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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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Jonathan Schilling, Professor , 612-624-4279

I study microbial decomposers, most often the fungi and their biology/biochemistry. 

Carolyn Silflow, Professor , Phone: 612-624-0729

I study genes involved in replication, segregation, and localization of basal bodies in Chlamydomonas.

Nathan M. Springer, McKnight Presidential Endowed Professor , Office: 612-624-6241 Lab: 612-624-6163

Members of the Springer lab work on projects designed to understand the sources of variation in crop plants and to create frameworks for crop improvement.

Peter Tiffin, Professor , 612-624-7406

Research in my lab is focused on understanding how biological interactions and environmental change affect plant evolution.

John M. Ward, Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education , 612-625-4763

In my lab, we are interested in the function of transporters, pumps, and channels in plants.

George Weiblen, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Science Director & Herbarium Curator, Bell Museum , 612-624-3461

The Weiblen lab studies plant and insect systematics, molecular phylogenetics, population genetics, ecology and coevolution.

Sue Wick, Professor

My research focuses on how team-based learning affects student success, as well as effective use of active learning spaces.

Ya Yang, Assistant Professor, Curator - University of Minnesota Herbarium , (612) 625-6292

The Yang Lab studies plant systematics and evolution.

Nevin Young, Distinguished McKnight Professor , (Office) 612-625-2225 (Lab) 612-625-2221

I use genomics to understand the genetic organization of legumes, the plant family that includes crops like soybean, pea, and alfalfa.

Feng Zhang, Assistant Professor , 612-624-6417

The primary goal of my research program is to improve plant productivity and quality through highly efficient genome editing and synthetic biology approaches.