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Faculty Working in Biologically-Based Materials and Products

  • Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes


814-865-9653

Areas of Expertise:
  • High-throughput sequencing
  • Crop-associated microbiomes
  • Impacts of disturbance on plant-microbe relationships
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Associate Professor of Wood Chemistry
  • BRS Program Co-coordinator and BioProducts Option Advisor
  • Chemistry of Biological Materials


814-865-7423

Areas of Expertise:
  • Chemistry of lignocellulosic materials
  • Bio-based polymers
  • Wood adhesives and composites
  • Associate Professor of Soil Science/Microbial Ecology


814-863-0779

Areas of Expertise:
  • Soil microbiology
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Soil quality
  • Ecological restoration
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Department Head
  • Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology


814-865-7448

Areas of Expertise:
  • Phytobacteriology
  • Translational Taxonomy
  • Systematic Bacteriology
  • Biological Control
  • Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
  • Professor of Molecular Genetics
  • Director of The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics


814-863-9164

Areas of Expertise:
  • Genomics
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Bionanotechnology


814-863-0414

Areas of Expertise:
  • Nanocomposite materials and coatings
  • Crystalline nanocellulose production and characterization
  • Cellulose synthesis and assembly
  • Microbial cellulose production
  • Interaction of cellulose with other polysaccharides, proteins, and biologically derived polymers
  • Practical development of new biobased materials ranging from sustainable packaging to composites for construction to materials for healthcare.
  • Professor of Maize Genetics


814-865-1159

Areas of Expertise:
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant-pathogen interactions
  • Maize Genetics
  • Sorghum Genetics
  • Flavonoids
  • Phytoalexins
  • Plant-fungus interactions
  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Plant-Environment interactions
  • Assistant Professor and Research Associate
  • Director, Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center


717-653-4728

Areas of Expertise:
  • Corn Disease
  • Soybean Disease
  • Wheat Disease
  • Field Crops Disease Management
  • Professor of Food Science;
  • Chair of the Ingredients as Materials Impact Group


814-865-2636

  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Bioprocess and Food Safety Engineering


814-863-1098

Areas of Expertise:
  • Bioprocess Engineering/Fermentation: Bioconversion of agricultural raw and waste commodities into value added products including bioenergy/biofuels, microbial enzymes, organic acids, polysaccharides, antimicrobial agents; optimization; novel bioreactors; downstream processing.
  • Food Engineering/Food Safety : inactivation of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms by using novel non-thermal processing technologies including pulsed UV light, electrolyzed oxidizing water, and ozone.
  • Professor of Avian Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Animal Science Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Poultry and Avian Science Minor Coordinator


814-863-2102

Areas of Expertise:
  • Avian amino acid and lipid nutrition and metabolism
  • Modification of poultry meat and eggs to enhance human health
  • Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar & Entrepreneurship Coordinator College of Agricultural Sciences


814-865-0469

Areas of Expertise:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy
  • AgTech entrepreneurship
  • Bio-renewable building product technologies
  • Firm-industry analytics
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics


814-863-8638

Areas of Expertise:
  • Farm Management
  • Risk Management
  • Production Economics
  • Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease


Areas of Expertise:
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Microbiology
  • Genomics
  • Microbiota
  • Microbiome
  • Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • Professor of Forest Resources


814-865-3994

Areas of Expertise:
  • Bioenergy
  • Agroforestry
  • Forest Economics and Finance
  • International Forestry
  • Forest Extension
  • Non Timber Forest Products
  • Professor of Wood Products Engineering
  • Wood Products Processing and Manufacturing


814-865-3916

Areas of Expertise:
  • Wood products processing and manufacturing
  • Wood composite material systems
  • Wood structural applications
  • Wood composite performance characteristics and related material evaluation methodologies
  • Associate Professor
  • Coordinator and Adviser of the Minor in Plant Pathology


814-863-2355

Areas of Expertise:
  • Population biology
  • Ecology of plant-associated microorganisms
  • Fusarium and Verticillium wilts
  • Walther H. Ott Professor in Avian Biology


814-867-3203

  • Tombros Early Career Professor
  • Associate Professor, Turfgrass Management
  • Director, Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program


814-865-3007

Areas of Expertise:
  • Turfgrass Science
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Agronomy
  • Golf Course Management
  • Turfgrass pathology
  • plant pathology
  • Weed management
  • Professor


814-863-3846

Areas of Expertise:
  • Biocontrol
  • Bioinformatics
  • Fungal genetics and genomics
  • Microbial chemical ecology
  • Molecular diagnosis of plant pathogens
  • Associate Professor of Production Systems and Modeling


