Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies
Office Phone: (301) 405-1622
Fax: (301) 314-9082
Office Address: 3122 Microbiology Bldg
BSCI222 Principles of Genetics
BSCI415 Molecular Genetics Laboratory
My interests are in the regulation of gene expression and development in response to external cues. Plant-pathogen interactions provide a wealth of systems where inter-organismal signaling determines the specificity of the interaction. The chemical nature of plant defenses and the specificity of defense chemicals used by any one plant species provides for fungal recognition of the host through recognition of these defense compounds. My lab uses the tools of molecular biology to study the components and signal pathways through which a fungal pathogen recognizes its host and triggers the expression of genes or developmental steps needed for pathogenesis.
Ph.D. Yale University, 1987