Wheat genome diversity and evolution. Disease resistance genes. Genetic and genomic tools and resources for wheat improvement.
Genomics, molecular biology, gene expression.
Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Chromatin Dynamics, Technology applications
Wheat Extension. Development of disease management strategies for fungal diseases of wheat including Fusarium head blight, tan spot, leaf rust and stripe rust
Cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics and evolution of wheat. Transfer, cytogenetic identification, and characterization of wheat-alien translocations.
Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, at Kansas State University.
Extension plant pathology for sorghum, soybeans, corn, and sunflower. Seedling disease management.
Extension, diagnostics, and research for diseases of horticultural crops (vegetables, fruit, trees, flowers, and turfgrass).
Biochemical, molecular, and population genetics of model and plant pathogenic fungi.
Sorghum and soybean diseases. Seedling, root, stalk and seed diseases. Fungal pathogens of row crops.
Cloning and characterization of pathogen resistance and drought resistance genes. Assembly and annotation of plant and microbe genomes.
Plant virology, virus-vector interactions, insect-specific viruses, virome, virus evolution, the development of new techniques to control viral infections
Plant disease diagnostics. Undergraduate teaching.
Wheat genetics and germplasm improvement; marker technologies, association genetics and genomic selection for use in breeding. Resistance to wheat rusts.
Plant biosecurity. Plant disease diagnostics. Plant health-public health interface.
Molecular genetics, genomics and cell biology of nitrogen utilization and metabolic gene regulation in the fungus Aspergillus nidulans.
Strategies for durable resistance in soybean to Heterodera glycines. Nematode diseases in corn and wheat. Population and community ecology of soil nematodes.
Population genetics, molecular evolution, evolutionary genomics; plant and fungal genetics/genomics; bioinformatics.
Plant molecular biology and genetic enhancement of crop plants for tolerance/resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses and value-added traits.
Effector biology and biotrophic strategies of Magnaporthe (Pyricularia) oryzae, causal agent of rice blast. Biology and management of wheat blast.