Faculty

Cornelius Barry
Cornelius Barry
Horticulturehome icon
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Biochemical evolution of specialized metabolism within the solanaceae family; genetic determinants of fruit quality and ripening.

Randolph Beaudry
Randolph Beaudry
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Postharvest biology and technology; controlled atmosphere storage of pome fruit, modified atmosphere packaging; sugarbeet storage, ripening biology and aroma volatile biochemistry.

Christoph Benning
Christoph Benning
Plant Research Laboratory; Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Biosynthesis of lipids in photosynthetic membranes, lipid trafficking phenomena involving chloroplasts, engineering of crops and algae for biodiesel production.

Gregory Bonito
Gregory Bonito
Plant, Soil and Microbial Scienceshome icon
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Mycology, plant-fungal interactions, truffle ecology, evolution of bacterial endosymbiosis in fungi.

Federica Brandizzi
Federica Brandizzi
Plant Research Laboratory; Plant Biologyhome icon
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Biology of secretion in plant cells, endomembranes and live cell imaging.

Robin Buell
Robin Buell
Plant Resilience Institute; Plant Biologyhome icon
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High throughput sequencing, functional genomics, comparative genomics, and bioinformatics.

Martin Chilvers
Martin Chilvers
Plant, Soil and Microbial Scienceshome icon
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Plant diseases caused by fungi and oomycetes; epidemiology and genetics of host-pathogen interactions; diseases of field crops.

Yuehua Cui
Yuehua Cui
Statistics and Probabilityhome icon
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Statistical genetics, Bioinformatics, Longitudinal data analysis.

Brad Day
Brad Day
Plant Resilience Institute; Plant, Soil and Microbial Scienceshome icon
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Molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions.

Dean DellaPenna
Dean DellaPenna
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Biochemical genomics, quantitative genetics and genome wide association mapping of dietary micronutrients in plants. Genomics of medicinal plant metabolism. Synthesis and function of lipid soluble antioxidants in plants.

Shi-You Ding
Shi-You Ding
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Plant cell wall biology and applications, real-time label-free imaging using microspectroscopy, single cell omics.

Daniel Ducat
Daniel Ducat
Plant Research Laboratory; Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Synthetic biology in cyanobacteria; photosynthetic metabolism and production of 'green' fuels and commodity products; mixed cyanobacteria-heterotroph microbial consortia.

Eva Farre
Eva Farre
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Molecular mechanisms of the plant circadian clock; role of circadian rhythms in plant physiology.

Michael Garavito
Michael Garavito
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Structure and function of membrane proteins; biosynthesis of glycolipids and glycosyltransferase function; protein crystallography.

Erich Grotewold
Erich Grotewold
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Combinatorial control of flavonoid biosynthesis by R2R3-MYB and bHLH factors; Elucidation of the gene regulatory grids in maize and other grasses; Control of Arabidopsis cell cycle by unusual R2R3-MYB factors; Biosynthesis, trafficking, and sequestration of anthocyanins; Biosynthesis, health-promoting activities and metabolic engineering of flavones.

Rebecca Grumet
Rebecca Grumet
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Floral and fruit development in Cucumis; disease resistance; cucurbit genomics; biotechnology biosafety.

Bjoern Hamberger
Bjoern Hamberger
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Discovery of plant pathways for bioactive diterpenoids in medicinal plant species.

Kyung-Hwan Han
Kyung-Hwan Han
Horticulturehome icon
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Molecular biology of secondary growth; secondary wall biosynthesis; feedstock development for bioenergy and biomaterials; drought tolerance.

Sheng Yang He
Sheng Yang He
Plant Research Laboratory; HHMI-GBMF Investigator; Plant Resilience Institutehome icon
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Molecular genetics of plant-pathogens/microbiota interactions.

Eric Hegg
Eric Hegg
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Metalloenzymology; biosynthesis, transport, and regulation of heme and other metal cofactors; mechanism of microbial H2 and N2O production; bioenergy; conversion of biomass to transportation fuels.

Susanne Hoffmann-Benning
Susanne Hoffmann-Benning
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Plant biochemistry; phloem-mediated mechanisms of plant growth and development; identification of factors which regulate plant growth through changes in cell wall and cuticle biosynthesis.

Courtney Hollender
Courtney Hollender
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Molecular genetics of fruit tree development & physiology; plant architecture; flower development & bud dormancy.

Gregg Howe
Gregg Howe
Plant Research Laboratory; Plant Resilience Institute; Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Molecular basis of plant-insect interactions; regulation of plant growth and defense.

Polly Hsu
Polly Hsu
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Using experimental and computational approaches to study genome-wide mRNA translation and identify novel peptides; plant responses under diurnal cycles and environmental stress; circadian rhythms.

Jianping Hu
Jianping Hu
Plant Research Laboratory; Plant Biologyhome icon
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Molecular mechanisms of peroxisomal function and regulation in plants.

Jiming Jiang
Jiming Jiang
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Plant gene expression and regulation induced by environmental stresses, including heat, cold, and drought; Epigenetic mechanisms associated with plant centromere function; Genetics, genomics, and epigenomics of potato and other crop species.

