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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; Ph.D., Simon Fraser (Canada)
    Algal evolution; genomics; endosymbiosis; red tides; plastids; tree of life
  • Kay D. Bidle, Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences, SEBS; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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