Host-Parasite Interactions and Genomics

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Research in the department on Host-Parasite Interactions and Genomics integrates pathogen genomics, computational biology and phylogeny, combined target-specific and genome-scale functional analyses to provide an unprecedented view of how organisms have evolved to be pathogens of plants and how they adapt to environmental selection. An important component of this research is an understanding of the response of host-plants to infection at the genome level and elucidating the cellular and subcellular processes in host-parasite interactions.

  • Dr. Oliver Baars – Analysis and biological chemistry of exudates in plant-microbe interactions. Nutrient controls on plant microbiome activity.
  • Dr. Peter Balint-Kurti – Mapping and functional analysis of quantitative loci conferring resistance to fungal pathogens in maize
  • Dr. David McK. Bird – Functional and structural genomics of plant-nematode interactions; plant and nematode proteomics
  • Dr. Ignazio Carbone –  Fungal evolutionary genomics, population genetics; phylogeography
  • Dr. Christina Cowger – Population and molecular genetics of fungal diseases of cereals
  • Dr. Marc Cubeta – Genetics, ecology, and population biology of soil fungi
  • Dr. Margaret E. Daub – Fungal cell and molecular biology, Cercospora diseases, pathogen toxins, active oxygen, plant cell culture and transformation
  • Dr. Eric L. Davis – Functional genomics & molecular mechanisms of parasitism by nematodes
  • Dr. Ralph A. Dean – Fungal and host genomics; Director, Center for Integrated Fungal Research
  • Dr. Steven A. Lommel – Virus movement and systemic plant infection: RNA-RNA virus regulation
  • Dr. David S. Marshall – breeding for disease resistance; population structure of small grains
  • Dr. Charles H. Opperman – Genomics of nematodes, plants, and microbial antagonists of nematodes
  • Dr. Lina Quesada – Diseases of cucurbit crops and sweetpotato to deliver novel and improved disease management strategies to growers in North Carolina and advance our knowledge in the field of vegetable pathology.
  • Dr. Jean Beagle Ristaino – Population genomics of Phytophthora infestans and molecular evolution.
  • Dr. David F. Ritchie – Molecular and population genetics of phytobacteria
  • Dr. H. David Shew – Population structure of soilborne pathogens and mechanisms of infection
  • Dr. R. Gregory Upchurch – Membrane transport and fatty acid metabolism in fungal pathogenesis