Molecular Plant Sciences Former Research Faculty
Lipid and membrane biochemistry; pathways and regulation of lipid synthesis and membrane formation in higher plants; chilling and freezing tolerance in plants.
Studying the molecular interactions between nematodes and their host plants and molecular plant defense responses
John K. Fellman
Phytochemistry, chemistry and biochemistry of fruits and their products; postharvest plant physiology.
Molecular biology of plant disease resistance; plant gene regulation by elicitors from fungi and bacteria.
Nitrogen fixation; interactions between plant and bacterial metabolism to support symbiotic nitrogen fixation.
Physiological and biochemical changes associated with aging; development of oxidative stress and associated effects on intermediary metabolism; mechanisms of membrane deterioration and protein catabolism during aging.
Molecular plant-insect interactions, effector biology and evolution, plant defense signaling networks and tradeoffs with growth
Host molecular responses to beneficial and pathogenic soil microbes; molecular diagnoses of and host resistance to soilborne pathogens.
Biology, epidemiology and control of diseases affecting small fruit (berries) in the Pacific Northwest.
Fundamental electron transfer reactions relevant to energy and agriculture
Research is a balance between applied and basic sciences with a focus on targeted improvement of cereals using tools of structural and functional genomics