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Plant and Microbial Biology

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology conducts research that intersects with many critical areas within the biological sciences from genomics to evolution to biodiversity.


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David D. Biesboer, Professor, Director - Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories

biesboer@umn.edu , 612-625-1799

My laboratory focuses on the study of nitrogen cycling in wetlands; ecoystem studies; ecophysiology and anatomy of higher plants; and vegetation management.

dbond@umn.edu

My research interests include physiology and functional genomics of dissimilatory Fe(III)-reducing bacteria and microbial fuel cells.

Yaniv Brandvain, Assistant Professor

ybrandva@umn.edu , 612-624-4375

I use genomic data to understand the history of divergence, adaptation, introgression and biogeography in emerging model systems

Kathryn Bushley, Assistant Professor

kbushley@umn.edu , 612-625-8213

Research in my lab focuses on how fungal metabolism shapes the interaction of fungi with plants and other organisms.

Clay Carter, Associate Professor

cjcarter@umn.edu , 612-301-7158

I have several broad research interests, including plant-microbe and plant-animal interactions, as well as protein trafficking in plant cells.

costak@caltech.edu

Our lab studies microbial metabolism with a specific focus on anaerobic processes.

Sue Gibson, Professor

gibso043@umn.edu , 612-624-7408

My research interests include molecular genetics; isolation and characterization of plant mutants defective in the ability to respond to soluble sugar levels; regulation of source-sink interactions, manipulation of indole alkaloid metabolism to in

Jane Glazebrook, Professor

jglazebr@umn.edu , 612-624-5194

My lab uses a genetic approach to understanding plant defenses against pathogen attack. Plant mutants with defects in disease resistance are isolated and characterized, revealing the mechanisms underlying effective defense.

Jeff Gralnick, Associate Professor

gralnick@umn.edu , 612-626-6496 - office 612-624-3891 - lab

My lab is interested in understanding the physiology of Shewanella, a species of gram-negative bacteria found throughout the world in aquatic environments.

William M. Gray, Professor

grayx051@umn.edu , 612-624-3042

My lab is using genetic, molecular, and biochemical approaches with Arabidopsis to investigate how SCFTIR1 activity is regulated.