Pathogen & Microbe Biology & Genetics

Our faculty study the molecular genetics, genomics, cell biology, molecular evolution, and population genetics of key plant pathogens and model organisms. A deeper understanding of these mechanisms can lead to improved plant disease management and can help us unravel the biology of the microbial world.

Research Faculty

Bob Bowden

Bob Bowden, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Genetics of wheat rust
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John Leslie

John Leslie, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Plant Fungi
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Richard Todd

Richard Todd, PhD

Associate Professor
Molecular genetics, genomics, and cell biology
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Chris Toomajian

Chris Toomajian, PhD

Associate Professor
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Barbara Valent

Barbara Valent, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Rice & Wheat Blast
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