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MPGI Member Directory

There are 99 faculty members which make up the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute. These faculty come from four colleges and nineteen departments. They are split between 78 Full members and 21 Associate members.

Full Members

Frank AlbertAssistant ProfessorGenetics, Cell Biology and
James AndersonProfessorAgronomy and Plant
Jake Bailey Associate ProfessorCSENG Earth
Brett BarneyAssociate ProfessorBioproducts and Biosystems
David BaumlerAssistant ProfessorFood Science and
Jannell BazurtoAssistant ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Ran BlekhmanAssistant ProfessorGenetics, Cell Biology and
Daniel BondProfessorBioTechnology
James Bradeen Professor, Department HeadPlant
Yaniv BrandvainAssistant ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Kathryn BushleyAssistant ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Clay CarterAssociate ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Changbin ChenAssociate ProfessorHorticultural
Jerry CohenProfessorHorticultural
Anath DasProfessorBiochemistry, Molecular Biology and
Gary DunnyProfessorBioTechnology
Mikael EliasAssistant ProfessorBiochemistry, Molecular Biology &
Melania FigueroaAssistant ProfessorPlant
Kathryn FixenAssistant ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Michael FreemanAssistant ProfessorBiochemistry, Molecular Biology &
David GarvinAdjunct ProfessorAgronomy and Plant
Sue GibsonProfessorPlant and Microbial
Jane GlazebrookProfessorPlant and Microbial
Andres GomezAssistant ProfessorAnimal Science 
Jeffrey GralnickProfessorBioTechnology Institute, Plant and Microbial
William (Bill) Gray ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Jessica GutknechtAssistant ProfessorSoil, Water, and
Trinity HamiltonAssistant ProfessorBioTechnology Institute, Plant and Microbial
William HarcombeAssistant ProfessorBioTechnology Institute, Ecology, Evolution and
Adrian HegemanProfessorHorticultural Science, Plant and Microbial
Candice HirschAssociate ProfessorAgronomy and Plant
Cory HirschAssistant ProfessorPlant
Ryan HunterAssistant ProfessorMicrobiology and
Wei-Shou HuProfessorChemical Engineering and Material
Satoshi IshiiAssistant ProfessorBioTechnology Institute, Soil, Water and
Carol IshimaruProfessorPlant
Tim JohnsonAssociate ProfessorVeterinary and Biomedical
Fumiaki KatagiriProfessorPlant and Microbial
Romas KazlauskasProfessorBiochemistry, Molecular Biology and
Peter KennedyAssociate ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Arkady KhodurskyAssociate ProfessorBiochemistry, Molecular Biology and
H. Corby KistlerAdjunct ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Dan KnightsAssistant ProfessorBiotechnology Institute, Computer Science and
Pete LefebvreEmeritus ProfessorPlant & Microbial
Aaron LorenzAssociate ProfessorAgronomy and Plant
David MarksProfessorPlant and Microbial
Molly McCueProfessor, Associate Dean for ResearchVeterinary Population
Suzanne McGaughAssistant ProfessorEcology, Evolution and
Dave MoellerAssociate ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Peter MorrellAssociate ProfessorAgronomy and Plant
Gary Muehlbauer ProfessorAgronomy and Plant
Chad MyersAssociate ProfessorComputer Science and
Min NiProfessorPlant and Microbial
Daniel O'SullivanProfessorFood Science and
Neil OlszewskiProfessorPlant and Microbial
Phil PardeyProfessorApplied
Ronald L. PhillipsRegents ProfessorAgronomy and Plant
Howard RinesAdjunct Professor EmeritusAgronomy and Plant
Michael SadowskyProfessor, Department HeadBioTechnology
Deborah SamacAdjunct ProfessorPlant
Cara SantelliAssistant ProfessorBioTechnology Institute, Earth
Jonathan SchillingProfessorPlant and Microbial
Claudia Schmidt-DannertDistinguished McKnight ProfessorBiochemistry, Molecular Biology and
Janet SchottelProfessorBiochemistry, Molecular Biology and
Laura ShannonAssistant ProfessorHorticultural Science 
Carolyn SilflowProfessorPlant & Microbial
Kevin Silverstein
Scientific Lead, RIS Informatics Analyst
Minnesota Supercomputing
Michael SmanskiAssistant ProfessorBiochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Alan G. Smith ProfessorHorticultural
Kevin P. Smith ProfessorAgronomy and Plant
Emilie Snell-RoodAssociate ProfessorEvolution, Ecology, and
Nathan Springer ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Robert StuparAssociate ProfessorAgronomy and Plant
Peter TiffinProfessor, Department HeadPlant and Microbial
Dan VoytasProfessorGenetics, Cell Biology and
Lawrence WackettProfessorBiochemistry, Molecular Biology and
John Ward ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Ya YangAssistant ProfessorPlant and Microbial
Nevin YoungProfessorPlant
Feng ZhangAssistant ProfessorPlant and Microbial


Associate Members

Allan, DeborahProfessorSoil, Water and
Brooker, RobertProfessorGenetics, Cell Biology and
Carson, MartinAdjunct ProfessorPlant
Denison, FordAdjunct ProfessorEcology, Evolution and
Fahrenkrug, ScottProfessorAnimal
Foster, DouglasProfessorAnimal
Jones, RobertSenior Vice PresidentSystem Academic
Jordan, NicholasProfessorAgronomy and Plant
Kaznessis, YiannisProfessorChemical Engineering
Lanyon, ScottVice Provost, Dean of Grauduate EducationEcology, Evolution and
Lorenz, AaronAssistant ProfessorAgronomy & Plant
Milius, RobertAnalystMasonic Cancer
Ragsdale, DavidProfessor Emeritus, Dept. HeadEntomology, Texas A&M
Sanders, MarkProgram DirectorUniversity Imaging
Tilman, DavidProfessorEcology, Evolution and
Valentas, KennethAdjunct ProfessorBiotechnology
Wyse, DonaldProfessorAgronomy and Plant


Prospective Member Profiles

MPGI Publications Library

 Links below open a .pdf of all yearly member publications.