Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
Sections
Home / People / Find someone in / Plant Biology

Find someone in

People who work in Plant Biology

Faculty

  • Charles Anderson

    • Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-863-4736 Email address cta3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Research interests:  In vivo imaging of plant cell wall dynamics - Molecular genetic analysis of genes involved in cell growth - Cell wall biosynthesis in dividing cells - Cell wall engineering for sustainable bioenergy production.

  • Sarah Assmann

    • Waller Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-863-9579 Email address sma3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular biology of plant G-proteins and kinases. Phytohormone regulation of signal transduction and RNA processing. Second messenger regulation of ion channels in plant cells.

  • Michael Axtell

    • Associate Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-867-0241 Email address mja18@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Discovery and characterization of plant microRNAs and siRNAs. Functions of microRNAs and siRNAs in the evolution of plant development. Genomics and bioinformatics of microRNAs, siRNAs, and their targets.

  • Robert Berghage

    • Associate Professor of Horticulture

    Phone number 814-863-2190 Email address rdb4@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Environmental plant physiology. Controlled and modified environments for plant growth. Eco-roofs, rooftop greening, and other uses of plants in distributed stormwater management systems.

  • Philip Bevilacqua

    • Professor of Chemistry
    • Co-Director, Center for RNA Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-3812 Email address pcb@chem.psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Roles of RNA-binding proteins in plant physiology. Plant ribonomics. Identification and characterization of functional RNAs in plants.

  • Kathleen Brown

    • Professor of Plant Stress Biology

    Phone number 814-863-2260 Email address kbe@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Ethylene biology. Regulation of root development. Root responses to edaphic stress. Identification and mapping of traits for adaptation to edaphic stress.

  • Nicole Brown

    • Associate Professor of Wood Chemistry

    Phone number 814-865-7423 Email address nrb10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Adhesives; wood composites; cellulosic materials, bacterial cellulose, polymer science; chemistry of wood biopolymers; and other chemical treatments of wood.

  • Donald Bryant

    • Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology
    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-1992 Email address dab14@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Photosynthesis, structure-function relationships of proteins, gene regulation, and microbial physiology. Cyanobacteria and green sulfur bacteria. Genomics of photosynthetic bacteria.

  • John Carlson

    • Professor of Molecular Genetics, School of Forest Resources

    Phone number 814-863-9164 Email address jec16@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular genetics, genomics and biotechnology of woody plants related to development, environmental stress, carbon sequestration and genome organization.

  • Jeffrey Catchmark

    • Associate Professor of Ag and Bio Engineering

    Phone number 814-863-0414 Email address jmc102@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Cellulose synthesis and organization, cellulosic composites and coatings, microbial cellulose production, and chemically powered microfluidic and biological devices and sensors.

  • Surinder Chopra

    • Professor of Maize Genetics, Department of Plant Science

    Phone number 814-865-1159 Email address sic3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of flavonoid biosynthesis during plant development and plant-pathogen interaction. Epigenetic regulation and allele specific patterns.

  • Daniel Cosgrove

    • Eberly Chair and Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-863-3892 Email address dcosgrove@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanism of plant growth. Function and evolution of expansins. Biochemistry and rheology of plant cell walls. Growth responses to light, hormones, and water stress and other stimuli.

  • Wayne Curtis

    • Professor of Chemical Engineering

    Phone number 814-863-4805 Email address wrc2@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation and signal transduction in plant secondary metabolism. Phytoremediation of hydrocarbons. Commercial chemical production in plants and plant tissue culture.

  • Richard Cyr

    • Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-6416 Email address rjc8@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Plant cell and developmental biology. Biochemical, genetic, molecular genetic and cell biology of the cytoskeleton. Mitosis, with emphasis on spindle assembly.

  • Consuelo De Moraes

    • Professor of Entomology

    Phone number 814-863-2867 Email address czd10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Ecology. Chemical ecology. Tritrophic interactions. Chemical Communication. Plant signaling. Plant-insect-interactions. Plant-Plant interactions. Plant defenses.

  • Claude dePamphilis

    • Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-863-6412 Email address cwd3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Genomics, bioinformatics, and molecular evolution. Origin and diversification of flowers & developmental pathways. Comparative genomics of plants, organelles, & plant gene families. Genomics and evolution of parasitic plants.

  • David Eissenstat

    • Professor of Woody Plant Physiology
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

    Phone number 814-863-3371 Email address dme9@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Plant physiological ecology. Root biology and physiology. Plant carbon and nutrient economies.

  • Majid Foolad

    • Professor of Plant Genetics, Department of Horticulture

    Phone number 814-865-5408 Email address mrf5@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Genetic characterization of resistance/tolerance to biotic/abiotic stresses, and genes/QTLs contributing to tomato fruit quality. Investigation of genes/QTLs for directed crop improvement and germplasm enhancement. Tomato cultivar development & release.

