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Curriculum Vitae

Donald Y. Kobayashi
Title

Professor




Department of Plant Biology & Pathology

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences - Foran Hall

Phone: (732) 932-6393

Fax: (732) 932-9377

E-mail: Kobayashi@aesop.rutgers.edu


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

59 Dudley Road

New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520
Educational History

Ph.D. 1988, Plant Pathology; University of California, Riverside

B.S. 1983, Microbiology; University of Washington
Professional Appointments

Jul, 2016 - present: Chair, Department of Plant Biology & Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

2013-2016: Director, Undergraduate Program in Plant Biology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

2014-2015: Director, Undergraduate Program in Biotechnology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

2014-2015: Director, Undergraduate Program in Agriculture and Food Systems, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

2012-present: Executive Committee member, Department of Plant Biology & Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

2009-2014: Associate Director, Undergraduate Program in Biotechnology; School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

2006-2008: Senior Editor, Phytopathology (International flagship journal of the American Phytopathological Society)

2000-2002: Associate Editor, Phytopathology

1991-Present: Faculty Member, Center for Turfgrass Science, Cook College, Rutgers University

2008-present: Professor, Department of Plant Biology & Pathology, Rutgers University

1996-2008: Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology & Pathology, Rutgers University

1990-1996: Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Rutgers University

1990 (Mar-Aug): Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (M.M. Stayton, advisor)

1988-1990: Associate Research Scientist, Division of Microbial Pesticides, DNA Plant Technology, Inc., Oakland, CA (T.V. Suslow, Division Leader)
SCHOLARLY ACTIVITES

Publications

Saraihom, S., Kobayashi, D.Y., Lotrakul, P., Prasongsuk, S., Eveleigh, D.E., and Punnapayak, H. 2016. First report of a tropical Lysobacter enzymogenes producing bifunctional endoglucanse activity towards carboxymethylcellulose and chitosan. Ann. Microbiol. 66:906-919 DOI: 10.1007/s13213-015-1170-6.

de Bruijn, I., Cheng, X., de Jager, V., Gomez Exposito, R., Watrous, J., Patel, J., Postma, J., Dorrestein, P.C., Kobayashi, D.Y., and Raaijmakers, R.M. 2015. Comparative genomics and metabolic profiling of the genus Lysobacter. BMC Genomics 16:991 DOI 10.1186/s12864-015-2191-z.

Mathioni, S.M., Patel, N., Riddick, B., Sweigard, J.A., Czymmek, K.J., Caplan, J.L., Kunjeti, S.G., Kunjeti, S., Raman, V., Hillman, B.I., Kobayashi, D.Y., Donofrio, N.M. 2013. Transcriptomics of the Rice Blast Fungus Magnaporthe oryzae in Response to the Bacterial Antagonist Lysobacter enzymogenes reveals candidate fungal defense response genes. PLos One 8:e76487.

Patel, N., Oudemans, P.V., Hillman, B.I., and Kobayashi, D.Y. 2013. Use of the tetrazolium salt MTT to measure cell viability effects of the bacterial antagonist Lysobacter enzymogenes on the filamentous fungus Cryphonectria parasitica. Ant. van Leeuwen. 103:1271-1280.

Kidarsa, T.A., Shaffer, B.T., Goebel, N.C., Roberts, D.P., Buyer, J.S., Johnson, A., Kobayashi, D.Y., Zabriskie, T.M., Paulsen, I., and Loper, J.E. 2013. Genes expressed by the biological control bacterium Pseudomonas protegens Pf-5 on seed surfaces under the control of the global regulators GacA and RpoS. Env. Microbiol. 15:716-735.

Loper, J.E., Hassan, K.A, Mavrodi, D.V., Davis, E.W., Lim, C.K, Shaffer, B.T., Elbourne, L.D.H., Stockwell, V.O., Hartney, S.L., Breakwell, K., Henkels, M.D., Tetu, S.G., Rangel, L.I., Kidarsa, T.A., Wilson, N.L., van de Mortel, J.E., Song, C., Blumhagen, R., Radune, D., Hostetler, J.B, Brinkac, L.M., Durkin, A.S., Kluepfel, D.A., Wechter, W.P., Anderson, A.J., Kim, Y.C., Pierson, L.S., Pierson, E.A., Lindow, S.E., Kobayashi, D.Y., Raaijmakers, J.M., Weller, D.M., Thomashow, L.S., Allen, A.E. and Paulsen, I.T. 2012. Comparative genomics of plant-associated Pseudomonas spp.: Insights into diversity and inheritance of traits involved in multitrophic interactions. PLos Genetics 8: e1002784.

Roberts, D.P. and Kobayashi, D.Y.  2011.  Impact of spatial heterogeneity within spermosphere and rhizosphere environments on performance of bacterial biological control agents.  Pp. 111- 130.  In D.K. Maheshwari, Ed.  Bacteria in Agrobiology: Crop Ecosystems.  Springer, New York.  434 pp.

