Molecular Research

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Doris H. D'Souza
Foodborne pathogens

Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Madhu Dhar
Research Associate Professor

Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Shawn A. Hawkins
Associate Professor
Animal waste management

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Insect physiology and molecular pathology

Kurt H. Lamour
Molecular Epidemiology

Scott Lenaghan
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth More (Liz) Lennon
Assistant Professor

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Hwa-Chain (Robert) Wang
Molecular Oncology

Xuemin Xu
Research Pathobiology

Groups and Facilities

(1 mention)

Weed Diagnostics Center 
Diagnostic testing for weeds of crop and non-crop systems including turfgrass, ornamentals, and utility rights of way.

(1 mention)

Tree Physiology 
Physical environment impact on the growth and function of native tree species.


Utilizing Molecular Markers in Genetic Studies of Ornamental Plant Species, 2/14/2014



Faculty 360 | Tao Wu, 1/11/2018

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

Neal Stewart Nominated for UT President’s Discover Award, 10/9/2017

Department of Food Science Changes Name to Better Reflect Focus, 4/30/2017

Faculty 360 | Sindhu Jagadamma, 9/22/2016

New Ventures | Creative Agricultural Technologies, LLC, 2/25/2016

Faculty 360 | Meg Staton, 2/24/2016


Recent Publications

Transcriptomic and Metabolomic Profiling of Chicken Adipose Tissue: Dual Purpose Benefit for Human Obesity and Poultry Production Beckford, R, E. Tague, S. Campagna, and B. H. Voy.  2018.  Current Metabolomics. [Abstract]

Intra- and inter-molecular interactions of lignocellulosic biomass in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ionic liquid: solution spinnability and molecular orientation.  Nguyen, N., K. Kim, C. C. Bowland, J. K. Keum, L. T. Kearney, N. O. André, N. Labbe, and A. K. Naskar.  2018.  Frontiers in Biorefining, Chemicals and Products from Renewable Carbon, St Simons Island, GA, November 5-8, 2018.

A novel molecular toolkit for rapid detection of the pathogen and primary vector of thousand cankers disease Oren, E, W. E. Klingeman, R. Gazis, J. K. Moulton, P. L. Lambdin, M. Coggeshall, J. Hulcr, S. Seybold, and D. Hadziabdic.  2018.  PlosOne, 13(1): e0185087. [Abstract]

Registration of ‘TN09-008’ Soybean Cyst Nematode–Resistant Cultivar Pantalone, V. R., C. Smallwood, B. Fallen, C. Nyinyi Hatcher, and P. Arelli.  2018.  Journal of Plant Registrations, 12:309-313. [Abstract]

Culture-based quantification with molecular characterization of non-O157 and O157 enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli isolates from rectoanal mucosal swabs of feedlot cattle.  Stromberg, Z. R., G. L. Lewis, L. Schneider, G. E. Erickson, I. R. Patel, D. R. Smith, and R. A. Moxley.  2018.  Foodborne Pathogens and Disease.

Breeding for improved oil quality in high yielding soybean lines using molecular markers for selecting FAD2-1A, FAD2-1B, FAD3A and FAD3C mutant alleles to produce a high oleic, low linolenic (HOLL) soybean.  Willette, A.  2018.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Breeding soybeans for improved oil quality in high yielding lines using molecular markers for selecting FAD2-1A, FAD2-1B, FAD3A and FAD3C mutant alleles.  Willette, A., V. R. Pantalone, C. Smallwood, H. Bhandari, F. Chen, C. E. Sams, and V. R. Sykes.  2018.  National Soybean Breeders Workshop. [Abstract]

Breeding for improved oil quality in high yielding soybean lines using molecular markers for selecting fAD3A and FAD3C mutant alleles.  A. Willette, H. Bhandari, C. E. Sams, F. Chen, V. R. Sykes, C. Smallwood, and V. R. Pantalone.  2017.  World Soybean Research Conference 10, Poster completed and displayed in Plant Biotechnology Bldg. Conference cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. [Abstract]

Identification of molecular mechanisms of resistance to transgenic maize producing the Cry1Fa protein in different Spodoptera frugiperda populations.  Banerjee, R.  2017.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Mechanism and DNA-based detection of field-evolved resistance to transgenic Bt corn in fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) Banerjee, R., J. Hasler, R. Meagher, R. Nagoshi, L. Hietala, F. Huang, K. Narva, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2017.  Scientific Reports, 7(1): 10877. [Abstract]

Unraveling the Molecular Mechanism of Fat Deposition Through Dietary Manipulation and Feed Restriction.  Beckford, R  2017.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Molecular Phylogenetics and Piercer Evolution in the Bug-Killing Flies (Diptera: Tachinidae: Phasiinae).  Blaschke, J. D., J. O. Stireman, P. Cerretti, J. E. O'Hara, and J. K. Moulton.  2017.  Systematic Entomology.