Participants

IMG_8655Dr. Ji Kang
Department of Grain Science and Industry​
jika@ksu.edu
785-532-4081

Research website

Dr Ji Kang’s research is mainly focused on physicochemical properties, molecular structure and conformation of carbohydrate polymers and study the structure-function relationship. She is currently working on a natural food emulsifier extracted from agriculture by-products. She is interested in linking the bioactivity/digestibility of polysaccharides/dietary fibers to its molecular structure and conformation.​

 

 

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Dr. Karen Barandoc-Alviar

Department of Plant Pathology

785-532-2328/785-532-1341

Research Website

Dr. Alviar’s research focuses mainly on characterization of virus-vector interaction. She is currently working at the Whitfield laboratory with a plant virus, Maize mosaic rhabdovirus and its planthopper vector, Peregrinus maidis. P. maidis is the only known vector of MMV and transmits in a persistent propagative manner. The goal of Dr. Alviar’s research  is to identify vector molecules that recognize and respond to virus infection and how changes on vector physiology or behavior affect transmission efficiencies of this virus to host plants.

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20131217_Josephine_Boac_0002-(ZF-0825-40449-1-002)Dr. Josephine Boac

Department of Grain Science and Industry
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

jmboac@ksu.edu

785-532-3719/ 785-776-2768

Research Website

Dr. Boac’s research focuses on improving postharvest grain management and stored product protection. She is currently investigating the grain particle behavior in a commercial grain dryer, studying fumigant behavior in grain storage systems, modeling movements of sound and insect-infested grains in handling equipment using the Discrete Element Method, and measuring stored-grain compaction factors.

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LeiDr. Li Lei

Department of Plant Pathology

lilei@ksu.edu

Research Website

Dr. Lei’s research focuses on studying genome and transcriptome evolution of plants and fungi with next-generation sequencing technology using bioinformatics and population genetic tools.

 

 

 

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Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 12.11.31 PMDr. Tara Marriage

Division of Biology

tmarria@ksu.edu

(785)532-6153

Research Website

Dr. Marriage’s research focuses on the evolution of multicullularity in the Volvocine algae. She uses transcriptomics and comparative genomic techniques to identify genes that are important for the transition from unicellularity to multicellularity.

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Janet_cropDr. Janet Paper

Division of Biology

paperjan@ksu.edu

Research Website

Dr. Paper likes plants!  I’m currently researching molecular plant development – specifically how plant sterols affect the plasma membrane and cell wall of Arabidopsis thaliana, but I am interested in many aspects of plant molecular biology and biochemistry.

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bross2013Dr. Beth Ross

Fish and Wildlife Coop Unit

beross@ksu.edu

Research Website

Dr. Ross is interested in using advanced statistical techniques to better understand the population demography of terrestrial organisms, and is currently studying causes for the lesser prairie chicken population decline.

 

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Photo1Luciana Signorelli

Division of Biology

Laboratory for Landscape and Conservation Ecology

Research website