Education Ph.D. Biochemistry, State University of New York M.S. Biochemistry, State University of New York B.S. Biology, University of Albany-SUNY
Research Goals My primary research interests are identify and elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the genetic and biological bases of virus resistance and tolerance in maize. Current approaches include projects to: 1) identify and characterize emerging and re-emerging insect transmitted diseases of maize; 2) characterize resistance to multiple viruses in maize inbred lines; 3) develop genetic and genomic information on insect vectors of maize and soybean viruses; and, 4) understand virus factors required for disease, transmission, and interactions with crops, and to develop new virus-based research tools for studying genefunction in cereals. I'm also involved with research projects to characterize genetic factors associated with quality traits in soft wheat.
Education B.S. Brigham Young University Ph.D. University of California-Davis
Research Interests My work focuses on identification, management, and molecular biology of maize viruses. Current objectives include identifying viruses present in field crops, understanding transmission and virus gene function for waikaviruses, and improving virus-induced gene silencing vectors for maize.
Education B.S. University of New Hampshire M.S. Ohio State University
Research Interests I am the agronomist in the Corn Virus unit and am responsible for developing germplasm and genetic stocks for use in experiments to understand the genetic and biochemical mechanisms of virus resistance in maize.
Jane Todd Biological Science Lab Technician (Microbiology)
Education B.S. Entomology, University of Illinois M.S. Entomology, Ohio State University
Research Interests Vector biology: interactions between plant viruses and their vectors Insect feeding behavior (EPG) Host plant resistance to soybean pests