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.



UTIA Researchers Develop Kit for Chloroplast Engineering in Plants, 3/25/2019

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

Chapter 28: Molecular Tools Used in Medical and Veterinary Entomology D. Nayduch, P. Olafson, and R. T. Trout Fryxell.  2019.  Medical and Veterinary Entomology 3rd Edition. Academic Press, Durden LA and Mullen GB, editors.

Evolution of olfactory functions on the fire ant social chromosome A. Cohanim, E. Amsalem, R. Saad, D. D. Shoemaker, and E. Privman.  2018.  Genome Biology and Evolution, 10: 2947-2960. [Abstract]

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]

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.  2018.  Systematic Entomology, 43, 218–238. [Abstract]

Terpenoid secondary metabolites in bryophytes: chemical diversity, biosynthesis and biological functions Chen, F., A. Ludwiczuk, G. Wei, X. Chen, B. Crandall-Stotler, and J. L. Bowman.  2018.  critical review in plant sciences. [Abstract]

Genetic analyses reveal cryptic diversity in the native North American fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Solenopsis) Chialvo, P., D. Gotzek, D. D. Shoemaker, and K. Ross.  2018.  Systematic Entomology, 43: 109-122. [Abstract]

Beta-hydroxybutyrate Infusion Identifies Acute Differentially Expressed Genes Related to Metabolism and Reproduction in the Hypothalamus and Pituitary of Sheep Cope, E., B. H. Voy, B. Whitlock, M. E. Staton, T. Lane, J. Davitt, and J. T. Mulliniks.  2018.  Physiological Genomics, Jun 1;50(6):468-477. Epub 2018 Apr 6. [Abstract]

Effect of Environmental Weathering on Microbial Assimilation of Biodegradable Mulch Films.  Cowan-Banker, C. D., M. B. Anunciado, L. C. Wadsworth, and D. G. Hayes.  2018.  15th International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites, and Biorefining, July 24 – 27, 2018, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. [Abstract]

Effect of Environmental Weathering on Microbial Assimilation of Biodegradable Mulch Films.  Cowan-Banker, C. D., M. B. Anunciado, L. C. Wadsworth, and D. G. Hayes.  2018.  25th BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS) Annual Meeting, August 15-17, 2018, Troy, NY. [Abstract]

A new genus, Protaustrosimulium, for four species of Australian black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae) Currie, D. C., D. A. Craig, and J. K. Moulton.  2018.  Zootaxa, 4521(3): 301–334. [Abstract]

Pleiotropic and Epistatic Network-Based Discovery: Integrated Networks for Target Gene Discovery D. Weighill, P. Ranjan, et al.  2018.  Frontiers in Energy Research. [Abstract]

Positive selection on sociobiological traits in invasive fire ants E. Privman, P. Cohen, A. Cohanim, O. Riba-Grognuz, D. D. Shoemaker, and L. Keller.  2018.  Molecular Ecology, 27(15): 3116-3130. [Abstract]