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Affiliated Scientists

Bill Allen

Assistant Professor
University of Missouri School of Journalism

Research Focus: Science Journalism and Agricultural Journalism Program


Douglas Allen

Research Biologist
USDA-ARS

Research Focus: Research interests include the analysis of metabolic networks in plants by combined experimental and computational methods. These investigations give insight to plant metabolism, important for designing crops to meet future nutritional and chemical feedstock needs.


Ivan Baxter

Research Biologist
USDA-ARS

Research Focus: Interest includes the understanding how plants regulate the mobilization, uptake, translocation, and storage of elements in different environments. We are focusing our efforts on the seeds of corn and soybeans. The seeds are important not only as the component of the plant that gets used for food, but also as a summary tissue of many physiological processes that are important for plant growth. We also study model systems to understand basic processes and apply this knowledge to the crop plants.


Kristin Bilyeu

Adjunct Associate Professor
Division of Plant Sciences, USDA-ARS

Research Focus: Functional genomics of seed composition.


Glen T. Cameron

Professor and Maxine Wilson Gregory Chair in Journalism Research

Research Focus: Communication Management Theory, Health Communication Evaluation, New Technologies in Communication, Information Pollution in Mass Media and Information Processing of Media Messages


Jianlin Cheng

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science

Research Focus: Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Machine Learning and Data Mining


David W. Emerich

Professor
Department of Biochemistry

Research Focus: Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in soybeans.


James T. English

Professor
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: The plant pathogen, Phytophthora, develops through a series of life stages from dormant propagules to infective zoospore cysts, in the course of infecting a plant root. The transition from one life stage to the next depends on the reception of environmental signals, particularly those generated by host plants. The long?term goal of our research program is to identify and manipulate novel biomolecules that disrupt life stage progression that depends on such signals.


Jill Findeis

Director of Applied Social Sciences
Division of Applied Social Sciences

Research Focus: Understanding decision-making behaviors, especially as related to providing food security using environmentally sustainable practices, human health and disease dynamics, and labor utilization and understanding the impacts of public policy reform in spatially-differentiated contexts.


Virgil J. Flanigan

Emeritus Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (Rolla)

Research Focus: Alternate energy studies including biomass gasification systems, dual fuel combustion studies, waste utilization and coal characteristics, mechanical and hydraulic control systems.


William Folk

Professor
Department of Biochemistry

Research Focus: Phytonutrients and seed composition.


Kevin Fritsche

Professor
Division of Animal Science

Research Focus: Nutritional Immunology


Felix Fritschi

Assistant Professor
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Nitrogen nutrition and plant responses to abiotic stress.


Shubhra Gangopadhyay

LaPierre Endowed Chair Professor
Material Science and Physics

Research Focus: PECVD, Sputtering and ECR deposition of amorphous Silicon, Carbon, Silicon Carbide and Silicon Nitride films. . Leakage current, programming and reliability studies of metal-to-metal antifuse for FPGAs. Growth and Characterization of low-k nanoporous dielectric thin films for inter level dielectrics for ULSI processing. Growth and Characterization of High-k Gate Dielectric Materials, Fabrication of Micro Electro-Mechanical Devices and Micro-sensors. Characterization of thin films by infrared absorption spectroscopy, Raman, continuous wave photoluminescence and picosecond time resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy, constant photocurrent method, space charge limited current technique. Capacitance-voltage measurements of MIS devices. Study of defects in polycrystalline diamond, Applications of supercritical carbon dioxide in microelectronics and MEMS devices, Nano-Engineered Energetic Materials.


Walter Gassmann

Associate Professor
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Genetic and molecular analysis of plant disease resistance.


Melissa Goellner Mitchum

Associate Professor
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: The major focus of research in the Mitchum lab is the molecular basis of plant-nematode interactions with an emphasis on the interaction between the soybean cyst nematode (SCN; Heterodera glycines) and its host plant, soybean.


Eliot Herman

Adjunct Professor
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: The primary focus of my research program is producing modifications of soybean proteins to improve composition, produce novel products, and reduce allergenicity. This will increase soybean utilization as both food and feed. Parallel objectives are to investigate the control and regulation of protein expression and accumulation, including collateral gene expression as the consequence of genetic modification. My laboratory has additional secondary projects that include two broad investigations with multi-institutional interactions. These projects include one focusing on the gene expression and cell biology of plants exposed to subfreezing temperatures and another on dinoflagellate genomics.


Fu-Hung Hsieh

Director of Graduate Studies, Professor
Biological Engineering and Food Science

Research Focus: Extrusion of foods and feeds, processing of grain-based foods, new uses of agricultural materials and biomechanics.


Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes

Professor
Agriculture Economics and Biotechnology

Research Focus: Economics and policy of agrifood biotechnology and other agribusiness innovations.


Shubhen Kapila

MSMC Endowed Professor
Department of Chemistry

Research Focus: Development of industrial soybean products.


Kattesh V. Katti

Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research Focus: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Nanomedicine; Metals/Organomatallics In the Development of Cancer Diagnostic and Therapeutic Agents; Biomedical Optical Imaging; New Approaches to Cancer Therapy; New Biomaterials for use in Surgical and Non-surgical Wound Healing applications; Fundamental Aspects of Structure of Water and Water-Alcohol Binary Mixtures


Monty Kerley

Professor
Division of Animal Sciences

Research Focus: Animal Nutrition.


Dmitry Korkin

Assistant Professor
Informatics Institute and Department of Computer Science

Research Focus: Development and application of structural bioinformatics methods to study structure, function, and evolution of macromolecular assemblies; studying structural mimicry in host-pathogen interactions.


