Molecular Research

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Doris H. D'Souza
Foodborne pathogens

Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Madhu Dhar
Research Associate Professor

Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Shawn A. Hawkins
Associate Professor
Animal waste management

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

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

Kurt H. Lamour
Molecular Epidemiology

Scott Lenaghan
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth More (Liz) Lennon
Assistant Professor

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Hwa-Chain (Robert) Wang
Molecular Oncology

Xuemin Xu
Research Pathobiology

Groups and Facilities

(1 mention)

Weed Diagnostics Center 
Diagnostic testing for weeds of crop and non-crop 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.



Partnership between UT Institute of Agriculture and National University of Ireland Galway addresses Common Concerns Plaguing both Countries, 8/23/2019

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

Faculty 360 | Tao Wu, 1/11/2018

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

Neal Stewart Nominated for UT President’s 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


Recent Publications

Genome-wide association study identified candidate genes controlling continuous storage root formation and bulking in hexaploid sweetpotato Bararyenya A, B. A. Olukolu, P. Tukamuhabwa, W. J. Grüneberg, W. Ekaya, J. Low, M. Ochwo-Ssemakula, T. L. Odong, H. Talwana, A. Badji, M. Kyalo, Y. Nasser, D. Gemenet, M. Kitavi, and R. O. M. Mwanga.  2020.  BMC Plant Biology, 20(1):3. [Abstract]

Quantitative trait loci and differential gene expression analyses reveal the genetic basis for negatively-associated β-carotene and starch content in hexaploid sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.] D. C. Gemenet, G. Pereira, B. De Boeck, J. C. Wood, M. Mollinari, B. A. Olukolu, F. Diaz, V. Ssali RT, M. David, M. N. Kitavi, G. Burgos, T. Z. Felde, M. Ghislain, E. Carey, J. Swanckaert, L. J. M. Coin, Z. Fei, J. P. Hamilton, B. Yada, G. C. Yencho, Z. B. Zeng, R. O. M. Mwanga, A. Khan, W. J. Gruneberg, and C. R. Buell.  2020.  Theor Appl Genet., 133(1):23-36. [Abstract]

Genetic Variation for Biomass Yield and Identification of Genomic Regions Associated with Regrowth Vigor and Salinity Tolerance in Lowland Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.).  Nayak, S.  2020.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [Abstract]

Characterization of glycerophospholipid molecular species in muscles from three species of cephalopods by direct infusion-tandem mass spectrometry.  Shen, Y., et al, and T. Wang.  2020.  Chemistry and Physics of Lipids, 226,104848.

Investigation of molecular interactions between imidozilium ionic liquids and cellulose by combining NMR, MD, and SAXS.  Annamraju, A., M. D. Smith, L. Petridis, S. C. Chmely, H. O'neill, S. V. Pingali, and N. Labbé.  2019.  American Crystallographic Association, July 20-24, 2019, Cincinnati, OH.

Effect of environmental weathering on microbial assimilation of biodegradable plastic mulches under ambient soil and composting conditions.  Anunciado, M. B., C. D. Cowan-Banker, A. F. Astner, L. C. Wadsworth, and D. G. Hayes.  2019.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC, 5-7 June 2019. [Abstract]

Novel methodology to form micro- and nano-plastics from agricultural plastic materials and their dimensional, thermal and chemical characterization Astner, A. F., D. G. Hayes, H. M. O'Neill, B. R. Evans, S. V. Pingali, V. S. Urban, and T. M. Young.  2019.  Science of the Total Environment, 685: 1097-1106. [Abstract]

Caverzan, A., C. Piasecki, G. Chavarria, C.N. Stewart, Jr., L. Vargas. 2019. Defenses against ROS in crops and weeds: the effects of interference and herbicides. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 20: 1086.  Caverza, A., C. Piasecki, G. Chavarra, C. N. Stewart, Jr., and L. Vargas.  2019.  International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

Chapter 28: Molecular Tools Used in Medical and Veterinary Entomology D. Nayduch, P. Olafson, and R. T. Trout Fryxell.  2019.  Medical and Veterinary Entomology 3rd Edition. Academic Press, Durden LA and Mullen GB, editors.

Field performance of high oleic soybeans with mutant FAD2-1A and FAD2-1B genes in Tennessee Darr, L., M. Cunicelli, H. Bhandari, K. Bilyeu, F. Chen, T. Hewezi, Z. Li, C. E. Sams, and V. R. Pantalone.  2019.  J. of the American Oil Chemists' Society. [Abstract]

When Worlds Collide: Relationships Between the Life Cycle of Biodegradable Plastic Mulches and Ecosystems.  Hayes, D. G., M. B. Anunciado, A. F. Astner, M. English, A. L. Wszelaki, J. L. Moore, S. V. Pingali, M. Flury, H. Y. Sintim, J. M. DeBruyn, S. M. Schaeffer, and S. Bandpadhyay.  2019.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC, 5-7 June 2019 (other coauthors: H. M. O'Neill, B.R. Evans, V.S. Urban, C. Miles, S. Ghimire, M. Flury, and H.Y. Sintim). [Abstract]

Isolation and functional analysis of squalene synthase gene in tea plant Camellia sinensis J. Fu, G. Liu, M. Yang, X. Wang, X. Chen, F. Chen, and X. Yang.  2019.  Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 142:53-58. [Abstract]