Kobayashi, D.Y., and Crouch, J.A. 2009. Bacterial-fungal interactions: from pathogens to mutualistic endosymbionts. Annu. Rev. Phytopathol. 47:63-82.

Roberts, D.P. Baker, C.J., McKenna, L., Liu, S., Buyer, J.S., and Kobayashi, D.Y. 2009. Influence of host seed on metabolic activity of Enterobacter cloacae in the spermosphere. Soil Biol. & Biochem. 41: 754-761.

Ma, J., Kobayashi, D.Y., and Yee, N. 2009. Role of menaquinone biosynthesis genes in selenate reduction by Enterobacter cloacae SLD1a-1 and Escherichia coli K12. Env. Microbiol. 11:149-158.

Pielach, C.A., Roberts, D.A. and Kobayashi, D.Y. 2008. Metabolic behavior of bacterial biological control agents in the soil and rhizosphere. Adv. Appl. Microbiol. 65:199-215.

Yee, N. and Kobayashi, D.Y. 2008. The molecular genetics of selenate reduction by Enterobacter cloacae SLD1a-1. Adv. Appl. Microbiol. 64:108-120.

Ma, J., Kobayashi, D.Y. and Yee, N. 2007. Chemical kinetic and molecular genetic study of selenium oxyanion reduction by Enterobacter cloacae SLD1a-1. Env. Sci. Tech. 41:7795-7801.

Yee, N., Ma, J., Dalia, A., Boonfueng, T. and Kobayashi, D.Y. 2007. Se(VI) reduction and the precipitation of Se(0) by the facultative bacterium Enterobacter cloacae SLD1a-1 is regulated by FNR. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73:1914-1920.

Kobayashi, DY. and Yuen, G.Y. 2007. The potential of Lysobacter spp. for biological control of plant diseases. CAB Reviews: Persp. Agr. Vet. Sci. Nutr. Nat. Res. 2: no. 007 11pp (on-line journal -- www.cababstractsplus.org/cabReviews/reviews.asp).

Loper, J.E., Kobayashi, D.Y. and Paulsen, I.T. 2007. The genomic sequence of Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5: Insights into biological control. Phytopathology 97:233-238.

Chen, J., Moore, W.H., Yuen, G.Y., Kobayashi, D. and Caswell-Chen, E.P. 2006. Influence of Lysobacter enzymogenes strain C3 on nematodes. J. Nematol. 38:233-239.

Kobayashi, D.Y., and Yuen, G.Y. 2005. The role of clp-regulated factors in antagonism against Magnaporthe poae and biological control of summer patch disease of Kentucky bluegrass by Lysobacter enzymogenes C3. Can. J. Microbiol. 51:719-723.

Paulsen, I.T., Press, C., Ravel, J., Kobayashi, D.Y., Myers, G.S.A., Mavrodi, D.V., DeBoy, R.T., Seshadri, R., Ren, Q., Madupu, R., Dodson, R.J., Durkin, A.S., Brinkac, L.M., Daugherty, S.C., Sullivan, S.A., Rosovitz, M.J., Gwinn, M.L., Zhou, L., Nelson, W.C., Weidman, J., Watkins, K., Tran, K., Khouri, H., Pierson, E.A., Pierson, L.S., III, Thomashow, L.S., and Loper, J.E. 2005. Complete genome sequence of the plant commensal Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5: insights into the biological control of plant disease. Nat. Biotech. 23:873-878.

Palumbo, J.D., Yuen, G.Y., Jochum, C.C., Tatum, K., and Kobayashi, D.Y. 2005. Mutagenesis of β-1,3-glucanase genes in Lysobacter enzymogenes strain C3 results in reduced biological control activity towards Bipolaris leaf spot of tall fescue and Pythium damping off of sugarbeet. Phytopathology 95: 701-707.

Kobayashi, D.Y., Reedy, R.M., Palumbo, J.D., Zhou, J.-M. and Yuen, G. 2005. A clp gene homologue belonging to the Crp gene family globally regulates lytic enzyme production, antimicrobial activity and biological control activity expressed by Lysobacter enzymogenes strain C3. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 71: 261-269.


Kobayashi, D.Y. and Hillman, B.I. 2005. Fungi, Bacteria and Viruses as Pathogens of the Fungal Community. In The Fungal Community, J. Dighton, J. White and P. Oudemans, eds. CRC Press, Boca Raton. Pages 399-421.

Li, H.M., Sullivan, R., Moy, M., Kobayashi, D.Y., and Belanger, F.C. 2004. Expression of a novel chitinase by the fungal endophyte in Poa ampla. Mycologia 96: 526-536.

Fogg, M.L., Reedy, R., Kobayashi, D.Y., Johnston, S.A., Kline, W.L. 2004. Occurrence of bacterial blight of fenugreek in New Jersey caused by Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae and isolation of the pathogen from infested seed. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 26:129-133.

Palumbo, J.D., Sullivan, R. and Kobayashi, D.Y. 2003. Molecular characterization and expression in Escherichia coli of three -1,3-glucanase genes from Lysobacter enzymogenes strain N4-7. J. Bacteriol. 185:4362-4370.

