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Job: Applied Molecular Biology of Plant Disease Resistance – Univ Georgia

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia (UGA) seeks to fill a faculty position in Applied Molecular Biology of Plant Disease Resistance with an August 2017 start date. This position is open at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, innovative, internationally recognized, and competitively funded program with the priority to understand and develop disease resistance in non-model plants that are economically important in the southeastern United States.

UGA, a Land/Sea Grant institution located 90 miles northeast of Atlanta, is ranked 18th among public universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The university offers a vibrant research environment with potential collaborations with faculty across the plant sciences (http://plantcenter.uga.edu) as well as in crop genetics (http://www.plantbreeding.uga.edu), and bioinformatics (http://iob.uga.edu). Athens, GA, is consistently ranked highly for its quality of life and culture (https://www.visitathensga.com).


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Hello from ISHAM 2012

I am enjoying a wonderful visit to Berlin for the ISHAM 2012 conference. This meeting is at the intersection of clinical and basic researchers focused on Mycoses. Take a look at the program for a peek at what was presented. The sessions have covered a variety of tool-based, genetics, and applications of antifungals in treatments of mycoses. The connection to animal infections as well as human is especially important as there are some good lessons learned from each systems.

One thing that has become abundantly clear to me is the importance of Candida glabrata as a research system as well as clinically relavant system. I have been particularly interested in studies that have highlighted the variability in the cell wall such as work presented by Piet de Groot on Adhesins (see Kraneveld et al 2011). Jure Piskur gave a provocative talk on why C. glabrata is a haploid through some comparisons of forced diploids made in the lab and profiling of growth and metabolism. Geraldine Butler also gave a nice talk on evolution of the hypoxic response. Many other talks on C. glabrata that highlight its importance and distinct adaptations and this is clearly different from C. albicans.

Several other interesting sessions on fungal genomics, systems biology, evolution and comparative genomics of fungi, the fungal cell wall. For example, Carol Munro spoke about the new tools to develop the Candida ORFeome and over expression constructs. Several new genome sequences were described from Athlete’s foot, microsporida that infect C. elegans, basal Mucormycotina, and dandruff causing Malassezia fungi.

I also want to highlight that this has been one of the most organized and well run conferences I have been to in a while. The Interplan conference organizer really has done an excellent job and the bcc conference venue in Berlin is really well equipped. Let’s see more conferences in Berlin please!

Fear of Fungi!

The cover of Nature today highlights an article from Matthew Fisher and colleagues on the major impact that Fungi as emerging infectious diseases are playing on threatening diversity of ecosystems and agricultural productivity.

Fisher, M., Henk, D., Briggs, C., Brownstein, J., Madoff, L., McCraw, S., & Gurr, S. (2012). Emerging fungal threats to animal, plant and ecosystem health Nature, 484 (7393), 186-194 DOI: 10.1038/nature10947