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James R. Alfano

James R. Alfano
Professor
jalfano2@unl.edu

Education
  • Ph.D. Microbiology, Washington State University, 1993
  • B.S. Microbiology, San Diego State University, 1986
Academic Positions
  • 2011-present
    Director of the Undergraduate Program in Microbiology
  • 2010-present
    Charles Bessey Professor, Center for Plant Science Innovation and the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • 2007-2010
    Professor, Center for Plant Science Innovation and the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • 2002-2007
    Associate Professor, Plant Science Initiative and the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE and the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • 1997-2000
    Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV
  • 1993-1997
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Ming Guo

Ming Guo
Research Assistant Professor
mguo2@unl.edu

Education
  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University, China, 1998
  • M.S. Plant Pathology, Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University, China, 1989
  • B.S. Plant Protection, Jiangxi Agricultural University, China, 1986
Research Area

My research is focused on two general areas — Identifying targets of type III effectors and the roles that P. syringae oxidative stress enzymes play in virulence.

Publications

Block, A., M. Guo, G. Li., C. Elowsky, T.E. Clemente, and J.R. Alfano. 2009. The Pseudomonas syringae type III effector HopG1 targets mitochondria, alters plant development, and suppresses plant innate immunity. Cell. Microbiol.12: 318-330.

Guo, M., F. Tian, Y. Wamboldt, and J. R. Alfano. 2009. The majority of the type III effector inventory of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 can suppress plant immunity. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 22: 1069-1080.

Fu, Z. Q., M. Guo, B-r Jeong, F. Tian, T.E. Elthon, R.L. Cerny, D. Staiger, and J. R. Alfano. 2007. A type III effector ADP-ribosylates RNA-binding proteins and quells plant innate immunity. Nature 447: 284-288.

Guo, M., S.T. Chancey, F. Tian, Z.-X. Ge, Y. Jamir, and J.R. Alfano. 2005. Pseudomonas syringae type III chaperones ShcO1, ShcS1, and ShcS2 facilitate translocation of their cognate effectors and substitute for each other in the secretion of HopO1-1. J. Bacteriol. 187: 4257-4269.

Jamir, Y., M. Guo, H.-S. Oh, T. Petnicki-Ocwieja, S.-R. Chen, X. Tang, M.B. Dickman, A. Collmer, and J.R. Alfano. 2004. Identification of Pseudomonas syringae type III effectors that can suppress programmed cell death in plants and yeast. Plant J. 38: 554-567.

Guangyong Li

Guangyong Li
Research Assistant Professor
gli3@unl.edu

Education
  • Ph.D. Genetics, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 2004
  • M.S. Plant Pathology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China, 2000
  • B.S. Agronomy, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China, 1996
Research Area

Functional analysis of type III effectors.

Publications

Block, A., M. Guo, G. Li, C. Elowsky, T.E. Clemente, and J.R. Alfano. 2009. The Pseudomonas syringae type III effector HopG1 targets mitochondria, alters plant development and suppresses plant innate immunity. Cell. Microbiol. 12: 318-330

Block, A., G. Li, Z. Q. Fu, and J.R. Alfano. 2008. Phytopathogen type III effector weaponry and their plant targets. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 11: 396-403.

Li, G., K. Liu, S.A. Baldwin, D. Wang. 2003. Equilibrative nucleoside transporters of Arabidopsis thaliana: cDNA cloning, expression pattern, and analysis of transport activities. J Biol Chem. 278: 35732-35742.

Panya Kim

Panya Kim
Ph.D. Student
pkim025@gmail.com

Education
  • M.S. Plant Biology, University of California, Riverside, 2011
  • B.S. Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, South Korea, 2003
Tania Toruño

Tania Toruño
Ph.D. Student
ttoruno2@unl.edu

Education
  • B.S. Agricultural Science, Zamorano University, Honduras, 2005
Research Area

My research is focused on the characterization of the type III effector protein HopA1 from Pseudomonas syringae to elucidate its enzymatic activity and host targets.

Publications

Bai, X., V.R. Correa, T.Y. Toruño, E.-D. Ammar, S. Kamoun, and S.A. Hogenhout. 2009. AY-WB phytoplasma secretes a protein that targets plant cell nuclei. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 22:18-30.

Toruño, T. Y., Seruga, M., Simi, S., Nicolaisen, M., Hogenhout, S. A. 2010. Phytoplasma PMU1 exists as linear chromosome and circular extrachromosomal elements and has enhanced expression in insect vectors compared with plant hosts. Molecular Microbiology 77(6): 1406-1415.

Fan Yang

Fan Yang
Ph.D. Student
fan.yang@huskers.unl.edu

Education
  • M.S. Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, 2012
  • B.S. Plant Protection, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, 2008
Kate Lagerstrom

Kate Lagerstrom
Undergraduate Researcher
kate.marie93@aol.com

Charlie Solomon

Charlie Solomon
Undergraduate Researcher
csolomon93@hotmail.com

Gone... but not forgotten!

