There can be no better time to be a scientist.   I do basic research on the biology of oomycete pathogens and high quality sequence information is available for many of these pathogens http://annuminas.vbi.vt.edu/.    Oomycetes have a very interesting evolutionary history because both organellar transfer of genes from the ancestral symbiont and horizontal transfer of genes from bacterial genomes make these genomes very distinctive.   As someone who also teaches genetics, it has been particularly rewarding to look at some of the novel genetic mechanisms that have contributed to both the divergence of their genome from other eukaryotes,

I was trained as a plant biologist using Arabidopsis http://www.arabidopsis.org/ as a model plant to study the photorespiratory pathway.  Although I once vowed never to work with that pesky weed ever again, we are actively characterizing plant polyamine transporters with the long term goal of understanding how long distance transport of these compounds contribute to the plant response to stress and environmental signals. 

Second generation sequencing is a transformative technology. Together with other colleagues in the department we are using this technology to examine gene expression and genomic diversity of the winter algal bloom under the ice of lake Erie.

With support from a multi-center USDA grant to engineer resistance against oomycete pathogens, headed by Brett Tyler,  we have initiated an undergraduate training program in molecular biology and genome annotation of oomycetes. I am particularly looking for undergraduates who are interested in research as a potential career option.

Kids’ Tech University at BGSU is a new educational outreach program that I have launched in 2012  with the help of 4H extension of Ottawa  and Wood Counties.

What’s on my mind

Contact Information

Prof. Paul F Morris

Pmorris@bgsu.edu

419 372 0481

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