University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Careers - Academic Positions

Tim Devarenne, Assistant Professor, Dept. Biochemistry and Biophysics

photo of Tim Devarenne“My advisor, Joe Chappell, was a major influence on my scientific development. Joe's passion for science and approach to research have given me a strong foundation with which to run my own research program.”


  • 1991, BS Biology, Michigan Technological University
  • 1993, MS Plant Physiology, Michigan Technological University
  • 2000, Ph.D. Plant Molecular Biology/Biochemistry/Physiology, University of Kentucky 
  • 2001-2006, Postdoctoral Assoc., Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Sci.


Tim Devarenne is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University. Tim's research relates to protein kinase signal transduction pathways that control programmed cell death in plants. These pathways and genes are also analyzed for their role in controlling programmed cell death during plant pathogen interactions. As model systems he uses tomato and its bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae.

Preparation at UK

“My studies in the Plant Physiology Program prepared me for my future studies as a postoctoral researcher and an Assistant Professor. The classes were challenging and fostered a problem solving based way of approaching scientific questions.”


To learn more about Tim's career, click on his Website.