Biology Research

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Hussein A. Al-Wadei
Research Assistant Professor

John Brian (Brian) Alford
Assistant Professor
Fishery conservation and management

Robert M. (Oz) Augé
Drought biology; mycorrhizal symbiosis

Linden E. Craig
Clinical Associate Professor
Anatomic Pathobiology

Mei-Zhen Cui
Research Pathobiology

Jennifer M. DeBruyn
Associate Professor
Environmental Microbiology

Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Shigetoshi (Shige) Eda
Microbiology, immunology, and diagnosis

Bente Flatland
Associate Professor
Clinical Pathobiology

Jennifer Anne Franklin
Associate Professor
Tree physiology

Christopher Austin (Chris) Graves
Wildlife biology

Robert M. (Bob) Hayes
Director and Professor
Weed Science

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

Allan E. Houston
Research Professor
Forest and wildlife biology

Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Insect physiology and molecular pathology

Charles Kwit
Assistant Professor
Climate change and conservation biology

Seong-Ho Lee
Research Assistant Professor

Scott Lenaghan
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth More (Liz) Lennon
Assistant Professor

Kim Newkirk
Associate Professor
Anatomic Pathobiology

Shelley Newman
Associate Professor & Associate Head
Anatomic Pathobiology

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Mark A. Radosevich
Soil microbiology & biochemistry

Barry T. Rouse
Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

John Charles Sorochan
Distinguished Professor
Turfgrass biology

Dee Stephenson
Laboratory Section Chief

Xuemin Xu
Research Pathobiology

Joseph D. (Joe) Clark
Associate Professor
Wildlife biology

Frank Loeffler
Governor's Chair -- Microbiology

Gary S. Sayler

James A. Zahn

Groups and Facilities

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Center for Ag Synthetic Biology 
Unique automated platform for agricultural synthetic biology



UTIA Scientists Receive USDA Grant for Two-way Crop Diversification Study, 5/11/2020

Faculty 360 | Laura Russo, 12/2/2019

Commendations Corner - October 2019, 11/23/2019

Researchers Use Genomics and Citizen Science to Determine Migration History of Invasive Butterfly, 9/11/2019

UTIA Researchers Develop Kit for Chloroplast Engineering in Plants, 3/25/2019

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

Neal Stewart Nominated for UT President’s Discover Award, 10/9/2017

A New Generation of Faculty, 8/2/2017

Department of Food Science Changes Name to Better Reflect Focus, 4/30/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016


Recent Publications

A terpene synthase-cytochrome P450 cluster in Dictyostelium discoideum produces a novel trisnorsesquiterpene Chen, X., K. Luck, P. Rabe, C. Q. Dinhd, G. Shaulsky, D. R. Nelson, J. Gershenzon, J. S. Dickschat, T. G. Köllner, and F. Chen.  2019.  elife, 8:e44352. [Abstract]

Austrocnephia: a new genus for a segregate of Australian ‘Paracnephia’ (Diptera: Simuliidae) Craig, D. A., D. C. Currie, L. H. Gil-Azevedo, and J. K. Moulton.  2019.  Zootaxa, 4627: 1–92. [Abstract]

Lenaghan, S.C., Stewart C.N. Jr. 2019 An automated protoplast transformation system. Methods in Molecular Biology 1919: 355-363.  Lenaghan, S., and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2019.  Methods in Molecular Biology.

Genome editing, gene drives, and synthetic biology: will they contribute to disease-resistant crops, and who will benefit? Annual Review of Phytopathology. 57: 165-188  Pixley, K et al, J. Falck-Zepeda, K. Giller, L. Glenna, F. Gould, C. Mallory-Smith, D. Stelley, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2019.  Annu Rev Phytopathol.

KBase: the United States department of energy systems biology knowledgebase A. Arkin, P. Ranjan, et al.  2018.  Nature Biotechnology. [Abstract]

Evolution of olfactory functions on the fire ant social chromosome A. Cohanim, E. Amsalem, R. Saad, D. D. Shoemaker, and E. Privman.  2018.  Genome Biology and Evolution, 10: 2947-2960. [Abstract]

Transcriptomic and Metabolomic Profiling of Chicken Adipose Tissue: Dual Purpose Benefit for Human Obesity and Poultry Production Beckford, R, E. Tague, S. Campagna, and B. H. Voy.  2018.  Current Metabolomics. [Abstract]

Fiscal Impacts, pp. 139 - 147. In Advances in the Biology and Management of Modern Bed Bugs (S. Doggett, D. Miller and C-Y Lee eds.).  Doggett, S. L., D. M. Miller, K. M. Vail, and M. S. Wilson.  2018.  John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken NJ, 439 pp.

Interactive web-based tool for nutritional microbiology in applied agriculture outreach Ivey, J. L., and P. Myer.  2018.  Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 19(2).

Determining Effective Minimum Grade Requirements in Early Prerequisite Courses to Ensure Student Success in Animal Science Mann, M.M., C. J. Kojima, L. Schneider, and A. M. Saxton.  2018.  Journal of Animal Science, Volume 96, Issue suppl_3, 7 December 2018, Page 493. [Abstract]

The role of citizen science in addressing grand challenges in food and agriculture research. Adamson, N., Aktipis, A., Andersen, L., Austin, R., Barnes, L., Beasley, M., Bedell, K., Briggs, S., Chapman, B., Cooper, C., Corn S. Ryan, N. Adamson, A. Aktipis, L. Andersen, R. Austin, L. Barnes, M. Beasley, K. Bedell, S. Briggs, B. Chapman, D. D. Shoemaker, et al.  2018.  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. [Abstract]

The plastid genome as a chassis for synthetic biology-enabled metabolic engineering: players in gene expression Schindel, H. S., A. A. Piatek, C. N. Stewart, Jr., and S. Lenaghan.  2018.  Plant Cell Reports, 37: 1419-1429.