The post-doctoral fellow (PDF) will manage and perform research is to functionally characterize the role of an alternative splice variant of an important plant defense modulator, PHYTOALEXIN DEFICIENT4 (PAD4) in soybean (Glycine max L.) and other plant species specifically Arabidopsis. The PDF researcher will design, conduct, analyze, interpret and synthesize data from experiments that use approaches for cloning, qRT-PCR, confocal microscopy, protein synthesis and isolation, bimolecular fluorescence complementation assays, assays to test systemic acquired resistance and response to soybean aphids, genome editing of soybean using CRIPSR/Cas9 to generate soybean mutants to be used in biological assays against bacterial pathogens and soybean aphids to determine the contribution of the splice variant to plant immune response. Basic research skills needed include plant and bacterial molecular genetics and genomics, plant-insect and plant-bacteria interactions, and statistics. The PDF will be expected to communicate their findings at professional meetings and in peer-reviewed journals. The PDF will also guide undergraduate and graduate students on projects related to the above. For more information and to apply CLICK HERE


Research opportunities are always available in my lab.  Students will work closely with a graduate mentor and me on one of several ongoing projects in the laboratory. If you are interested in undergraduate research opportunities in my lab or would like to know more, please feel free to send me an EMAIL or stop by my office in SB 342. 


M.S. and Ph.D. research opportunities in the field of molecular plant-pest interactions are available. 


Teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis to assist graduate students pursuing their degree in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. If you are interested in graduate research opportunities in my lab or would like more information, please send me an EMAIL or stop by my office in SB 342.  Additional information can be found HERE.

Additionally, I can take students from across-departmental graduate group: Program in Molecular Plant Biology.