  • John Golbeck

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
    • Professor of Chemistry

    Phone number 814-865-1163 Email address jhg5@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Light reactions in photosynthesis. Structure and function of photosystem I and the heliobacterial reaction center. Regulation and bioassembly of iron-sulfur clusters in cyanobacteria and plants. Plant and bacterial metalloproteins. Generation using Photosystem I, hydrogenase, and molecular wire technology

  • Ying Gu

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-867-3827 Email address yug13@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanism of cellulose biosynthesis in higher plants. Genetic modification of plant cell wall to scale-up biofuel production.

  • Mark Guiltinan

    • Professor of Plant Molecular Biology, Department of Horticulture

    Phone number 814-863-7957 Email address mjg9@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Plant molecular and developmental biology. Starch biosynthesis. Tropical plant biotechnology. Plant-pathogen interactions. Biofuel feedstock production.

  • David R. Huff

    • Professor of Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

    Phone number 814-863-9805 Email address drh15@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Population genetics. Plant evolution and ecology. Crop improvement. Physiological tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress.

  • Seogchan Kang

    • Professor of Plant Pathology

    Phone number 814-863-3846 Email address sxk55@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Genetic and cellular mechanisms underpinning plant-fungal interactions with Arabidopsis thaliana and Fusarium oxysporum as a model system. Molecular genetics and comparative genomics of fungal plant pathogens. Bioinformatics.

  • Teh-hui Kao

    • Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Plant Biology

    Phone number 814-863-1042 Email address txk3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular and biochemical bases of the S-RNase-based self-incompatibility system in flowering plants; molecular and biochemical characterization of cellulose biosynthesis in bacteria and plants.

  • Dawn Luthe

    • Professor of Plant Stress Biology, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

    Phone number 814-863-3542 Email address dsl14@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Insect defense responses in maize. Functional genomics/proteomic approaches for studying Aspergillus flavus resistance in maize. Abiotic stress resistance.

  • Jonathan Lynch

    • Professor of Plant Nutrition

    Phone number 814-863-2256 Email address jpl4@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Plant adaptation to nutrient and water stress. Global change. World hunger. Root biology.

  • Siela Maximova

    • Senior Research Associate and Associate Professor of Horticulture

    Phone number 814-863-7286 Email address snm104@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular basis of plant - pathogen and plant-endophyte interactions;Biotechnology of tree crops; Development of Sustainable Energy Crops.

  • Timothy McNellis

    • Associate Professor of Plant Pathology

    Phone number 814-863-7646 Email address mcnellis@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Genetics, molecular biology and physiology of plant interactions with phytopathogenic bacteria. Signal transduction events involved in plant disease resistance. Genetic control of plant hypersensitive cell death.

  • Mark Mescher

    • Associate Professor of Entomology

    Phone number 814-865-4208 Email address mcmescher@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Ecology and evolution of interactions among plants and insects. Chemical ecology. Disease ecology. Plant signaling.

  • Gabriele Monshausen

    • Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-867-3339 Email address gbm10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Plant cell signaling. Hormonal and mechanical signal transduction in plant growth regulation. Live cell imaging of subcellular microdomains of ionic signaling.

  • Chris Mullin

    • Professor of Entomology

    Phone number 814-865-2435 Email address camullin@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Toxicology of insect-plant interactions. Honey bee ecotoxicology. Mechanisms of insect taste chemoreception. Biopesticide action and resistance. Phytochemical ecology.

  • B. Tracy Nixon

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-3679 Email address btn1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Structural and functional basis of two component signal transduction. Structural basis for how AAA+ ATPases perform mechanical work to activate transcription by remodeling the sigma54-form of bacterial RNA polymerase.

  • Andrew Stephenson

    • Distinguished Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-863-1553 Email address as4@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The impact of inbreeding by plants on organic volatile production, herbivory and the establishment and spread of diseases. The effects of effects of disease on the foraging behavior of vectors and their natural enemies.

  • Ming Tien

    • Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-1165 Email address mxt3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanism of fungal degradation of the plant polymer lignin. Modification of lignin biosynthesis to yield more readily hydrolyzed lignin. Mechanism of cellulose synthesis. Disimilatory iron reduction. Microbial reduction of metal oxides for respiration.

  • James Tumlinson

    • Ralph O. Mumma Professor of Entomology
    • Director, Center for Chemical Ecology

    Phone number 814-863-1770 Email address jht2@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Yinong Yang

    • Associate Professor of Plant Pathology

    Phone number 814-867-0324 Email address yuy3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Signal perception and transduction in rice-pathogen interactions; Molecular and genomic strategies for increasing disease resistance and drought tolerance in cereal crops.

Graduate students