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Interdepartmental Genetics

Faculty

Eduard Akhunov

Eduard Akhunov

Plant Pathology, Professor
Ph.D. 1999, Institute of Genetics, Russia.
Wheat genomics and genetics, plant population genetics and molecular evolution of grass genomes, evolution of polyploid plants, genomics of adaptation to environmental stressors.

Alina Akhunova

Alina Akhunova

Plant Pathology, Research Professor
Ph.D. 1998, St. Petersburg State University, Russia.
Genomics.
 
Guihua Bai

Guihua Bai

Agronomy, Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. 1995, Purdue University.

Wheat molecular mapping, molecular marker-assisted breeding, and gene expression profiling using microarrays with an emphasis on wheat resistance to Fusarium head blight, leaf rust, and aluminum toxicity.

Nora Bello

Nora Bello

Statistics, Professor
Ph.D. 2010, Michigan State University.
Statistical genetics and genomics. Development and application of statistical models to problems in agriculture and biology. Generalized linear mixed models. Hierarchical Bayesian models. Heterogeneity of variances and covariances. Multivariate linear models.
 
Jennifer Bormann

Jennifer Bormann

Animal Sciences & Industry, Professor
Ph.D. 2004, Iowa State University.
Applied genetics of livestock; genetic relationships between economically important traits; genetics of efficiency, reproduction, and health in beef cattle; integration of genomics into selection programs.

Susan J Brown

Susan J. Brown

Biology, Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. 1984, University of Missouri.
Developmental genetics of model insects, especially the flour beetle Tribolium.
Research Lab

Ming-Shun Chen

Ming-Shun Chen

USDA-ARS & Entomology, Adjunct Faculty
Ph.D. 1991, Kansas State University.
Molecular genetics of insect parasites of plants. Functions of secreted proteins from salivary glands of the Hessian fly parasite of wheat.
Research Lab

Rollie Clem

Rollie J. Clem

Biology, Professor
Ph.D. 1994, University of Georgia.
Mechanisms by which apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is regulated at the molecular level. The function of apoptosis in antiviral defense and the methods by which viruses are able to manipulate apoptosis in their host cells for their own benefit.

David Cook

David E. Cook

Plant Pathology, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2013, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Molecular plant-fungal interactions; epigenetics and genome evolution in plant pathogens; CRISPR-Cas development in plants and microbes.

Timothy Durrett

Timothy Durrett

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2006, University of Missouri.
Biochemical mechanisms controlling oil accumulation in developing seeds. Understanding the relationship between structure and function for membrane bound acytltransferases. Developing oil seed crops useful for different industrial and biofuel applications.

John Fellers

John P. Fellers

USDA-ARS & Plant Pathology, Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. 1996, University of Kentucky.
Mapping and isolation of wheat genes in wheat for resistance to Karnal bunt, leaf rust, stem rust, scab, Septoria, Hessian fly, and viruses. We are using a genomics approach to identify new markers and expressed sequence tags for these genes.

Carolyn Ferguson

Carolyn Ferguson

Biology, Professor
Ph.D. 1998, University of Texas, Austin.
Plant systematics: particularly phylogenetics and polyploidy in the genus Phlox.
Research Lab

Gregory Finnigan

Gregory Finnigan

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2011, University of Oregon.
Genetics and molecular biology of the septin cytoskeleton and CRISPR/Cas gene drive biotechnology.
Research Lab

Bernd Friebe

Bernd R. Friebe

Plant Pathology, Research Professor
Ph.D. 1977, Free University of Berlin.
Cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, and evolution of wheat; management of wheat genetic resources, germplasm, and genetic stocks.
Research Lab 

Allan Fritz

Allan K. Fritz

Agronomy, Professor
Ph.D. 1994, Kansas State University.
Wheat breeding and genetics with an emphasis on understanding biotic and abiotic factors that impact wheat production in Kansas.

Erika Geisbrecht

Erika Geisbrecht

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Professor
Ph.D. 2003, Johns Hopkins University.
Biochemistry and molecular genetics in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. Mechanisms of embryonic myogenesis. Formation and maintenance of muscle attachments. Identification and characterization of genes that result in myopathies. Cell signaling in development.
Revathi Govind

Revathi Govind

Biology, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2006, Texas Tech University HSC.
Bacterial genetics, bacterial pathogenesis, molecular pathogenic microbiology, anaerobic bacterial pathogens.

Michael Kanost

Michael R. Kanost

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. 1983, Purdue University.
Biochemistry of insect immune responses; Serine proteinases and proteinase inhibitors in insect hemolymph. Insect hemolymph proteins that recognize polysaccharides on the surface of pathogens. Cell adhesion in encapsulation of parasites by insect hemocytes. Biochemistry of insect cuticle sclerotization.

Sonny Lee

Sonny T M Lee

Biology, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2016, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Host-microbe interaction - using 'omics' (metagenomics and metatranscriptomics) to understand host-microbe dynamics under environmental stress. Bioinformatics, microbial ecology; microbial diversity and cultivation.
John Leslie

John F. Leslie

Plant Pathology, Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. 1979, University of Wisconsin.
Fungal molecular genetics. Population biology of Fusarium species and other plant pathogenic fungi.

