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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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Kathleen Greenham, Assistant Professor , 612-624-5145

Research in my lab examines how internal timekeeping leads to coordination of plant responses to environmental stressors. Can we identify temporal patterns of gene expression that optimize this coordination to maximize growth?

Trinity Hamilton, Associate Professor , 612-625-6372

Our lab studies the functions and interactions of microorganisms in natural and engineered systems and how microbial communities respond and adapt to environmental change.

Fumiaki Katagiri, Professor , (612) 624-5195

Research in my group is directed towards understanding (1) how plants recognize pathogen attack and (2) how this recognition leads to induction of coordinated responses in plants.

Peter Kennedy, Professor , 612-624-8519

My research interests include fungal ecology, plant-microbe interactions and symbioses.

David Marks, Professor , 612-625-6737

My research focuses on the domestication of a new oilseed cover crop that can be potentially grown during the winter between corn harvest and soybean establishment on over sixty million acres across the Midwest. 

Georgiana May, Professor , 612-624-6737 Fax: 612-624-6777

My lab investigates the genetic and molecular basis of plants' evolutionary interactions with other organisms, especially fungi.

David Moeller, Associate Professor , 612-624-1037

Research in my lab examines the processes that promote and limit adaptive evolution at the phenotypic and molecular level.

Min Ni, Professor , 612-625-3702

My lab is currently focused on two separate research areas: light-regulated de-etiolation and stomatal opening responses and Arabidopsis seed developmentOur lab is currently focused on two separate research areas: light-regulated de-etiolation and

Thomas Niehaus, Assistant Professor , (612) 301-2655

In order to form a deeper understanding of metabolism and provide a framework for its manipulation, our lab seeks to identify glitches in metabolism and discover metabolic support systems that mitigate those complications.

Neil E. Olszewski, Professor , 612-625-3129

My research interests include elucidating the role of posttranslational modification of nuclear and cytosolic proteins with O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) in plant growth and development.