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Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Doris H. D'Souza
Associate Professor
Foodborne pathogens

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

Kurt H. Lamour
Molecular Epidemiology

Madhu Dhar
Research Associate Professor

Xuemin Xu
Research Pathobiology

Hwa-Chain (Robert) Wang
Molecular Oncology

Shawn A. Hawkins
Associate Professor
Animal waste management

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

Scott Lenaghan
Assistant Professor

Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Groups and Facilities

(1 mention)

Weed Diagnostics Center 
Diagnostic testing services for weeds of crop and non-cropland systems including turfgrass, ornamentals, and utility rights of way.

(1 mention)

Tree Physiology 
Physical environment impact on the growth and function of native tree species.


Utilizing Molecular Markers in Genetic Studies of Ornamental Plant Species, 2/14/2014



Faculty 360 | Tao Wu, 1/11/2018

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

Neal Stewart Nominated for UT Presidentís Discover Award, 10/9/2017

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

Faculty 360 | Sindhu Jagadamma, 9/22/2016

New Ventures | Creative Agricultural Technologies, LLC, 2/25/2016

Faculty 360 | Meg Staton, 2/24/2016

Probing the Mysteries of Milk's Molecular Structure, 10/17/2013


Recent Publications

A novel molecular toolkit for rapid detection of the pathogen and primary vector of thousand cankers disease Oren, E, W. E. Klingeman, R. Gazis, J. K. Moulton, P. L. Lambdin, M. Coggeshall, J. Hulcr, S. Seybold, and D. Hadziabdic.  2018.  PlosOne, 13(1): e0185087. [Abstract]

Breeding for improved oil quality in high yielding soybean lines using molecular markers for selecting fAD3A and FAD3C mutant alleles.  A. Willette, H. Bhandari, C. E. Sams, F. Chen, V. R. Sykes, C. Smallwood, and V. R. Pantalone.  2017.  World Soybean Research Conference 10, Poster completed and displayed in Plant Biotechnology Bldg. Conference cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. [Abstract]

Identification of molecular mechanisms of resistance to transgenic maize producing the Cry1Fa protein in different Spodoptera frugiperda populations.  Banerjee, R.  2017.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Mechanism and DNA-based detection of field-evolved resistance to transgenic Bt corn in fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) Banerjee, R., J. Hasler, R. Meagher, R. Nagoshi, L. Hietala, F. Huang, K. Narva, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2017.  Scientific Reports, 7(1): 10877. [Abstract]

Unraveling the Molecular Mechanism of Fat Deposition Through Dietary Manipulation and Feed Restriction.  Beckford, R  2017.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Transcriptomic and Metabolomic Profiling of Chicken Adipose Tissue: Dual Purpose Benefit for Human Obesity and Poultry Production.  Beckford, R. C., E. Tague, S. R. Campagna, and B. H. Voy.  2017.  Current Metabolomics, in press. [Abstract]

Molecular Phylogenetics and Piercer Evolution in the Bug-Killing Flies (Diptera: Tachinidae: Phasiinae).  Blaschke, J. D., J. O. Stireman, P. Cerretti, J. E. O'Hara, and J. K. Moulton.  2017.  Systematic Entomology.

Genetic analyses reveal cryptic diversity in the native North American fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Solenopsis) Chialvo, P., D. Gotzek, D. D. Shoemaker, and K. Ross.  2017.  Systematic Entomology. [Abstract]

Molecular Tools Used in Medical and Veterinary Entomology.  D. Nayduch, P. Olafson, and R. T. Trout Fryxell.  2017.  Medical and Veterinary Entomology 3rd Edition., Durden LA and Mullen GB, editors. Academic Press.

Molecular Diversity of Terpene Synthases in the Liverwort Marchantia polymorpha.  Kumar, S, C. Kempinski, X. Zhuang, S. Mafu, J. Zi, S. A. Bell, S. E. Nybo, S. E. Kinison, Z. Jiang et al., F. Chen, and J. Chappell.  2017.  International Botany Congress, ShenZhen. China. 2017.

The development and use of a molecular model for soybean maturity groups Langewisch, T., J. Lenis, G. L. Jiang, D. Wang, V. R. Pantalone, and K. Bilyeu.  2017.  BMC Plant Biology, 17:91 pp. 1-13. [Abstract]

Molecular detection of Candidatus Bartonella mayotimonensis in North America.  Lilley, T. M., C. A. Wilson, R. F. Bernard, E. V. Willcox, E. J. Vesterinen, A. M. R. Webber, L. Kurpiers, J. M. Prokkola, A. Kurta, K. A. Field, D. M. Reeder, and A. T. Pulliainen.  2017.  Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.