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Department of Plant Pathology

Cameron Hunter

Cameron Hunter 

PhD Student

1712 Claflin Rd
4022B Throckmorton Ctr.

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-2569 
Fax: 785-532-5692





Graduate adviser:

Richard Todd


B.S. Biology and Psychology, Kansas State University (2011)

Research Focus

My research’s broad focus is on understanding how nitrogen metabolism is regulated in Aspergillus nidulans.  More specifically, I study AreA, the transcription factor that regulates the metabolism of alternative nitrogen sources during nitrogen limiting growth conditions. I am attempting to understand the complex pathways that signal the switch from nitrogen sufficient to nitrogen limiting/starvation conditions in the cell. We have learned that the regulation for nuclear localization for AreA, just one small part of the overall process, is immensely complex and redundant, showing that AreA has six functional nuclear localization signals to regulate nuclear import. 

Professional Experience 

  • Eukaryotic Cell Outstanding Young Investigator Award Winner (GRC 2012)
  • Member, Genetics Society of America (2013-present)
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2014-present)
  • President, Kansas State University Plant Pathology Graduate Student Club (2014,2015)
  • Member, Student Seminar Review Committee (2015)
  • Coach of the Kansas State Men’s Ultimate Team (2013-present)

 Research Publications and Published Abstracts

1.            HUNTER, C. C., K. S. SIEBERT, D. J. DOWNES, K. H. WONG, S. D. KREUTZBERGER, J. A. FRASER, D. F. CLARKE, M. J. HYNES, M. A. DAVIS, R. B. TODD. 2014. Multiple nuclear localization signals mediate nuclear localization of the GATA transcription factor AreA. Eukaryotic Cell 13: 527–38.

2.            KATZ, M. E., R. BUCKLAND, C. C. HUNTER, R. B. TODD. 2015. Distinct roles for the p53-like transcription factor XprG and autophagy genes in the response to carbon starvation. Fungal Genetics and Biology 83: 10-18.