Sullivan, R.F., Holtman, M.A., Zylstra, G.J., White, J.F. and Kobayashi, D.Y. 2003. Identification of two biological control agents for plant diseases as Lysobacter enzymogenes based on phylogenetic analysis of 16S rDNA, fatty acid composition and phenotypic characteristics. J. Appl. Microbiol. 94:1079-1086.

Lohrke, S.M., Dery, P.D., Reedy, R., Kobayashi, D., Roberts, D.P. 2002. Mutation in an rpiA  homologue in Enterobacter cloacae decreases colonization and biocontrol of damping-off on cucumber caused by Pythium ultimum. Molec. Plant Microbe Interact. 15: 817-825.

Kobayashi, D.Y., Reedy, R.M., Bick, J.A., and Oudemans, P.V. 2002. Characterization of a chitinase gene from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and its involvement in biological control. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 68:1047-1054.

Braun, P.G., Hildebrand, P.D., Ells, T.C. and Kobayashi, D.Y. 2001. Evidence and characterization of a gene cluster required for the production of viscosin, a lipopeptide biosurfactant, by a strain of Pseudomonas fluorescens. Can. J. Microbiol. 47:294-301.

Sreedhar, L., Kobayashi, D.Y., Bunting, T.E., Hillman, B.I., and Belanger, F.C., 1999. Fungal proteinase expression in the interaction of a plant pathogen with its host. Gene 235:121-129.

Kobayashi, D.Y. and Palumbo, J.D. 2000. Bacterial endophytes and their effect and potential use in agriculture. In Microbial Endophytes of Plants. C.W. Bacon and J.F. White, eds., Marcel Dekker, New York. Pages 199-233.

Roberts, D.P. and Kobayashi, D.Y. 2000. Hyphal Lysis. In Encyclopedia of Plant Pathology.  O.C. Maloy and T.D. Murray, eds. John Wiley and Sons, New York. Pages 558-559.

Kobayashi, D.Y., Palumbo, J.D. and Holtman, M.A. 2000. Potential for use of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and a related bacterial species for the control of soil-borne turfgrass diseases. In Fate of Turfgrass Chemicals and Pest Management Approaches. American Chemical Society Books, M.J. Clark and M. Kenna, eds. Boston. Pages 353-362.

Roberts, D.P., Dery, P.D., Yucel, I., Buyer, J., Holtman, M.A. and Kobayashi, D.Y. 1999. Role of pfkA and general carbohydrate catabolism in seed colonization by Enterobacter cloacae. Appl. Environ. Microbiol: 65:2513-2519.

Roberts, D.P., Kobayashi, D.Y., Dery, P.D. and Short Jr., N.M. 1999. An image analysis method for determination of spatial colonization patterns of bacteria in plant rhizosphere. Appl. Microbiol. Biotech. 51:653-658.

Thompson, D.C., Kobayashi, D.Y., and Clarke, B.B. 1998. Isolation of rhizosphere competent bacteria for the suppression of suppression of summer patch disease on Kentucky bluegrass, and their establishment in field turfgrass. Soil Biol. Biochem. 30:257-263.

Hanekamp, T., Kobayashi, D., Hayes, S., and Stayton, M.M. 1997. Avirulence gene D of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato may have undergone horizontal gene transfer. FEBS Let. 415:40-44.

Holtman, M.A. and Kobayashi, D.Y. 1997. Identification of Rhodococcus erythropolis isolates capable of degrading the fungicide carbendazim. Appl. Microbiol. Biotech. 47:578-582.

Kobayashi, D.Y. and Holtman, M.A. 1997. Isolation of chitinolytic bacteria for biological control of plant diseases. In The Chitin Handbook. R. Muzzarelli and M.G. Peter, eds., Atec, Grottammare, Italy. Pages 297-303.

Roberts, D.P., and Kobayashi, D.Y. 1997. Behavior of biocontrol bacteria in the spermosphere and rhizosphere. In Recent Research Developments in Plant Pathology. Research Signpost Publ., Trivandrum. Pages 137-147.

Gould, A.B., Kobayashi, D.Y. and Bergen, M.S. 1996. Identification of bacteria for biological control of Botrytis cinerea on petunia using a petal disk assay. Plant Dis. 80:1029-1033.

Thompson, D.C., Clarke, B., and Kobayashi, D.Y. 1996. Evaluation of bacterial antagonists for the reduction of summer patch symptoms in Kentucky bluegrass. Plant Dis. 80:856-862.

Kobayashi, D.Y. and El-Barrad, N. 1996. Selection of bacterial antagonists using enrichment cultures for the control of summer patch disease of Kentucky bluegrass. Cur. Microbiol. 32:106-110.

Kobayashi, D.Y., Guglielmoni, M. and Clarke, B. 1995. Isolation of the chitinolytic bacteria Xanthomonas maltophilia and Serratia marcescens as biological control agents for summer patch disease of turfgrass. Soil Biol. Biochem. 27:1479-1487.

