoskeleton organization and function
  • Tamara L. Doering, MD, PhD - Biology and pathogenesis of the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans
  • Susan K. Dutcher, PhD
  • Christine E. Edwards, PhD - Using genetic approaches to understand the evolutionary and ecological causes and consequences of rarity in endangered plant species
  • Mario F. Feldman, PhD - Pathogenesis of multidrug resistant bacteria and biogenesis of bacterial vesicles in the human gut
  • David A. Fike, PhD - Microbial biogeochemistry and metabolic stable isotopic (C/N/S) fractionation
  • James Fleckenstein, MD - Molecular investigation of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC)
  • Guy M. Genin, PhD - Interfaces and adhesions in physiology and nature
  • Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD - Role of the human gut microbiome in health and disease, notably childhood undernutrition and obesity
  • Elizabeth S. Haswell, PhD - Mechanobiology with a focus on mechanosensitive ion channels
  • Alex Holehouse, PhD - Understand how function is encoded into disordered sequences using a combination of computational and experimental approaches
  • Feng Sheng Hu, PhD - Understanding patterns and mechanisms of long-term ecosystem dynamics under changing climatic conditions
  • Scott J. Hultgren, PhD - Interdisciplinary approach combining genetics, genomics, biochemistry, structural biology, high-resolution imaging, animal models, clinical studies and combinatorial chemistry to determine key aspects of bacterial pathogenesis and apply our knowledge to development of new therapeutics.
  • Joseph Jez, PhD - Exploring regulatory networks in metabolism - structural biology and biochemistry of plants and microbes
  • Elizabeth A. Kellogg, PhD - Identifying deep similarities among plants as apparently disparate as rice, wheat, maize, and the other cereals
  • Robert G. Kranz, PhD - Gene regulation and biogenesis of extracellular components in bacteria
  • Barbara N. Kunkel, PhD - Molecular genetic analysis of disease development in Pseudomonas syringae-Arabidopsis interactions
  • Toni M. Kutchan, PhD - Plant natural product biosynthesis and metabolic engineering of medicinal plants
  • Sebla B. Kutluay, PhD - Human immunodeficiency virus-host interactions
  • Michele LeRoux, PhD - We study the molecular arms race between bacteria and phage
  • Petra Anne Levin, PhD - Bacterial growth and antibiotic susceptibility
  • Fangqiong Ling, PhD - A computational and experimental lab studying bacterial colonization and transmission at the boundary of built and natural environments and exploring microbiomes as environmental sensors and public health sentinels
  • Elizabeth Mallott, PhD - How the environment shapes host-associated microbial communities both within and across species
  • Blake C. Meyers, PhD - The function, biogenesis & evolution of small RNAs in plants
  • Tae Seok Moon, PhD - Building the Future with Synthetic Biology
  • Dmitri A. Nusinow, PhD - Circadian clock regulation of physiology and development in plants.
  • Kenneth M. Olsen, PhD - Plant evolutionary biology, molecular population genetics, genetics of adaptation, phylogeography
  • B. Duygu Özpolat, PhD - Mechanisms of reproductive cell regeneration and development
  • Himadri B. Pakrasi, PhD - Systems and Synthetic Biology of photosynthetic organisms
  • Sona Pandey, PhD - To understand how plants perceive and respond to abiotic stress
  • Rohit V. Pappu, PhD - Biophysics of intrinsically disordered proteins
  • Rachel M. Penczykowski, PhD - The ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, with a focus on wild populations of herbaceous plant hosts and their powdery mildew pathogens.
  • Tim R Peterson, PhD - genomics, metabolomics, and the quantified self in aging and mental health
  • David Queller, PhD - The evolution of sociality, cooperation, and cheating in a eukaryotic microbe, using experimental evolution, genomics, and other approaches
  • Courtney Reichhardt, PhD - Investigating the fundamental biophysical principles of biofilm assembly
  • Barbara A. Schaal, PhD - Evolutionary genetics and systematics of plants
  • R. Keith Slotkin, PhD - Investigating how plant cells determine which fragments of DNA should be expressed (like genes), and which should be targeted for repression and not allowed to express
  • Christina L. Stallings, PhD - Molecular pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Joan E. Strassmann, PhD - We work on social interactions and mutualism using a microbial system so we can study cheating, conflict and cooperation at experimental and genomic levels, within and between species, in particular in social amoebae and their farmed bacteria
  • Yinjie Tang, PhD - Metabolism analysis and metabolic engineering of environmental microorganisms for biofuel/chemical production
  • Christopher N. Topp, PhD - Understanding the genetic basis of root growth and environmental plasticity using phenomics
  • James Umen, PhD - Cell growth, size control and evolution of sex in Volvocine algae
  • Richard D. Vierstra, PhD - Defining how ubiquitin and other post-translational modifiers contribute to cellular regulation and turnover and how the phytochrome photoreceptor system controls plant and microbial development.
  • Joseph P. Vogel, PhD - Intracellular replication of Legionella pneumophila within macrophages
  • David Wang, PhD - Discovery and Characterization of Novel Viruses
  • Timothy A. Wencewicz, PhD - Antibiotic drug discovery
  • Hani Zaher, PhD - Mechanism of translational fidelity and its impact on cellular fitness and codon evolution
  • Fuzhong Zhang, PhD - Synthetic biology for advanced biofuels, biomaterials, and chemicals.
  • Ru Zhang, PhD - Understand how photosynthesis and photosynthetic cells respond to high temperatures and what factors limit heat acclimation by using both green algae and land plants as models
  • Weixiong Zhang, PhD - Computational approaches to elucidating transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation underlying complex human diseases and plant stress tolerance
  • Xuehua Zhong, PhD - Epigenetic regulation of plant traits and environmental adaptation
   
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