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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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Jannell Bazurto, Assistant Professor , (612)-624-5068

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

Yaniv Brandvain, Assistant Professor , 612-624-4375

Kathryn Bushley, Assistant Professor , 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 , 612-301-7158

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

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

Kathryn Fixen, Assistant Professor , 612-625-1998

How do bacteria control electron flow inside the cell and how can we tap into this reducing power for biotechnological purposes?

Sue Gibson, Professor , 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 , 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.

Jeffrey Gralnick, Professor , Office: 612-626-6496 Lab: 612-624-3891

Our research strives to integrate both classical and modern molecular approaches to understand how bacteria influence our planet and how they can be engineered for applications in bioremediation, bioenergy and biocatalysis.