Kobayashi, D.Y., Stretch, A.W. and Oudemans, P.V. 1995. A bacterial leaf spot of highbush blueberry hardwood cuttings caused by Pseudomonas andropogonis. Plant Dis. 79:839-842.

Lorang, J.M., Shen, H., Kobayashi, D., Cooksey, D. and Keen, N.T. 1994. avrA and avrE in Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato PT23 play a role in virulence on tomato plants. Molec. Plant Microbe Inter. 7:508-515.

Keen, N.T., Shen, H., Lorang, J. and Kobayashi, D.Y. 1992. Developments in the interaction of bacterial avirulence genes and plant resistance genes. Fallen Leaf Lake Conference on Molecular Biology of Bacterial Plant Pathogens.



Tamaki, S.J., Kobayashi, D.Y. and Keen, N.T. 1991. Sequence domains required for the activity of avirulence genes avrB and avrC from Pseudomonas syringae pv. glycinea. J. Bacteriol. 173:301-307.

Kobayashi, D.Y., Tamaki, S.J., and Keen, N.T. 1990. Molecular characterization of avirulence gene D from Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato. Molec. Plant-Microbe Inter. 3:94-102.

Kobayashi, D.Y., Tamaki, S.J., Trollinger, D.J., Gold, S. 1990. A gene from Pseudomonas syringae pv. glycinea with homology to avirulence gene D from P.s. pv. tomato but devoid of the avirulence phenotype. Molec. Plant-Microbe Inter. 3:103-111.

Keen, N.T., Tamaki, S., Kobayashi, D., Gerhold, D., Stayton, M., Shen, H., Gold, S., Lorang, J., Thordal-Christensen, H., Dahlbeck, D., and Staskawicz, B. 1990. Bacteria expressing avirulence gene D produce a specific elicitor of the soybean hypersensitive reaction. Molec. Plant-Microbe Inter. 3:112-121.

Keen, N.T., Kobayashi, D, Tamaki, S., Shen, H., Stayton, M., Lawrence, D., Sharma, A., Midland, S., Smith, M.. and Sims, J. 1990. Avirulence gene D from Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato and its interaction with resistance gene Rpg4 in soybean. 5th International Symposium on the Molecular Genetics of Plant-Microbe Interactions.

Keen, N.T., Tamaki, S., Kobayashi, D., Stayton, M., Gerhold, D., Shen, H., Gold, S., Lorang, J. and Thordal-Christensen, H. 1989. Characterization and function of avirulence genes from Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato. In Signal Molecules in Plants and Plant-Microbe Interactions. NATO ASI Series, Vol. H36. B.J.J. Lugtenberg, Ed. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. pp. 183-188.

Kobayashi, D.Y., Tamaki, S.J., and Keen, N.T. 1989. Cloned avirulence genes from the tomato pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato confer cultivar specificity on soybean. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 86:157-161.

Keen, N.T., Tamaki, S., Kobayashi, D., and Trollinger, D. 1988. Improved broad-host-range plasmids for DNA cloning in gram-negative bacteria. Gene 70:191-197.

Manulis, S., Kobayashi, D.Y., and Keen, N.T. 1988. Molecular cloning and sequencing of a pectate lyase gene from Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. J. Bacteriol. 170:1825-1830.

Brajtburg, J., Kobayashi, D., Medoff, G., and Kobayashi, G.S. 1982. Antifungal action of amphotericin B in combination with other polyene or imidazole antibiotics. J. Infect. Dis. 146:138-146.


Patents

Kobayashi, D.Y. Chitinase from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. U.S. Patent No.: 6,399,858 (issued June 4, 2002).


Presentations

Invited research and meeting symposia seminars:

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Population Genetics of Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex infecting oak in the northeastern United States. (Apr. 20, 2016).

The Third Thai-American Symposium on Plant Biomass, Biotechnology and Agriculture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Title: Bacterial leaf scorch of oak, a drought stress-enhanced disease cause by Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex. (July 15, 2015) co-Keynote Speaker.

International Symposium on Plant Response to Stresses, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China. Title: Evaluating populations of Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex, causative agent of bacterial leaf scorch of oak in northeastern United States. (Jun, 17, 2015)

Department of Botany, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Title: Genomic characterization of extracellular enzymes produced by Lysobacter enzymogenes. (Jan. 16, 2014)

American Phytopathological Society/International Society for the Plant Protection Sciences 2011 Joint Annual Meeting Special Session Symposium: What else is there? New genes, metabolites and regulatory pathways involved in biocontrol by bacteria, Honolulu, HI. Seminar Title: Pathogenesis as a mechanism of biological control by Lysobacter enzymogenes. (Aug, 2011)

USDA/NIFA Microbial Biology and Microbial Functional Genomics Programs Awardee Meeting, Washington DC. Title: The role of contact dependent mechanisms in bacterial pathogenesis of fungal hosts (Jul. 27, 2011).

Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Title: Contact dependent mechanisms mediate pathogenesis of fungal hosts by Lysobacter enzymogenes (Apr. 29, 2011).

Department of Botany, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Title: Lysobacter enzymogenes: A model for bacterial pathogenesis of lower eukaryotes and biological control of plant diseases (Apr. 5, 2011).

Royal Golden Jubilee - Ph.D. Congress XII, Pattaya, Thailand. Title: The genome sequence of the soil bacterium Lysobacter enzymogenes reveals new insights into microbial antagonism and biological control of plant diseases (Apr. 2, 2011).

Northeast Division American Phytopathological Society 2010 Annual Meeting Special Session Symposium: Emerging Trends in Plant Management, Northampton, MA. Presentation title: Using genomic approaches to enhance the effectiveness of biocontrol products (Oct 29, 2010).

8th International PGPR Workshop, Portland, OR. Presentation title: Lysobacter enzymogenes, a biocontrol agent that establishes pathogenic interactions with a broad range of lower eukaryotes (May 22, 2009).

Potomac Division American Phytopathological Society 2009 Annual Meeting Special Session Symposium: Biological Control of Soilborne Pathogens, Gettysburg, PA. Presentation title: Are Biocontrol Agents What They Eat? Nutrient Availability Effects on Expression of Biocontrol Traits in Rhizobacteria (Mar 26, 2009).

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Title: Lysobacter enzymogenes: A model for bacterial pathogenesis of lower eukaryotes and biological control of plant diseases (Apr. 25, 2008).

NSF/USDA Microbial Genome Sequencing Program Awardee Workshop 2008 Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Deigo, CA. Seminar title: The genome sequence of Lysobacter enzymogenes: Insights into bacterial pathogenesis of lower eukaryotes (Jan. 12, 2008).

Department of Biology, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY. Title: Lysobacter enzymogenes: A model for bacterial pathogenesis of lower eukaryotes (Dec. 7, 2007).

American Phytopathological Society/Society of Nematology 2007 Joint Annual Meeting Special Session Symposium: Interkingdom Encounters in the Phyllosphere, San Diego, CA. Seminar Title: Lysobacter-Magnaporthe Interactions: A Model for Bacterial Pathogenesis of Fungi. (July 30, 2007)

USDA/ARS Research Station, Salinas, CA. Seminar title: Lysobacter enzymogenes: a model for biological control and bacterial pathogenesis of lower eukaryotes (April 4, 2007).

USDA/ARS Western Regional Research Center, Albany, CA. Seminar title: Lysobacter enzymogenes: a model for biological control and bacterial pathogenesis of lower eukaryotes (April 3, 2007).

American Phytopathological Society 2006 Annual Meeting Special Session Symposium: Exploiting Microbial Diversity for New Agents to Biologically Control Plant Diseases: Myxobacteria and Lysobacter spp. Quebec City, QC, Canada. Presentation title: Molecular mechanisms of interactions between Lysobacter enzymogenes and plant pathogens (Aug. 2, 2006).

NJAES Distinguished Lecture Seminar in Microbiology and Biochemistry, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Title: Lysobacter enzymogenes: a model for mycopathogenic bacteria with applications in biological control (Mar. 6, 2002).

Fate of Turfgrass Chemicals and Pest Management Approaches Symposium, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA. Title: The potential for Use of Stenotrophomonas and a Related Bacterial Species for the Control of Soil-Borne Turfgrass Diseases (Aug. 1998).

Eastern Regional Conference on the Ecology of Root-Infecting Microorganisms, Orlando, FL. Title: Chitinolytic bacteria for biological control of turfgrass diseases (Apr. 1997).

USDA/ARS Biological Control of Plant Diseases Laboratory, Beltsville, MD. Title: Development of Antagonistic Bacteria for Biocontrol of Root-Infecting Turfgrass diseases (Apr 1997).

Department of Plant Pathology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Title: The development of Microbial Pesticides for Turfgrass Diseases (Apr. 1994).

USDA/ARS, North Atlantic Area Eastern Regional Research Center, Philadelphia, PA. Title: Characterization of avirulence genes cloned from Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato (Dec. 1992).

Cook College-Rutgers University, Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry, New Brunswick, NJ. Title: Characterization of avirulence genes from Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato (May, 1992).

University of Missouri, Department of Plant Pathology, Columbia, MO. Title: Characterization of avirulence genes from Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato (Sep. 1988).

University of Arizona, Department of Plant Pathology, Tucson, AZ. Title: Avirulence genes as host range determinants in Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato (May, 1988).

Arrowhead Genetics Conference, Lake Arrowhead, CA. Title: Characterization of avirulence genes in Pseudomonas syringae pathovars (Nov. 1987).


Other research presentations:

2012 Rutgers University Microbiology Mini-Symposium. Title: Role of pathogenicity mechanisms during interactions between the bacterial biocontrol agent Lysobacter enzymogenes and fungal hosts (Feb. 3, 2012).

