Faculty

Uygar Abaci

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

James Adair

Professor of Material Science and Engineering
Nanoscale materials and phenomena for biological, optical and structural applications, property manipulation via novel chemical pathways for designer particles and materials, colloid and interfacial chemistry, powder characterization, powder…

Lee Ahern

Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations

Istvan Albert

Associate Professor of Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics, large scale biological data analysis, microarrays and sequence analysis. Scientific programming, algorithm development. Database-driven web development.

Corien Bakermans

Professor of Microbiology (Altoona)

Paul Bartell

Co-Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Neuroscience; Associate Professor of Avian Biology

The regulation of biological clocks in birds at the systems level.

Iliana Baums

Professor of Biology

Molecular ecology and evolution of reef invertebrates.

Terrence Bell

Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes

Soil and root-associated microbiomes, microbiome assembly, microbiome manipulation, disturbance.

Sheri Berenbaum

Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics

Development and neuroendocrine basis of human sex-typed cognition and social behavior.

Ottar Bjornstad

Huck Chair of Epidemiology; Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology; Adjunct Professor in Statistics

Population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects

Brady Bowman

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Mary Ann Bruns

Associate Professor of Soil Microbiology and Biogeochemistry

Functional ecology of biogeochemically important microbial populations.

Carolee Bull

Director of the Microbiome Center; Professor of Plant Pathology; Bacterial Systematics Head, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Bacterial systematics, epidemiology, and population biology of bacterial plant pathogens and biological control agents to develop alternatives to synthetic chemicals for plant disease management

Liana Burghardt

Huck Early Career Chair of Root Biology and Rhizosphere Interactions
Plant-microbe-climate interactions; the evolution and ecology of legumes and nitrogen-fixing rhizobia; the genomic basis and environment dependence of root, nodule, and mutualism traits; GWAS/transcriptomics/evolve & resequence…

John Carlson

Professor of Molecular Genetics; Director, Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics

Genome mapping, including genetic linkage mapping, molecular cytogenetics; studies of genetic diversity in forests.

Darrell Cockburn

Assistant Professor of Food Science

Estelle Couradeau

Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Science & Management

Sarah Craig

Assistant Research Professor

Sharifa Crandall

Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Soilborne disease dynamics and management in managed and natural systems; microbial community ecology with a focus on fungi and oomycetes; the influence of plant stress on microbiomes; improving plant and soil health

Emily Davenport

Assistant Professor of Biology

Understanding the complex relationship humans have with our microbiomes, using high-throughput sequencing technologies and novel computational and statistical techniques.

Donald Davis

Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Justin DiAngelo

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Francisco Dini-Andreote

Assistant Professor of Plant Science

Microbiome, plant-microbe interactions, and community ecology. Harnessing the plant microbiome to enhance protection against biotic and abiotic stresses.

Danielle Downs

Professor of Kinesiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology

William Driscoll

Assistant Professor of Biology

José Duarte

Professor of Landscape Architecture

Edward Dudley

Professor of Food Science; Director of E. coli Reference Center

Mechanisms driving toxin production in Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli; use of genome sequencing to track pathogen transmission during foodborne outbreaks

Yasser El-Manzalawy

Assistant Research Professor of Information Sciences and Technology

Herschel Elliott

Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Paul Esker

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Field Crop Pathology

Terry Etherton

Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition

Gary Felton

Professor and Department Head of Entomology

Plant-herbivore interactions. Adaptive responses of herbivores to plant defenses. Herbivore cues recognized by plants with specific focus on biochemical and molecular analysis of salivary secretions.

Erika Ganda

Assistant Professor of Food Animal Microbiomes

Developing practical ways to leverage the microbiome to improve food safety and improve food production animals' production efficiency.

David Geiser

Professor of Plant Pathology

Molecular evolutionary genetics of pathogenic and toxigenic fungi.

Leland Glenna

Professor of Rural Sociology and Science, Technology, and Society

Hassan Gourama

Associate Professor of Food Science

Beth Gugino

Professor of Vegetable Pathology

Carley Gwin

Assistant Teaching Professor

Paul Heinemann

Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Kevin Hockett

Huck Early Career Chair; Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology

Biological Control, Biology and Ecology of Plant-Microbe and Plant-Environment Interactions, Microbial Ecology and Population Biology Faculty

Raymond Hohl

University Professor of Oncology; Professor of Pharmacology

Vasant Honavar

Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology

Statistical machine learning algorithms for predictive modeling; modeling and inference of biological networks; characterization and prediction of protein-protein, protein-RNA, and protein-DNA interactions.

Scott Isard

Professor of Aerobiology

María del Mar Jiménez Gasco

Associate Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Mictobiology

Seogchan Kang

Professor of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology

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.

Vivek Kapur

Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Huck Distinguished Chair in Global Health; Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

The basic mechanisms by which pathogenic microbes successfully infect, colonize, and cause disease in their hosts.

Kenneth Keiler

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Small RNAs and protein localization in bacterial development and antimicrobial drug discovery.

