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Beth Ahner

Biological and Environmental Engineering
Biofuel production from plants and algae, lipid biosynthesis in algae. learn more

Esther Angert

Microbiology
My laboratory studies intestinal symbionts. One group of bacteria of particular interest is the Epulopiscium family. Some of these intestinal symbionts of tropical surgeonfish are among the largest known bacteria, with individuals reaching lengths of 0.6 mm. These cells also reproduce in an unusual manner. learn more

Antje Baeumner

Biological and Environmental Engineering
Development of biosensors and bioanalytical microsystems and micro total analysis systems for the detection of pathogenic organisms in food, the environment and for clinical diagnostics. Pathogens we focus on include C. parvum, E. coli, Dengue virus, HIV. learn more

Joel Baines

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Herpes Simplex Virus, Replication, DNA packaging learn more

Carl Batt

Food Science
Application of nanobiotechnology to exploring problems in biology. Development of potential therapeutic agents to combat cancer. Nanobiotechnology, microbiology, cancer therapeutics. Food science, microbiology, biomedical engineering. learn more

Kathryn Boor

Food Science
Microbiological quality and safety of dairy products; adaptation of bacterial cells to environmental stresses; physiology and genetic characteristics of pathogenic bacteria. learn more

Dwight Bowman

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Parasitology, most aspects. Interested in the practical application of modern methods to disease prevention, diagnosis, and unraveling the mysteries of zoology. learn more

Samantha Brooks

Animal Science
Genetics, gene expression, horses. learn more

Dan Buckley

Crop and Soil Sciences
Microbial Ecology, Microbial Evolution, Microbial Genomics, Soil Microbiology, Biogeochemistry learn more

Sam Cartinhour

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
We study gene expression in Pseudomonas syringae, a bacterial plant pathogen. We are interested in how the invading microbe detects the plant, responds to plant defenses and overcomes them, and harvests plant resources. learn more

Yung-Fu Chang

Vet Diagnostic Lab
Molecular basis of bacterial pathogenesis; vaccine development; functional genomics. learn more

Alan Collmer

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Biotechnology; microbial genetics; phytobacteriology learn more

Angela Douglas

Entomology / Molecular Biology and Genetics
Interactions between animals and gut microbes, especially in insects. Intracellular symbioses in insects. Insect nutrition. learn more

Anthony Hay

Microbiology
There are three main foci in my lab. We study the ability of microorganisms to degrade pharmaceuticals and personal care products. We use molecular ecology tools to study microbes in a variety of habitats as diverse as sand dunes and drinking water biofilms. We also study the impact that a defective prophage remnant has on the ability of E. learn more

John Helmann

Microbiology
Our laboratory studies Bacillus subtilis, a Gram-positive soil bacterium and genetic model system. We are interested in the global patterns of transcriptional control and the mechanisms of the corresponding regulatory proteins and pathways. learn more

Sondra Lazarowitz

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Cell and molecular biology of virus-host interactions: Viral determinants of pathogenicity and host range; mechanism of virus cell-to-cell and systemic movement; regulation of nuclear export. learn more

Eugene Madsen

Microbiology
Biodegradation of environmental pollutants; biogeochemistry of field sites' molecular approaches to characterizing naturally occurring microbial communities; microbial ecology. learn more

Gregory Martin

Boyce Thompson Institute / Plant Pathology & Plant
Mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and plant immunity. Evolution of pathogen virulence genes and plant disease resistance genes. Application of knowledge to plant breeding (molecular breeding and genetic engineering). learn more

Eric Nelson

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
My research focuses on the ecological interactions that influence plant health, plant community dynamics, and plant invasions. We try to understand what makes invasive species invasive. learn more

Teresa Pawlowska

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
We study biology and evolution of fungi and their bacterial endosymbionts, with a particular emphasis on modifications of partners' reproductive mode related to their symbiotic lifestyle. learn more

Keith Perry

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Plant viruses, how they are transmitted by insect vectors, the molecular genetics and protein structure of the viral determinants of vector transmission; Plant virus disease diagnostic technologies, array-based methods for virus detection and discovery; We operate a potato seed production program for NY growers. learn more

Joseph Peters

Microbiology
DNA replication, recombination, transposition, and repair learn more

Jeffrey Roberts

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Regulation of gene expression: transcription mechanisms, control of DNA repair functions. learn more

Marci Scidmore

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular Mechanisms of Chlamydia pathogenesis with an emphasis on vacuolar biology, vesicular trafficking of the chlamydial vacuole, and host-pathogen interactions. learn more

James Shapleigh

Microbiology
Microbial physiology; electron transport; structure and function of electron transport proteins. learn more

Janice Thies

Crop and Soil Sciences
Impact of soil and plant management practices on soil microbial diversity, abundance and activity, Development and testing of biopesticides and biofertilizers, Molecular approaches to bacterial source tracking and their potential use in monitoring total maximum daily load learn more

Volker Vogt

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Retrovirus structure and assembly learn more

Gary Whittaker

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Pathogenesis of influenza viruses, coronaviruses and arenaviruses. Host range and receptors, zoonotic infections, activation of membrane fusion, macrophage- and neuro-tropism, anti-viral therapeutics, diagnostic tests, virus-bacteria co-infections learn more

Martin Wiedmann

Food Science
Molecular pathogenesis, epidemiology, and evolution of bacterial and foodborne bacterial infectious diseases such as Listeria monocytogenes and Streptococcus agalactiae learn more

Stephen Zinder

Microbiology
Our laboratory has focused on metabolic transformations of biogeochemical or environmental significance carried out by anaerobic microorganisms. Over the years these have included nitrogen fixation, methanogenesis, and reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated organic pollutants. learn more