21st Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Title: Novel Strategies for Biorational Approaches to Turfgrass Disease Control – A Genomics Approach (Jan. 6, 2012).

SEBS/NJAES Symposium for Applied and Environmental Genomics. Title: The Genomics of Biological Control: Novel Approaches for Plant Disease Control (Dec. 9, 2011).

Nineteenth Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Title: the Atkins approach to Biological Control: Does the High Protein/Low Carbohydrate Diet of Lysobacter enzymogenes specify host preference? (Jan. 11, 2010).

3rd Annual Rutgers University Microbiology Mini-Symposium: Microbiology at Rutgers University: Cultivating Traditions, Current Strength, and Future Frontiers, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Title: Genomic insights into pathogenicity mechanisms utilized by Lysobacter enzymogenes, an intracellular bacterial pathogen of lower eukaryotes (Jan. 30, 2009).

Eighteenth Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Title: From Field of Genes to Field of Dreams: How Genomic Approaches are Improving Biological Controls for Turfgrass Diseases (Jan. 12, 2009).

Tenth Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium, Cook College. Title: Bacterial Wilt of Turfgrass (Jan. 12, 2001).

Eight Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium, Cook College. Title: Biological control of turfgrass diseases: field trials and tribulations (Jan. 15, 1999).

The American Cranberry Growers Association Open House, Chatsworth, NJ. Title: Biological Control of Cranberry Fruit Rot (Aug. 1997).

Sixth Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium. Cook College-Rutgers University. Title: Characterization of a chitinase gene from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia 34S1, and establishment of its role in biological control of summer patch (Jan. 1997).

Fifth Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium. Cook College-Rutgers University. Title: Summer patch disease development as influenced by pathogen inoculum density, pathogen inoculum placement, seed density and repeated applications of the biocontrol bacterium, Xanthomonas maltophilia (Jan. 1996).

Fourth Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium. Cook College-Rutgers University. Title: Biological Control of Summer Patch Disease (Jan. 1995).

1995 North American Cranberry Research and Extension Workers Conference. Cherry Hill, NJ. Title: Isolation of bacterial antagonists for biological control of cranberry fruit rot (Oct. 1995).

1995 Blueberry Open House Meeting. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Title: A Bacterial Leaf Spot of Highbush Blueberry Hardwood Cuttings Caused by Pseudomonas andropogonis (Apr. 1995).

New Jersey Turfgrass Expo, Atlantic City, NJ. Title: Biological Control of Summer Patch Disease (Dec. 1994).

Second Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium. Cook College-Rutgers University. Title: Development of Bacteria as microbial pesticides to control summer patch disease: strategies for improving biological control performances (Jan. 1993).

First Annual Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium. Cook College-Rutgers University. Title: Using bacteria as biological control agents against the summer patch pathogen, Magnaporthe poae (Dec. 1991).


Invited topic presentations:

Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ. Title: The Undergraduate Program in Biotechnology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. (Oct. 15, 2014)

Maurice Hawk Elementary School, West Windsor/Plainsboro School District, Mercer County, NJ. Title: Plants get sick too! (Dec. 1, 2010).

Mercer County Master Gardeners, Mercer County, NJ. Title: Biologicals as Alternatives for Plant Disease Control: Past, Present and Future (Nov. 3, 2008).

Empire State Green Industry Show, Rochester, NY. Title: Alternative Forms of Turf Disease Control (Nov. 14, 2007).

Mercer County Master Gardeners, Mercer County, NJ. Title: Biological Control of Plant Diseases (June 7, 2004).

New Jersey Turfgrass Expo, Atlantic City, NJ. Title: Biological Controls for Turfgrass Diseases. Do they work? (Dec. 2000).

Turf Partners Pesticide Re-certification Seminar, Turf Partners, West Boylston, MA. Title: Development of Bacterial Biocontrol Agents for Root Diseases of Turfgrass. (Dec. 1998)



1997 New Jersey Vegetable Growers’ Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ. Title: Bacterial diseases and their control in cilantro and arrugula (Jan. 1997).

New Jersey Turfgrass Expo, Somerset, NJ. Title: Biological control of turfgrass diseases (Dec., 1992).

32nd Grass Breeders Work Planning Conference, Cook College-Rutgers University. Title: Approaches to using bacteria for biological control of summer patch disease (Sep. 1992).



Other presentations:

2014 SEBS Office of Special Program, Equal Opportunity Fund Summer Program. Title: Career opportunities in Agricultural Sciences. (July 8, 2014).

1998 Rutgers Turfgrass Field Day. Title: Field Application for the Biological Control of Summer Patch (Aug.5 and 6, 1998).

1997 Rutgers Turfgrass Field Day. Title: Field Application for the Biological Control of Summer Patch (Aug., 1997).

1994 Rutgers Turfgrass Field Day. Title: Field Application for the Biological Control of Summer Patch (Aug. 1994).
Grant Support

External competitive:

Characterizing bacterial wilt, a new and potentially devastating disease of blueberry in New Jersey. $7,000. New Jersey Blueberry and Cranberry Research Council (co-PI; N. Patel and P. Oudemans, PIs), 2013.

