Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Plant Science, Research Associate Professor, Entomology, Professor, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP
Unravel the phylodynamics and transmission-specific determinants of emerging plant virus/fastidious bacteria-insect vector complexes, and translate new knowledge to abate pathogen spread in food systems.
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Gastrointestinal Microbiology, Assistant Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Environmental Science, Professor, Plant Sciences
Martha Hawes is well known for her work on root border cells. Her entire career has focused on changing this perception and now border cells are described in numerous botany textbooks. Dr. Hawes has been very creative in designing experiments to understand the basic biology of this unique cell type especially in light of how border cells fight plant disease. Considering that the root tip serves as one of the major sources of root exudates that can attract microbial pathogens, the fact that this exceptionally vulnerable region of the root is protected from infection by the border cells is a real paradigm shift, especially via the mechanism.
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, Associate Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Assistant Professor, Immunobiology, Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute
Metals such as calcium and iron are essential to living organisms. Some metals in excess, like copper, are detrimental to bacteria. My laboratory studies this phenomenon in Streptococcus pneumoniae to find novels method for killing pathogenic bacteria.
Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Director, Microbial Pathogenesis Program, Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Biochemistry/Molecular Biophysics, Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Professor, Immunobiology, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
How do bacteria "talk" to the body? How does the body reply to the microbe? How does this conversation affect your health and well being?
Assistant Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering, Assistant Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Ecosystem Genomics, Assistant Professor, Genetics - GIDP
We study the biodiversity, biogeography, evolutionary origins, and ecological roles of plant-associated microorganisms. We use a combination of traditional culture-based microbiology, functional assays, and next-generation 'omics tools to study microbial symbiont communities in diverse lineages of land plants at scales ranging from local to global. We are interested in characterizing the biotic and abiotic factors shaping the assembly of plant-associated fungal communities, how community structure and diversity impacts ecosystem function, and the evolutionary dynamics of fungal symbiont evolution in the context of closely related pathogens and saprotrophs.
Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Ninety children die every hour due to diarrhea. My laboratory uses the latest technology to understand how bacteria cause diarrhea in children. In addition to providing clues for new ways to prevent disease, our research helps us understand how the body maintains good health.
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP, Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Director, Willed Body Program