Sanzhen Liu

Sanzhen Liu

Plant Pathology, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2010, Iowa State University.
Genome assembly, comparative genomics, identification of genetic variants conferring plant disease resistance and understanding interactions between pathogens and plants.

Berlin Londono

Berlin Londoño

Entomology, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2009, Tulane University
Role of immunity against arthropod salivary proteins on disease severity and transmission. Use of human antibodies elicited against Aedes, Culex and Anopheles salivary proteins as epidemiological tools for the surveillance of arthropod-vector contact as well as a measure of risk for mosquito-borne disease transmission.

Jocelyn McDonald

Jocelyn McDonald

Biology, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1998, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Genetic control of cell migration in development and cancer, primarily using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster.  We use live imaging, genetics, developmental biology and cell biological approaches to uncover mechanisms that control cell migration.
Research Lab

Beth Montelone

Beth A. Montelone

Biology, Professor
Ph.D. 1982, University of Rochester.
Currently NOT taking students.
DNA metabolism in yeast. Use of the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae (bakers' yeast) to investigate mechanisms of spontaneous genetic changes in cells and their relationship to DNA repair systems.
Research Lab

Brad Olson

Brad Olson

Biology, Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2008, Michigan State University. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 
Molecular and ecological basis of major evolutionary state transitions. Molecular and ecological basis of multicellular evolution unknown.
Research Lab

Sunghun Park

Sunghun Park

Horticulture & Natural Resources, Professor
Ph.D. 1995, Texas A&M University.
Role of calcium in fruit and vegetable cell physiology, enhancement of production and nutritional quality of horticultural crops.

Yoonseong Park

Yoonseong Park

Entomology, Professor
Ph.D. 1998, University of Arizona.
Neurobiology - behavior - evolution of insect signaling peptides and their receptors. Risk assessment of the SIT (sterile insect program) transgenic conditional lethal gene.

Jesse Poland

Jesse Poland

Plant Pathology, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2010, Cornell University.
Wheat genetics and germplasm improvement; marker technologies, association genetics and genomic selection for use in breeding. Resistance to the major nemeses of wheat; stem rust, stripe rust and leaf rust.
Research Lab
 
Megan Rolf

Megan Rolf

Animal Science & Industry, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2012
Genetics and Livestock Genomics

William Schapaugh

William T. Schapaugh

Agronomy, Professor
Ph.D. 1979, Purdue University.
Soybean breeding and genetics.

Kathrin Schrick

Kathrin Schrick

Biology, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1994, University of Washington.
Molecular mechanisms underlying growth and development of flowering plants.
Stephanie Shames

Stephanie Shames

Biology, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2012, University of British Columbia.
High-throughput genetic screening approaches to investigate host-pathogen interactions. Genetic basis for host-pathogen interactions. 
Research Lab

Kris Silver

Kristopher Silver

Entomology, Research Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2005, Cornell University
Identifying and characterizing molecular mechanisms of RNA interference and systemic RNAi as well as molecular mechanisms of toxicity of insecticides and insecticide resistance. Use of functional genomics to identify novel mechanisms of toxicity. Role of extracellular vesicles in intercellular communication.

Tesfaye Tesso

Tesfaye Tesso

Agronomy, Professor
Ph.D. 2002, Kansas State University.

Sorghum breeding and genetics.

Richard Todd

Richard Todd

Plant Pathology, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1998, University of Melbourne.
Fungal genetics and genomics. Molecular mechanisms of gene regulation and gene function, especially in the genetic model eukaryote Aspergillus nidulans.

Peter Tomlinson

Peter Tomlinson

Agronomy, Associate Professor
Ph.D 2011, University of Arkansas
Soil health, Soil ecology, Functional genomics, Soil biology, Microbial diversity, Soil.

Chris Toomajian

Chris Toomajian

Plant Pathology, Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2002, University of Chicago.
Population and evolutionary genetics and genomics of plants and plant pathogens.
Research
 
Harold Trick

Harold N. Trick

Plant Pathology, Professor
Ph.D. 1995. Florida State University.
Plant tissue culture, transformation and molecular biology of wheat, soybean and corn.

Barabara Valent

Barbara Valent

Plant Pathology, Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. 1978, University of Colorado.
Molecular plant-fungal interactions. Genome variability and evolution of blast diseases of cereal crops. Emerging threats to food security.

Govindsamy Vediyappan

Govindsamy Vediyappan

Biology, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 1994, University of Madras, India.
Pathogenic microbiology, bacterial genetics & mycology.

Stephen Welch

Stephen Welch

Agronomy, Professor
Ph.D. 1977, Michigan State University.
Theoretical plant modeling focusing on genotype-to-phenotype relationships in key plant traits. The specific approach utilized merges mathematical elements drawn from ecophysiological, gene network, and quantitative genetic models. Current modeling effors require high performance computing and 3D graphics.

Anna Zinovyeva

Anna Zinovyeva

Biology, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2007, Indiana University.
Genetic control of C. elegans development and microRNA function. Molecular mechanisms of gene expression regulation by microRNAs.