Genome expression analyses of interactions between Magnaporthe oryzae and Lysobacter enzymogenes. $399,990, USDA CSREES NRICGP (Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions) (PI), 08/08-08/13.

Biotechnology Scholars at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. $599,980, NSF S-STEM (co-PI; B. Zilinskas, PI), 09/07-08/13.

The genome sequence of Lysobacter enzymogenes. $540,255, USDA CSREES NRICGP (Microbial Genome Sequencing Program) (PI), 12/06-11/12.

Patterns of gene expression by the biological control agent Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5 on seed surfaces $135,000 of $400,000 total, USDA CSREES NRI (Biology of host-pathogen interactions) (co-PI; J. Loper PI), 09/06-08/11.

The kinetics and mechanisms of selenium oxyanion reduction by soil microorganisms. $71,900 of $248,000, USDA CSREES NRI (Soils and Soil Biology) (co-PI; N. Yee PI), 9/05-8/08.

The genomic sequence of Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5. $450,000 (No funds to Rutgers University; funds available to support travel to TIGR for annotation purposes). USDA IFAFS Genomics (co-PI; J. Loper, PI, + multiple co-PIs), 9/01-8/06

Bacterial pathogenesis of fungal plant pathogens. $180,000. USDA CSREES NRI (Biology of host-pathogen interactions) (PI), 12/00-12/03.

Characterization of extracellular enzymes in biocontrol bacteria, ($259,500), Eco Soil Systems, Inc. (PI), 1/98-12/00.

Biological control of fruit rot of cranberry, $45,000, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. (PI), 4/95-4/98.

Identification of parasitic bacteria as biological control agents against summer patch disease, $78,050, US Golf Assoc. (PI), 1/93-5/97.

Biological control of turfgrass diseases, NJ Turfgrass Association, $10,500 total (awarded on yearly basis) (PI), 1/94-12/97.

TEACHING

Appointments and Committees

Director, Undergraduate program in Plant Biology, Jul 2013-Jun 2016.

Director, Undergraduate program in Agriculture and Food Systems, Jul 2014-Jun 2015.

Director, Undergraduate program in Biotechnology, Jul 2014-Jun 2015.

Associate Director, Undergraduate program in Biotechnology, Jul. 2009-Jun. 2014; Jul. 2015-present.

Acting Undergraduate Program Director, Biotechnology, Jul. 2007-Dec. 2007.

Plant Pathology track coordinator, Plant Biology Graduate Program (1995-2001; 2011-2015)
Curriculum/Program Development

Veterans Administration Health Education Agreement with Horticultural Therapy program, Rutgers University -- Horticultural Therapy Internship Agreement, 2014 (in collaboration with J. Flagler)

RU-Nanjing Agricultural University Program of Scholarly Exchange (2+2) in Plant Biology, 2014 (in collaboration with B. Huang)

China Agricultural University, Program of Scholarly Exchange (2+2) in Plant Biology, 2015 (in collaboration with B. Huang

Undergraduate Program in Plant Biology, 2015 (new core curriculum; in collaboration with L. Struwe).
Undergraduate academic advising

Cook College/School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Freshman Advisor, 1995-96; 2008-09.

Curriculum advisor, Undergraduate Major Program in Agriculture and Food Systems, classes of 2015-17.

Curriculum advisor, Undergraduate Major Program in Plant Biology, 2014-present.

Curriculum advisor, Undergraduate Minor Program in Plant Science, 2014-present.

Curriculum advisor, Undergraduate Program in Biotechnology, 1993-present.

Curriculum advisor, S-STEM Scholars for Biotechnology program (30 students), classes of 2012 and 2013.

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Transfer Student Advisor (Agriculture and Food Systems: 2013-2015; Biotechnology: 2009; 2010; 2013, 2014; Plant Biology: 2013-present).

International Student Advising (2+2 articulation agreements)

South China University of Technology (SCUT); Biotechnology (3 students)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU); Plant Biology (2 students)

Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU); Plant Biology (4 students)

China Agricultural University (CAU); Plant Biology (1 student)

First Year Interest Group (FIG) Peer Instructor Mentor, 2015 (3 Peer Instructors).


Graduate student advising

Chair, Thesis Committees (9 students)

Plant Biology Graduate Program Thesis Committee Member (18 students)

External Graduate Program Thesis Committee Member (20 students)
Undergraduate course instruction:

Topics in Biotechnology (Bacterial Genome Annotation): Lecture/laboratory course involving the principles and fundamentals of bacterial genome annotation using real draft sequence. Responsibilities: course development and teaching. Fall, 2007

Molecular Genetics: Principles of genetics at the molecular level, including the chemical nature of hereditary material, the genetic code, regulatory mechanisms, the molecular basis of mutation, DNA replication and recombination. Responsibilities: development of sections and lectures on prokaryotic genetics.

