My research involves how development and pathogenesis share the common features of responding to environmental conditions to execute a program of gene expression resulting in new cell types.
The long-term goal of my research program is to identify defense-related significance of maize oxylipin biosynthetic and signal transduction pathways by using functional genomics approaches. Currently, the focus is on the identification of function of individual lipoxygenase and oxo-phytodienoic acid reductases in resistance to mycotoxins, aflatoxins and fumonisins, produced by Aspergillus flavus and Fusarium verticillioides respectively.
Clint W. Magill
Differential responses of susceptible and resistant cultivars of sorghum and cotton to invasion by fungal pathogens continue to be a focus of research in my laboratory.
My research interest is to understand the genetic, molecular and biochemical mechanisms of the dynamic host-microbe interactions using Arabidopsis-Pseudomonas as a model plant-pathogen system. My ultimate goal is to understand how the host-microbe interactions shape the evolution of microbial pathogenicity and plant immunity in both model and economically important plants.
Brian D. Shaw
My Interests include the study of the developmental biology of fungi. Currently I am working with a group of Aspergillus nidulans mutants that are aberrant in spore germination and polarized growth.
Dr. Shim’s research program at Texas A&M University is focused on studying the biology of fungal pathogens of corn and sorghum, particularly that of Fusarium verticillioides, Fusarium graminearum and Cercospora zeae-maydis.
Dr. Verchot’s research program is focused on the study of potyvirus and potexvirus infection in potato and Arabidopsis, particularly looking at the role of ER stress in suppressing infection. A second program focuses on understanding the virus-host interactions involving rose rosette virus infection in roses and Arabidopsis.
We aim to use integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to address important issues in bioenergy and plant biology. We are employing the latest systems and computational biology platforms to carry out four aspects of research that work together to address the key challenges in second and third generation biofuels, as well as crop growth and safety.