Recognizing the benefits that society could reap from research in fungal biology, Texas A&M University is committed to supporting the Program for the Biology of Filamentous Fungi (PBOFF). This program includes researchers from the Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology and the Department of Biology at Texas A&M. Scientists with common interests in understanding the biology of fungi make up the faculty of this program. With expertise in genetics, molecular biology, developmental biology, population genetics, mycotoxicology, soil microbiology, microbial ecology, plant pathology, and biochemistry, genomics and bioinformatics these researchers foster interdisciplinary research, provide graduate training, and sponsor seminars and symposia in fungal biology. The diverse biological disciplines are brought together by a common interest in using molecular biological approaches to exploit and understand fungi.
The PBOFF faculty meets monthly to discuss research and host a Symposium each spring. The primary role of the program is to provide a unique environment for graduate training in fungal biology. For further information about research opportunities please see the faculty web pages at the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and Department of Biology.
Plant Pathology Faculty
Aramayo, Rodolfo – meiotic silencing in Neurospora crassa.
Bell-Pedersen, Deb – Molecular genetics and genomics of circadian clocks and signaling pathways in fungi.
Lin, Xiaorong – Molecular genetics and genomics of morphogenesis and pathogenesis in human fungal pathogens
Sachs, Matt – Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression focused primarily on post-transcriptional control; functional analyses of fungi at the genome level
Thomas, Terry – plant molecular biology; developmental and environmental control of plant gene expression; functional genomics of diverse species
Versaw, Wayne – plant and fungal molecular biology; phosphate transport and metabolism