814-863-9852

Areas of Expertise:
  • Agroecosystems
  • Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling
  • Hydrologic and Nutrient Cycling Modeling
  • Environmental Biophysics
  • Plant Ecophysiology
  • Associate Professor


814-863-7646

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fire blight resistance in apple trees
  • Biologically-based approaches to fire blight disease control
  • Development of citrus greening-resistant citrus varieties
  • Molecular genetics of Erwinia amylovora pathogenicity
  • Development of tomatoes resistant to bacterial canker disease
  • Understanding rootstock-scion interactions in grafted apple trees
  • Professor
  • Harbaugh Teaching Scholar (2012-2013)
  • Sustainable Business Management


814-863-2976

Areas of Expertise:
  • packaging
  • sustainable business
  • pallets
  • zero waste
  • sports greening
  • wood and paper industry
  • Professor of Reproductive Physiology
  • Associate Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences


814-441-2657

Areas of Expertise:
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy production
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Sustainability
  • Graduate Training
  • Undergraduate Instruction
  • Assistant Professor, Tree Fruit Pathology


717-677-6116

Areas of Expertise:
  • Apple and pear diseases
  • Peach, cherry, other stone fruit diseases
  • Tree fruit disease management
  • Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology


814-863-8976

Areas of Expertise:
  • Micronutrient Selenium, Selenoproteins, and Redox Homeostasis
  • Macrophage Biology
  • Pathways of Inflammation and Resolution (wound healing)
  • Cancer (Leukemia)and Leukemia Stem Cells
  • Gut Inflammation
  • Bioactive Lipid Mediators- Prostaglandins & Leukotrienes
  • Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • ABE Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Powder Mechanics and Food Processing


814-865-3559

Areas of Expertise:
  • Powder Mechanics – Research focus includes: fundamental powder and powder mixture properties, multi-scale constitutive models, and computational models for powder processes.
  • Food Processing – Research focus includes: engineering properties, and integrated multi-scale computational and predictive models.
  • Associate Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology


814-863-3668

  • Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management


814-865-0679

Areas of Expertise:
  • Natural Resources Systems Analysis
  • Forest Products Economics
  • Wood Industry Operations Research
  • Wood Identification and Taxonomy
  • Assistant Professor/Research Associate


814-867-0213

Areas of Expertise:
  • Dietary bioactive compounds
  • Anthocyanins
  • Gut bacteria and bioactive compound interaction
  • Professor of Agronomy


814-863-1018

Areas of Expertise:
  • Grain crop management
  • Corn management and hybrid evaluation
  • Corn silage management
  • Soybean management and variety evaluation
  • Winter wheat management and variety evaluation
  • Winter barley management and variety evaluation
  • Interseeding cover crops in corn and soybeans
  • Assistant Professor of Biological and Chemical Engineering
  • Synthetic Biology


814-865-1931

Areas of Expertise:
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Modeling & Optimization
  • Research Associate
  • Machinery Systems


814-863-8124

Areas of Expertise:
  • agricultural safety and health
  • agricultural machinery
  • fluid power
  • alternative fuels
  • edible oils
  • biodiesel
  • Professor of Bioproducts Marketing
  • BRS Graduate Program Coordinator


814-865-8841

Areas of Expertise:
  • B2B marketing - bioproduct industries
  • Biorefinery value stream outputs
  • Professor of Environmental Soil Science


814-863-7640

Areas of Expertise:
  • Composting and compost utilization
  • Mined land reclamation
  • Restoration of degraded soils
  • Biomass crop production
  • Associate Professor


814-867-0324

Areas of Expertise:
  • Molecular plant-microbe interactions
  • Disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance
  • Functional genomics and biotechnology
  • Genome editing and engineering
  • Rice, tomato, potato and mushroom precision breeding
  • Gene-edited and genetically modified organisms
  • Research Associate


814-865-2807

Areas of Expertise:
  • Engineering Mechanics of Materials; Characterization of Physical and Mechanical Properties of Agricultural and Biological Materials
  • Powder Mechanics; Storage, Conveying, Mixing, Size Reduction, Flow, Segregation, and Compaction of Particulate Materials
  • Mathematical/numerical modeling, simulation and analysis of mechanical behavior of particulate materials and biological materials
  • Applying mechanical engineering theories to the problems involving biological and particulate materials including renewable energy and consumer products
  • Professor of Food Science
  • Graduate Program Coordinator


814-863-2960

Areas of Expertise:
  • Food process engineering
  • Food materials science
  • Biopolymers
  • Chocolate and confectionery