Spring, 1992-1996



Molecular Genetics Laboratory: Biochemical and molecular aspects of gene function and gene recombination, with course designed to promote development of individual thinking and provide experience for presentation of data in oral and written forms. Responsibilities: development and teaching of mutagenesis and gene identification laboratories.

Spring, 1992-2005; 2007-2016.



General Plant Pathology: 300 level, introductory survey course for majors and nonmajors (1 lec., Sp 2004).

General Plant Pathology Laboratory: 300 level, introductory laboratory course for majors and nonmajors (1 lec/lab, Fall 2015).

Independent Research: Research conducted under the direction of a member of the

department. (1991-present (100+ students).



George H. Cook Scholars Program (Undergraduate honors independent research thesis):

Advisor(20 students)

Reader/Reviewer (20 students)

Session Committee Chair (1995-2000: 20 students total)

Faculty Sponsor/Advisor, Cooperative Education Program/SPIN (60+ students)

Faculty Sponsor/Advisor, Biotechnology Summer Research Intern Program (1 student/yr) 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2110, 2012

Faculty Sponsor/Advisor, Aresty Summer Science Research Program (1 student/yr)

Summer, 2007; Summer, 2010


Graduate courses:

Core Seminar in Plant Biology (Plant Pathology): Seminar discussion course. Fa 2015; Sp 2013; Sp 2011; Sp 2009; Sp 2007.

Plant Pathogenic Bacteria: Lecture and laboratory course on the basic concepts of phytobacteriology, including diagnosis and identification of plant bacterial diseases, ecology and control of bacteria, pathogenicity, disease physiology and molecular biology of pathogenicity factors. Fall 1991; Fall 1994; Fall 1998; Fall 2001; Fall 2005.

Plant Pathogenesis: Mechanisms of pathogenesis, responses of plants to pathogens in terms of structure, function and metabolism, disease resistance, mechanism, and genetics of pathogenesis. Spring 1990.

Guest Lecturer:

Principles of Plant Pathology: Introductory plant pathology; Lecture topic responsibilities include genetics, biochemistry and evolution of host/parasite interactions, general bacterial diseases including disease cycles, and the identification and diagnosis of bacterial diseases.

Plant Disease Clinic: Diagnosis and Identification of plant diseases. Lecture topic responsibilities include basis concepts in bacterial diseases, and methods for isolation and identification.

Advanced Plant Pathology: Advanced topics in plant pathology. Lecture topic responsibilities include genetics and mechanisms of biological control, overview of plant pathogenesis. Spring 1993.

Introduction to Plant Biology: Introductory lecture topics on status of current research in the field of plant biology. For first year students.

Plant Biology Core Seminar Course I (Problems in Plant Biology): Introductory literature-based seminar course to prepare students for the format of qualifier examination, testing students on their ability to read and analyze current research papers in the primary literature.

General Microbiology: Introductory lecture topics for 1st year graduate students in the Graduate Program of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

Microbial Life: Introductory core course for 1st year graduate students in Microbial Biology Graduate Program.

Seminar in Microbial Biology: Introductory lecture topics on status of current research in the field of microbiology. For first year students.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Scientific Profession Activities

Committees, Professional Society

Ad Hoc Committee of Working Group on Culture Collections of Plant Pathogens, American Phytopathological Society (Aug. 2005-2008).

Bacteriology Committee, American Phytopathological Society (1992-1996; 2004-2007) Chair: 1995-96; 2005-06; Vice-Chair: 1994-95; 2004-05; Bacterial Genomics subcommittee (2003-2005).

New Member Professional Assessment Committee, American Phytopathological Society (1987-1990).



Journal manuscript reviewer

Editorial Board, Phytopathology (Senior Editor, 2006-2008; Associate Editor, 2001-2003).

Ad hoc reviewer, >25 journal titles).

Scientific meetings

Member, Organizing Committee, Molecular Genetics of Plant-Microbe Interactions, Rutgers University (April 21-24, 1993)

Member, Organizing Committee, Northeastern Division American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Ithaca (Oct. 1996)

Organizer, Colloquium: Gene expression and regulation in plant-associated bacteria 1995 American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh (Aug. 95)

Moderator, Molecular Biology of Bacteria paper session, 1994 American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Albuquerque (Aug. 1994)

Moderator, Bacterial and Fungal Diseases paper session, 1994 Northeastern Division American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Ithaca (Oct. 1994).


University Activities

Committees-general

Organizing committee, TA Chen Symposium of Bio-Science and Bio-Technology (March 19, 1999)

Organizing committee, Rutgers Turfgrass Symposium (93, 94*, 95*, 96*, 97, 2012, 2013*)

*Committee chair

Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee, Cook College (1999-2005; chair, 2001-2003; 2013-present)

Cook College Financial Aid Committee (1998-2001)

George H. Cook Undergraduate Honors Thesis Committee (1995-2001; 2011-2013)

Cook College Council (1994-95)

Executive Committee, Dept. of Plant Biology & Pathology (2012-present)
Professional Society Affiliations:

American Phytopathological Society



American Society of Microbiology

Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society for Agriculture

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