Joshua Kellogg

Emphasis Area Representative, Molecular Toxicology; Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Development of new metabolomics tools for chemical and biological characterization of complex systems. Discovery of new natural products from plants and microorganisms with novel bioactivity against pathogenic fungi and neglected tropical diseases.…

David Koslicki

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Biology

Developing efficient algorithms to extract insight from high-throughput sequencing data.

Jasna Kovac

Lester Earl and Veronica Casida Career Development Professor of Food Safety; Assistant Professor of Food Science

Integrating epidemiological, microbiological, molecular and omics methods to better understand microbial pathogenic potential, antimicrobial resistance, and epidemiology of foodborne pathogens.

Gretchen Kuldau

Associate Professor of Plant Pathology

Todd Lajeunesse

Professor of Biology

Microbial Ecology and Evolution

Derek Lee

Associate Research Professor

Mechelle Lewis

Associate Professor Neurology and Pharmacology

Dajiang Liu

Associate Professor of Public Health Science

Developing novel methods to analyze very large scale datasets in order to identify genes that are responsible for disease, understand the disease mechanism, and gain clinical insights.

Aron Lukacher

Professor and Chair of Microbiology & Immunology

Hong Ma

Huck Distinguished Research Professor of Plant Molecular Biology; Professor of Biology

Plant development under favorable and stressful conditions; phylogeny and evolutionary biology of plant groups containing major crops and ecologically important species.

Thomas Ma

Professor and Chair of Medicine

Jennifer Macalady

Associate Professor of Geosciences

Siela Maximova

Research Professor of Plant Biotechnology Co-Director, Endowed Program in the Molecular Biology of Cocoa

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 & Environmental Microbiology

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.

Michael Messina

Department Head and Professor of Ecosystem Science and Management

Tim Miyashiro

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

How bacteria adapt to a host environment. The mutualistic symbiosis established between the Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) and a bioluminescent bacterium (Vibrio fischeri).

Tami Mysliwiec

Associate Professor of Biology

Leslie Parent

Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology

Andrew Patterson

Professor and Huck Chair of Molecular Toxicology

The Patterson lab is focused on understanding the host-metabolite-microbiome axis

John Pecchia

Assistant Research Professor

Kari Peter

Assistant Research Professor of Tree Fruit Pathology

Kristina Petersen

Assistant Research Professor

Mauricio Pontes

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Beth Potter

Associate Professor of Biology

Sujit Pujhari

Assistant Research Professor

Nilam Ram

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies; Professor of Psychology

Andrew Read

Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology; Eberly Professor of Biotechnology

The ecology and evolutionary genetics of infectious disease.

John Regan

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Biological treatment processes, molecular microbial ecology, bioenergy production.

Tanya Renner

Assistant Professor of Entomology

Evolution of chemical and structural defense. Molecular evolution, evolutionary genomics, and transcriptomics. Origins and evolution of carnivorous plants.

Bob Roberts

Professor and Head of Food Science

Connie Rogers

Associate Director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences; Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences

Role of changes in energy balance and related nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation, and cancer risk using both animal models and human subjects.

Marilyn Roossinck

Professor of Plant Pathology and Biology

Virus-plant interactions, virus evolution and ecology and evolution of disease

Cristina Rosa

Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology
Plant Virology, interaction of plant viruses with their insects as vectors and with their plant hosts. Virus evolution, exploration of plant viromes, viral co-infections, effect of climate change on viral resistant breaking strains. Use of…

Richard Roush

Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences

Steven Schiff

Director of the Center for Neural Engineering; Brush Chair Professor of Engineering; Professor of Neurosurgery; Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Neural engineering, neurosurgery, epilepsy, Parkinsons Disease, wave mechanics, brain machine interfaces, EEG, electrical fields, and control theory.

Vishal Singh

Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology and Microbiome

Joshua Smyth

Distinguished Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Medicine

Bruce Stanley

Director of the Section of Research Resources, Hershey

Moriah Szpara

Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Biology

Neurovirology, genomics of pathogen variation, neuron-virus relationships

Claire Thomas

Associate Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Roles of the cytoskeleton at the cell membrane in epithelial cells, including issues of cell polarity and adhesion, cell signaling, and morphogenesis.

Gary Thompson

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Agricultural Sciences; Director, PA Agricultural Experiment Station

Guy Townsend

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Benay GürsoyToykoç

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Wakar Uddin

Professor of Plant Pathology

Josephine Wee

Assistant Professor of Food Science

Emily Weinert

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The mechanisms by which bacteria sense and respond to the environment, as well as how these signaling proteins/pathways affect competition, host colonization, and pathogenesis.

Howie Weiss

Professor of Biology
I am a Biomathematican and very recently moved to Penn State from Georgia Tech (I also had appointments at Emory in Public Health and PBEE). Bacteria and their viruses (phages) provide a way to study ecological and evolutionary processes in real time…

Laura Weyrich

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Renate Winkels

Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences

Thomas K Wood

Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering

Xiang Zhan

Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences

Lingzhou Xue

Associate Professor of Statistics

High-dimensional statistics, statistical learning, optimization, econometrics, and statistical applications in biological science, environmental science, and social science.