Ning Jiang
Ning Jiang
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Function of transposable elements; mechanisms of genome diversification; computational and molecular biology.

Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Biological mass spectrometry and metabolomics of plant stress; plant defense and signaling chemistry involved in plant-insect and plant-pathogen interactions.

Cheryl Kerfeld
Cheryl Kerfeld
Plant Research Laboratory; Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Structural and functional characterization of bacterial microcompartments and of proteins involved in photoprotection in photosynthetic organisms.

David Kramer
David Kramer
Plant Research Laboratory; Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Energetics and control of photosynthesis; electron and proton transfer reactions; reactive oxygen generation; understanding the molecular and physiological processes involved in conversion of light energy by plants into forms usable for life; understanding how plants evolved to support life in extreme environments.

Robert Last
Robert Last
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Plant genetics, metabolic regulation, amino acid and vitamin biosynthesis, secondary metabolism, functional genomics.

David Lowry
David Lowry
Plant Resilience Institute; Plant Biologyhome icon
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Plant Speciation; population and quantitative genetics; landscape evoluationary genomics.

Carolyn Malmstrom
Carolyn Malmstrom
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Plant and landscape ecology; plant virus ecology; disturbance ecology; remote sensing; global change; sustainability; restoration.

Beronda Montgomery
Beronda Montgomery
Plant Research Laboratory; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Microbiology & Molecular Geneticshome icon
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Molecular basis of organ-specific phytochrome responses in higher plants; light-regulated development in cyanobacteria.

Chad Niederhuth
Chad Niederhuth
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Function and evolution of plant genomes and epigenomes using both experimental and computational approaches.

Katherine Osteryoung
Katherine Osteryoung
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Structural organization and dynamics of the chloroplast division machinery; molecular mechanisms controlling chloroplast division and expansion in plant cells.

Barry Pittendrigh
Barry Pittendrigh
Entomologyhome icon
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Plant/insect interactions; pesticide resistance; pest control strategies for cowpea in Africa.

Monique Sakalidis
Monique Sakalidis
Plant, Soil and Microbial Scienceshome icon
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Tree diseases (detection, identification, pathogenicity and population analysis) and improving tree health (phytobiome approach).

Danny Schnell
Danny Schnell
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Molecular basis of chloroplast biogenesis; optimizing photosynthetic carbon capture for crop improvement.

Yair Shachar-Hill
Yair Shachar-Hill
Plant Biologyhome icon
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The arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, non-photosynthetic one-carbon metabolism, metabolic engineering, plant NMR spectroscopy.

Thomas Sharkey
Thomas Sharkey
Plant Research Laboratory; Plant Resilience Institute; Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Biochemistry and biophysics of processes important in gas exchange between plants and the atmosphere.

Shin-Han Shiu
Shin-Han Shiu
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Genome evolution, stress biology, bioinformatics, systems and predictive biology.

George Sundin
George Sundin
Plant, Soil and Microbial Scienceshome icon
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Plant bacteriology; host pathogen interactions; fruit tree disease management; bacterial plasmid biology; microbial evolution.

Hideki Takahashi
Hideki Takahashi
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Molecular mechanisms of nitrogen and sulfur utilization in plants; nutrient sensing, transport and metabolism.

Michael Thomashow
Michael Thomashow
Plant Resilience Institute; Plant Research Laboratory; Plant, Soil and Microbial Scienceshome icon
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Molecular genetics of plant freezing and drought tolerance; regulation of gene expression in response to environmental stress.

Frances Trail
Frances Trail
Plant Biology; Plant, Soil and Microbial Scienceshome icon
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Development in filamentous fungi and host-pathogen interactions using genetics, genomics and physiological approaches.

Robert VanBuren
Robert VanBuren
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Comparative genomics; molecular genetics of desiccation tolerance; engineering CAM photosynthesis; crop domestication.

Steven van Nocker
Steven van Nocker
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Developmental genetics, epigenetics, chromatin structure; regulation of gene activity during development including flowering.

Berkley Walker
Berkley Walker
Plant Research Laboratory; Plant Biologyhome icon
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Mechanisms and models of photosynthesis; fluxes of metabolites during primary metabolism.

Jonathan Walton
Jonathan Walton
Plant Research Laboratory; Plant Biologyhome icon
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Biosynthesis of cyclic peptide toxins of Amanita and other mushrooms; cellulases and cell-wall active enzymes for biomass conversion.

Dechun Wang
Dechun Wang
Plant, Soil and Microbial Scienceshome icon
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Soybean genetics and genomics to improve plant performance, host plant resistance and seed chemical composition.

Ryan Warner
Ryan Warner
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Genetics of plant development; genomics-assisted breeding; marker-assisted selection; floriculture crops.

Curtis Wilkerson
Curtis Wilkerson
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Plant cell wall biochemistry; biosynthesis and regulation of polysaccharides and lignin; genetic engineering of lignin for improved biomass.