Professor of Biology
Genomics, bioinformatics, and molecular evolution. Origin and diversification of flowers and developmental pathways. Comparative genomics of plants, organelles, and plant gene families. Genomics, evolution, and functional biology of parasitic plants.
- Elizabeth Kelly (Plant Biology)
- Huiting Zhang (Plant Biology)
- Juan Cerda (Bioinformatics and Genomics)
- Thomas (Nate) Persons (Bioinformatics and Genomics)
- Eric Wafula (Biology)
- Prakash Timilsina (Biology)
- Bioinformatics and Genomics
- Plant Biology
- Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences
- Plant Institute
- Center for Parasitic and Carnivorous Plants
News Articles Featuring Claude dePamphilis
Feb 11, 2020
Local genetic adaption helps sorghum crop hide from witchweed
Sorghum crops in areas where the agricultural parasite striga, also known as witchweed, is common are more likely to have genetic adaptations to help them resist the parasite, according to new research led by Penn State scientists.
Dec 17, 2019
Agricultural parasite avoids evolutionary arms race, shuts down genes of host
A parasitic plant has found a way to circumvent an evolutionary arms race with the host plants from which it steals nutrients, allowing the parasite to thrive on a variety of agriculturally important plants. The parasite dodder, an agricultural pest found on every continent, sends genetic material into its host to shut down host defense genes.
Dec 06, 2019
Novel way to ID disease-resistance genes in chocolate-producing trees found
Chocolate-producing cacao trees that are resistant to a major pathogen were identified by an international team of plant geneticists. The findings point the way for plant breeders to develop trees that are tolerant of the disease.
Nov 20, 2019
Eleven Eberly faculty featured as highly cited researchers in 2019 by Clarivate
Eleven researchers from the Eberly College of Science have been recognized as "highly cited" by the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Group. The 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list features researchers who have demonstrated considerable influence through publication of multiple works that have been cited by a significant number of their peers during the last decade.
Jul 24, 2019
Natural GMOs: Parasitic plants steal host DNA to siphon off needed resources
Some parasitic plants steal genetic material from their host plants and use the stolen genes to more effectively siphon off the host’s nutrients. A new study led by researchers at Penn State and Virginia Tech reveals that the parasitic plant dodder has stolen a large amount of genetic material from its hosts, including over 100 functional genes.