Fungal Biology Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Chang Hyun Khang ( or visiting the Fungal Biology website.

Fungi range from microscopic, single-celled yeasts to vast underground mycelial colonies covering hundreds of acres. They are heterotrophs that play major roles in recycling environmental carbon, cause diseases of plants and animals, and make many industrial products. Because they are more closely related to animals than to plants and because their biology and genetics are easily manipulated, fungi are great models organisms.

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Jonathan Arnold
Professor Bioinformatics; Genetics

Fungal gene regulatory and biochemical networks,and biological clocks.

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Maor Bar-Peled
Associate Professor Plant Biology

Molecular cell biology of the wall, Biofuel and BioEnergy, Golgi as model for System biology, Plant Immunity.

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Douda Bensasson
Assistant Professor Bioinformatics; Plant Biology

Genome bioinformatics, ecological and evolutionary genomics of yeast.

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David J. Garfinkel
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Retrovirus-like transposons in budding yeast, factors that modulate retrotransposition and genome stability.

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Claiborne V. C. Glover
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Protein phosphorylation in budding yeast.

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Chang Hyun Khang
Assistant Professor Plant Biology

Mechanisms of disease and immunity in the rice blast system; Fungal effector proteins; Nutrient uptake in fungi.

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Zachary Lewis
Assistant Professor Microbiology

Chromatin structure and function; Epigenetics; Eukaryotic genome stability; Histone H1.

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Xiaorong Lin
Professor Microbiology

Human fungal pathogens, sexual reproduction and development in fungal pathogenesis

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Michelle Momany
Professor Plant Biology

Cellular and molecular biology of polar growth in fungi.

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Walter K. Schmidt Jr.
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular cell biology and biochemistry of proteases associated with isoprenylated protein maturation and amyloidogenic peptide degradation; cancer; Alzheimer’s disease.

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Vincent Starai
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases; Microbiology

Bacterial modulation of eukaryotic membrane dynamics for intracellular survival; SNARE-dependent membrane fusion biochemistry.

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