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H. Corby Kistler


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Education and background

  • Ph.D. Cornell University 1983 
  • B.S. Kent State University 1975 
  • AAAS Fellow, 2015
  • American Phytopathological Society Fellow, 2004 

Research statement

There are well over one million species of filamentous fungi but only a tiny fraction of those cause plant disease. What makes pathogenic fungi different from those that do not cause disease or those that are beneficial to plants? Research in my lab uses molecular biology, cytogenetics, and genomic approaches to discover the mechanisms by which fungi cause disease. Most of our effort focuses on the fungus Fusarium graminearum, the head blight pathogen of wheat and barley, and Fusarium oxysporum which causes wilt diseases on a variety of crops. 

Recent/relevant publications 

  • Lofgren, L.A., LeBlanc, N.R., Certano, A.K., Nachtigall, J., LaBine, K.M., Riddle, J., Broz, K., Dong, Y., Bethan, B., Kafer, C.W., Kistler, H.C. 2018. Fusarium graminearum: Pathogen or endophyte of North American grasses? New Phytologist 217: 1203–1212 doi: 10.1111/nph.14894. 
  • Boenisch, M.J., Broz, K.L., Purvine, S.O., Chrisler, W.B., Nicora, C.D., Connolly, L.R., Freitag, M., Baker, S.E., Kistler, H.C. 2017. Structural reorganization of the fungal endoplasmic reticulum upon induction of mycotoxin biosynthesis. Scientific Reports doi: 10.1038/srep44296 
  • van Dam, P., Fokkens, L., Schmidt, S.M., Linmans, J.H.J., Kistler, H.C., Ma, L.-J., Rep, M. 2016. Effector profiles distinguish formae speciales of Fusarium oxysporum. Environmental Microbiology 18, 4087-4102. 
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1551 Lindig Street
(Lab) Room 101 (Office) Room 3
St. Paul, MN 55108