We study how  fungal and oomycetes pathogens are able to cause disease on field crops in Illinois.  We use quantitative PCR, microscopy, and high-throughput field assays to characterize the phenotypic interactions; and microbiome sequencing, RNAseq, and genetics to identify the factors involved in the interactions. Our research will advance our understanding of disease development and generate efficient disease control methods.

Our research areas are:

  • Mechanisms of fungal and oomycete pathogenesis.
  • Pathogen detection, quantification, and diagnosis.