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Research Faculty

The following faculty members are available to act as major professors for graduate students:

Mark L. Farman




Michael Goodin

facultyPhytopathogenic fungi; fungal genetics; the fungal genome: structure and evolution; molecular evolution of host specificity; molecular genetics of oomycetes. farman@uky.edu

Virology: cell biology and biochemistry of plant negative-strand RNA viruses with emphasis on interactions, nuclear import and export of viral proteins. Genomics: changes in host gene expression in response to viral infection. Plant biotechnology: development of transient expression vectors for plants based upon Agrobacterium tumefaciens and viruses. mgoodin@uky.edu
Donald E. Hershman Extension Faculty, Research and Education Center, Princeton, KY. Disease management of small grain and soybean diseases common to Kentucky. dhershma@uky.edu
Aardra Kachroo

Host defense signaling; Dissecting defense-signaling pathways in Arabidopsis and soybean plants using mutant analysis and virus-induced gene silencing to examine gene functions involved in resistance signaling to viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens; examining the interconnection between normal metabolic pathways and defense signaling in host; deciphering the various regulatory roles of fatty acids and glycerol in plants. apkach2@uky.edu

Pradeep Kachroo Host-Pathogen Interactions: Molecular basis of signaling mechanisms underlying a resistance response; Salicylic Acid and Jasmonic acid signaling in plants; Cross talk between various defense signaling pathways; Fatty acid signaling and its role in defense response. pk62@uky.edu
Peter D. Nagy Virology; molecular biology and biochemistry of plant viruses. Mechanism of virus replication; Mechanism of recombination; Virus evolution; RNA-protein interaction. pdnagy2@uky.edu

Christopher L. Schardl

Department Chair. Symbiotic fungi, particularly grass endophytes; functional genomics of plant-fungus interactions; fungal genetics and metabolism; pharmaceuticals and neurotoxins produced by fungi; biological plant protection; evolution of mutualism and parasitism; molecular systematics of fungi; novel methods in phylogenetics and phylogenomics. schardl@uky.edu
Kenneth W. Seebold Extension Faculty. Management of plant disease in tobacco, vegetable, and greenhouse systems. kseeb2@uky.edu
Lisa J. Vaillancourt Director of Graduate Studies. Fungal genetics; molecular regulation of fungal development and of fungus-plant disease interactions; Colletotrichum pathogenicity and population biology; anthracnose leaf blight and stalk rot in corn; development of infection structures in the corn anthracnose fungus, Colletotrichum graminicola; genetic regulation of sexual reproduction in fungi. vaillan@uky.edu
Paul Vincelli Extension Faculty. Management of diseases of turf, forages, and corn. Disease epidemiology. Molecular diagnostics. pvincell@uky.edu
Nicole Ward Gauthier Extension Faculty. Disease management of fruit crops, forest trees, landscape plants, nursery and greenhouse crops, urban horticultural plants. Nicole.ward@uky.edu

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