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Christopher L. Schardl

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

Lisa J. Vaillancourt

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

Mark L. Farman

Mark L. Farman
Phytopathogenic fungi; Fungal genetics; The fungal genome: structure and evolution; Molecular evolution of host specificity; Molecular genetics of oomycetes. farman@uky.edu

Michael Goodin

Michael Goodin
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

Donald E. Hershman
Educational programs and applied research on small grain and soybean diseases common to Kentucky. dhershma@uky.edu

Aardra Kachroo

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

Pradeep Kachroo
Host-pathogen interaction: 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

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

Paul Vincelli

Paul Vincelli
Forages, turf, and forest trees. Field investigations into epidemiology and management of plant diseases caused by fungi; pesticide-free cultural practices and host plant resistance; diseases of forage legumes caused by Sclerotinia trifoliorum; Foliar diseases of amenity turf grasses, especially those used for golf courses. pvincell@uky.edu

Nicole Ward Gauthier

Nicole Ward Gauthier
Fruit crop diseases, forest diseases, landscape plant diseases, nursery and greenhouse crop diseases, urban horticulture plant diseases. Nicole.ward@uky.edu

 

Adjunct Faculty

Kenneth W. Seebold

Kenneth W. Seebold
Fungicide product development, Valent U.S.A. Corporation.  kseeb@valent.com

 

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