Hari Krishnan

Research Molecular Biologist, Adjunct Professor
USDA-ARS, Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Modification of soybean seed composition and Rhizobium-soybean symbiosis


Dennis Lubahn

Professor, Director
Department of Biochemistry & Department of Child Health, Center for Phytonutrient & Phytochemical Studies

Research Focus: Extrusion of foods and feeds, processing of grain-based foods, new uses of agricultural materials, and biomechanics.


Jan Miernyk

Adjunct Professor
Department of Biochemistry

Research Focus: Protein targeting and folding in plants AREAS: Oorganelle biogenesis, posttranslational modifications.


Todd C. Mockler

Associate Member and Principal Investigator
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Research Focus: Research focus: The ultimate goal of the Mockler lab is to elucidate the means to predict plant performance, responses, and behaviors from genetic/epigenetic/ transcriptomic data across a range of environments. Achieving this goal requires developing new computational tools, predictive algorithms, modeling approaches, development of monocot-focused experimental tools, and a high-throughput digital phenotyping platform.


Azlin Mustapha

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate School
Food Science

Research Focus: Food Microbiology; biochemical and genetic analysis of enzyme systems.


Henry T. Nguyen

Served as NCSB Director from 2003 to 2015
Curators' Distinguished Professor & MSMC Endowed Professor, University of Missouri, Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Genetic and physical mapping of the soybean genome; integrated functional genomics and QTL mapping of plant responses to stress including drought and soybean cyst nematode; genetic and metabolic engineering for value-added seed composition.


Mel Oliver

Supervisory Research Geneticist, Adjunct Professor
USDA-ARS, Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Modification of Soybean Seed Composition for Food, Feed, and Other Industrial Uses


Joe L. Parcell

Director, Associate Professor
Missouri Value Added Development, Agricultural Economics

Research Focus: Value added agriculture business development, marketing, price analysis, and farm structure.


Scott C. Peck

Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry

Research Focus: Proteomics of protein phosphorylation and protein kinases; signaling and secretion during host-pathogen interactions.


Joseph C. Polacco

Professor Emeritus
Department of Biochemistry

Research Focus: Assimilation of fixed N, expression and role of arginine breakdown enzymes, Putilization and non-conventional means of improving soybean performance.


Douglas D. Randall

Thomas Jefferson Fellow Professor Emeritus
Department of Biochemistry

Research Focus: Metabolism, signal transduction, protein kinases and phosphorylated proteins in plants.


Craig Roberts

Professor, State Forage Specialist
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Forage Quality & Persistence, Biochemical Defense Mechanisms


Andrew Scaboo

Assistant Research Professor
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Soybean Genetics & Breeding


Jack C. Schultz

Director, Professor
Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Plant response to insects and microbes; plant ecological responses and constraints; how plants detect different stimuli and organize stimulus-specific biochemical responses.


J. Grover Shannon

Served as Associate NCSB Director from 2010 to 2015
Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Soybean Breeding and Genetics; Research is focused on drought, flooding, and soybean cyst menatode resistance and value-added seed composition.


Robert Sharp

Professor
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Regulation of root and shoot growth responses to drought. Specific interests include: hormonal growth regulation, in particular the role of abscisic acid; mechanisms of cell wall loosening; osmotic adjustment.


Chi-Ren Shyu

Shumaker Endowed Associate Professor, Director
Bioinformatics, MU Informatics Institute

Research Focus: Dr. Shyu has concentrated his informatics research efforts in three major areas – visual phenotypes to genotypes correlation, large-scale genomic data mining and retrievals, and computational structure biology. His research group has developed several unique bioinformatics tools for protein tertiary structure retrievals (ProteinDBS), repetitive/highly conserved sequence retrieval system (ACMES), and plant visual phenotypes/genotypes retrieval system (VPhenoDBS).


David Sleper

Served as Associate Director from 2003 to 2010
Emeritus Professor, University of Missouri, Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Soybean genetics and breeding.


Gary Stacey

Served as Associate Director from 2003 to 2015
Curators' Professor, Universtiy of Missouri, Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Microbial and plant development. Specific interests include: symbiotic nitrogen fixation, plant molecular biology, peptide transport, functional and structural plant genomics.


Laura Sweets

Extension Associate Professor
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: To provide educational programming, applied research, demonstration work and other efforts aimed at identifying and managing diseases of field crops in Missouri.


Jay Thelen

Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry

Research Focus: Seed proteomics; seed development, oilseed metabolism, plant metabolic pathways and metabolic engineering, protein biochemistry, genomic and proteomic approaches towards understanding plant metabolism.


Xuemin Wang

E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Professor
Department of Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Research Focus: Signal transduction processes in plant growth and stress responses; Lipid-mediated signaling; Regulation and function of phospholipases; Lipidomics and metabolic profiling; Metabolic engineering and oilseed quality.


William Wiebold

Professor
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Soybean crop management and production.


James Allen Wrather

Professor
Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Soybean disease control and extension plant pathology.


Dong Xu

Chair, Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science, Bioinformatics

Research Focus: Protein structure prediction, high-throughput biological data analyses, computational proteomics, in silico studies of plant, microbes, and neural systems.


Oliver Yu

Associate Member and Principal Investigator
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Molecular Biology

Research Focus: Plant secondary metabolism, gene regulation, and enzymatic interactions related to isoflavonoid biosyntheis in legumes.


Zhanyuan Zhang

Director, Research Associate Professor
Plant Transformation Core Facility, Division of Plant Sciences

Research Focus: Plant Genetic Engineering; Soybean transformation The primary research goal in my laboratory is to develop cutting-edge transgene technologies for soybean (Glycine max) and maize (Zea mays). My research focus is on developing high-throughput transformation processes for soybean and maize and efficient gene regulation in complex genome such as soybean. I am also interested in soybean functional genomics employing reverse genetics tools.