The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Phytobiomes

Faculty in the Plant Biology graduate program with research interests in Phytobiomes

Carolee Bull
Professor of Plant Pathology and Bacterial Systematics
Head, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Interim Director for the Microbiome Center

Bacterial systematics, epidemiology, and population biology of bacterial plant pathogens and biological control agents to develop alternatives to synthetic chemicals for plant disease management

John Carlson
Professor of Molecular Genetics, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
Director, Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics

Genome mapping, including genetic linkage mapping, molecular cytogenetics; studies of genetic diversity in forests.

Gary Felton
Professor and Head, Department of Entomology

Plant-herbivore interactions. Adaptive responses of herbivores to plant defenses. Herbivore cues recognized by plants with specific focus on biochemical and molecular analysis of salivary secretions.

Seogchan Kang
Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Genetic and cellular mechanisms underpinning plant-fungal interactions with Arabidopsis thaliana and Fusarium oxysporum as a model system. Molecular genetics and comparative genomics of fungal plant pathogens. Bioinformatics.

Siela Maximova
Senior Scientist and Professor, Department of Plant Science

Molecular basis of plant-pathogen and plant-endophyte interactions. Biotechnology of tree crops. Development of sustainable energy crops.

Cristina Rosa
Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Plant Virology, interaction of plant viruses with their insects as vectors and with their plant hosts. Virus evolution, exploration of plant viromes, viral co-infections, effect of climate change on viral resistant breaking strains. Use of nanotechnologies for virus detection and virus disease management.