Anna Joe

Anna Joeannajoe_7@yahoo.com

Position Held
  • Graduate student (2008-2014)
Last known whereabouts
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
    UC Davis
Avelina Espinosa

Avelina Espinosaaespinosa@rwu.edu

Position Held
  • Postdoctoral Associate (2002-2004)
Last known whereabouts
  • Associate Professor
    Biology and Marine Biology Department
    Roger Williams University - Bristol, RI
Scott Chancey

Scott Chanceystchanc@emory.edu

Position Held
  • Postdoctoral Associate (2001-2003)
Last known whereabouts
  • Senior Research Associate - Emory University Medical School
Karin van Dijk

Karin van Dijkkarinvandijk@creighton.edu

Position Held
  • Postdoctoral Associate (1998-2001)
Last known whereabouts
  • Biochemistry Department - University of Nebraska
Yashitola Jamir

Yashitola Jamiryjamir@nl.edu

Position Held
  • Postdoctoral Associate (2001-2005)
Last known whereabouts
  • Research Assistant Professor - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Zhengqing Fu

Zhengqing Fuzfu@mailbox.sc.edu

Position Held
  • Graduate Student (2002-2008)
Last known whereabouts
  • Assistant Professor - University of South Carolina
Tanja Petnicki-Ocwieja

Tanja Petnicki-Ocwiejatpetnickiocwieja@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Position Held
  • Graduate Student (1998-2005)
Last known whereabouts
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine - Tufts University
Jennifer Hesson van Rooyen

Jennifer Hesson van Rooyenjenhesson@yahoo.com

Position Held
  • Graduate Student (2004-2008)
Last known whereabouts
  • High School Teacher - Bellevue West High School
    Bellevue, NE
Misty D. Wehling

Misty D. Wehlingmwehling@southeast.edu

Position Held
  • Graduate Student (2001-2003)
Last known whereabouts
  • Microbiology Instructor - Southeast Community College
    Lincoln, NE
Zhengxiang Ge

Zhengxiang GeZGE2@unl.edu

Position Held
  • Graduate Student (2003-2006)
Last known whereabouts
  • Technician - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Angela Hill Records

Angela Hill Recordsarecords@usaid.gov

Position Held
  • Graduate Student (1997-2000)
Last known whereabouts
  • Franklin Fellow - U.S. Agency for International Development
Huilan Wang

Huilan Wangxgyeb2@yahoo.com

Position Held
  • Lab Assistant
Last known whereabouts
  • Somewhere in China
Vincent C. Tam

Vincent C. Tamvincent.tam@seattlebiomed.org

Position Held
  • Undergraduate Researcher/Technician (2001-2003)
Last known whereabouts
  • Staff Scientist - Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
Andrew Karpisek

Andrew Karpisekakarpisek@hotmail.com

Position Held
  • Research Technician
Last known whereabouts
  • Medical Student - UNMC, Omaha, Nebraska
Byeong-ryool “BJ” Jeong (정병률)

Byeong-ryool “BJ” Jeong (정병률)bjeong@kaist.ac.kr

Position Held
  • Research Assistant Professor
Last known whereabouts
  • Research Professor - Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    South Korea
Fang "Tina" Tian

Fang "Tina" Tianftian@ippcaas.cn

Position Held
  • Graduate Student
Last known whereabouts
  • Assistant Professor - Institute of Plant Protection
    Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
    Beijing, 100193
    Phone: 010-62896063
Emerson Crabill

Emerson Crabillemerson.crabill@yale.edu

Position Held
  • Graduate Student
Last known whereabouts
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale University
Anna Block

Anna Blockablock2@unl.edu

Position Held
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
Last known whereabouts
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Former Undergraduate Researchers
Breeanna Ankerstjerne
Will Becker
Jorge Berrios
Crystal Bryan
Maria Baher
Ta Chen Chang
Vu Chu
Karen Cooper
Matt Dale
Jeremy Ellermeier
Heeyup Ghim
Ashley Gutwein
Meredith Hanks
Tony Hentzen
Jonathan Hicks
Dane Ingebrigtson
Mike Irvin
McKenzie Jarecki
Kyle Johnson
Jordan Kocina
Zegbeh Kpadeh
Tony Macdissi
Jason Macrander
Sean McGrann
Nichole Mueller
Kim Nguyen
Chris Patel
Gavin Rukholm
James Ransdell
Ian Rochford
Jessica Ryba
Tim Rye
Caroline Sangari
Prashanta Sapkota
Mathew Schaecher
Patrick Seitz
Namarig Soumit
Nicole Stanton
Michele Tafoya
Michael Virata
Evan Wearne
Hui Ping Yeoh
Matt Zeleny