Faculty Research

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Tamar Barkay, Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Maryland
Role of microorganisms in transformations of metals in the environment

William J. Belden, Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., Dartmouth
Chromatin-remodeling; Circadian rhythms, non-coding RNA

Joan W. Bennett, Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS; Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Ph.D., Chicago
Genetics and biosynthesis of fungal natural products; fungal genomics

Debashish Bhattacharya, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources,
SEBS/IMCS; Ph.D., Simon Fraser (Canada)
Algal evolution; genomics; endosymbiosis; red tides; plastids; tree of life

Kay D. Bidle, Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences, SEBS/IMCS; Ph.D., California (San Diego)
Marine microbiology; microbial physiology and mortality, virology; gene expression; molecular ecology and evolution

Jeffrey M. Boyd, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D.,
Utah State
Microbial biochemistry and molecular genetics; Integration of iron and iron-sulfur cluster metabolism with cellular processes.

Yana Bromberg, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Columbia
Bioinformatics approaches to protein function prediction and genome variation analysis

George M. Carman, Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D., Massachusetts
Molecular biology of phospholipid biosynthesis in yeast

Michael Chikindas, Associate Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D., Institute of
Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms (Russia)
Microbiology; genetics; biotechnology; probiotics; antimicrobial peptides

Bruce B. Clarke, Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS; Director, Center
for Turfgrass Science; Ph.D., Rutgers. 
Turfgrass pathology; soilborne diseases; disease forecasting and control; mycology.

John Dighton, Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences, SEBS; Professor of Biology, FAS;
Director of the Pinelands Field Station; Ph.D., London (UK)
Role of fungi in nutrient dynamics in forest soils and impacts of pollution

G. Charles Dismukes, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, SAS/WIM, and of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Wisconsin (Madison)
Microbial metabolism and renewable energy production

Siobain Duffy, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, SEBS; Ph.D., Yale
Emerging viruses; experimental evolution; bioinformatics

Richard H. Ebright, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Chemistry, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Harvard
Mechanism and regulation of bacterial transcription; small-molecule inhibitors of
bacterial transcription

Paul G. Falkowski, Professor of Geological Sciences and Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences, SAS/SEBS/IMCS; Ph.D., British Columbia (Canada)
Evolution of biogeochemical cycles; photosynthesis; symbiosis and phytoplankton ecology; biological oceanography

Nicole Fahrenfeld, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, SoE; Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Environmental chemistry and environmental microbiology to promote water quality and sustainability.

Donna E. Fennell, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS, Ph.D., Cornell
Microbial processes for bioremediation and waste management

Robert M. Goodman, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources; and
Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., Cornell
Diversity and function of microorganisms in natural environments

Max M. Häggblom, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Helsinki (Finland)
Environmental microbiology and microbial ecology; biodegradation and bioremediation

Bradley I. Hillman, Professor Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS; Dir. for Research and Senior Associate Director, NJAES; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)
Molecular, population, and evolutionary biology of viruses and fungi

Peter C. Kahn, Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Columbia
Protein folding and subunit assembly; modeling, ligand interactions, hydration in biological systems

Lee Kerkhof, Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences, SEBS/IMCS; Ph.D., California (SD)
Marine microbiology; molecular ecology; microbial population dynamics

Donald Y. Kobayashi, Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS; Ph.D., California (Riverside)
Plant bacteriology; host-pathogen interactions; molecular biology

Kwangwon Lee, Assistant Professor of Biology (Camden); Ph.D. Texas A&M
Circadian clock/light regulation, fungal genetics, fungal ecology, systems biology

Thomas Leustek, Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS; Ph.D., Rutgers
Molecular biology and biochemistry of sulfur and amino acid metabolism in microorganisms

Desmond Lun, Professor - Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers Camden.
Research interests are in synthetic biology, systems biology, biological signal processing, and network science.

Kenneth McKeever, Professor of Animal Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D. Univ. of Arizona
Equine exercise and environmental physiology; neuroendocrine control of cardio-renal function

Gediminas Mainelis, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D. Cincinnati
Biological aerosols

Karl Matthews, Associate Professor of Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D., Kentucky
Genetics understanding of virulence and survival mechanisms of food-borne pathogens

Peter J. Morin, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, SEBS; Ph.D., Duke
Community ecology; Microbial Ecology

Bryce E. Nickels, Assistant Professor of Genetics, SAS/WIM; Ph.D., Harvard
Mechanisms of transcription; regulation of bacterial gene expression

Robert A. Niederman, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, SAS; Ph.D., Illinois
Structure, function, and assembly of energy-transducing membranes

Peter Oudemans, Associate Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS; Ph.D.,
California (Riverside)
Fungal plant diseases; population biology of fungi

John R. Reinfelder, Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., SUNY (Stony Brook)
Trace element cycling and bioavailability; inorganic carbon acquisition in marine phytoplankton

Donald W. Schaffner, Extension Specialist in Food Science, SEBS; Ph.D., Georgia
Predictive food microbiology; quantitative microbial risk assessment

Ann M. Stock, Dept of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, SAS; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Structure/function anaylsis of signal transduction proteins

Paul Takhistov, Professor of Food Engineering Department of Food Science, SEBS. Ph.D Univ. of Notre Dame.
Research interests are in understanding the physico-chemical interactions between multiphase matrices with biotic and abiotic materials

Nilgun E. Tumer, Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS; Ph.D., Purdue
Molecular biology of plant viruses; virus replication; disease resistance; plant transformation

Andrew K. Vershon, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, WIM/SAS; Ph.D.,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Regulation of gene expression in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Costantino Vetriani, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS/IMCS; Ph.D.; Rome La Sapienza (Italy)
Deep-sea microbiology; extremophiles; molecular ecology; adaptations to extreme environments

James White, Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS/NJAES; Ph.D., Texas
Fungal systematics; ecology of fungi; fungal-plant symbioses

Lori A. White, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology; Ph.D., Dartmouth
Molecular mechanisms of xenobiotic-induced pathologies

Nancy A. Woychik, Professor- Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - UMDNJ Ph.D University of Wisconsin.
Bacterial Pathogenesis

Nathan Yee, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., Notre Dame
Geomicrobiology and geochemistry

Lily Y. Young, Professor of Environmental Sciences, SEBS; Ph.D., Harvard
Anaerobic microbial metabolism of contaminant chemicals; microbial biodegradation;
bioremediation

Ning Zhang, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology and of Biochemistry
and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Louisiana State
Population; evolutionary biology; molecular detection of fungi on grasses

Gerben Zylstra, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology, SEBS; Ph.D., Michigan
Metagenomics; molecular and biochemical analysis of biodegradation pathways