Advisory Board and Editors Mycology

Anthony S Amend

Assistant Professor in the department of Botany, and faculty in the Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Dee A. Carter

Professor in Microbiology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia. Member of the Marie Bashir Institute, University of Sydney. Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Alex T Ford

Professor of Biology based at the University of Portsmouth (UK) since 2008. Expertise in Marine Biology, Invertebrate Physiology, Parasitology and Ecotoxicology.

Erica M Goss

Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida. Research focuses on the origins, evolution, population structure, and migration of plant pathogens. Recognized as by the American Phytopathological Society as one of the discipline’s "faces of the future" in 2013.

Niklaus J Grünwald

Research Plant Pathologist at the Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory (USDA ARS). Interested in epidemiology, genetics and evolution of exotic and reemerging plant pathogens in the genus Phytophthora.

Joseph Heitman

James B. Duke Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University. Associate editor PLOS Genetics, Genetics, PLOS Pathogens, Current Genetics, Fungal Genetics & Biology. Editorial board PLOS Biology, Current Biology, Virulence, Cell Host & Microbe. Recipient of 2003 Squibb IDSA Award and 2002 AMGEN ASBMB Award, fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of America Physicians, and ASCI.

Nancy P. Keller

Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology/Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, Editor of Fungal Biology and Genetics, American Phytopathological Society Fellow and American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

Abhishek Kumar

Researcher focusing on computational genomics with current interests in genetics, genomics and trancriptomics specially fungi, insects and vertebrates. Current research interests as following
1. Research Area #1: Application of genomics to human diseases
2. Research Area #2: Genomics of drug-like molecules from fungi
3. Research Area #3: Evolutionary Genomics
4. Research Area #4: Biodiversity Genomics

Blanca B. Landa

Ph.D. Agricultural Engineer, Institute of Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, and University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain. July, 1999.
Population biology and biogeography of soilborne pathogens and biocontrol angents in the rhizosphere. Integrated control of plant pathogens; Rhizosphere microbial ecology; Biocontrol; Molecular diagnosis; Metagenomic analysis of microbial populations.

Florentine Marx

Associate Professor at the Medical University of Innsbruck. We are interested in the mechanistic function and structure of antimicrobial/antifungal proteins and peptides and the identification of target molecules for the development of new antimicrobial/antifungal therapies.

Jean Beagle Ristaino

Dr. Jean Beagle Ristaino is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology at NC State University. She earned her B.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences and an M.S. degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of California-Davis. Much of her research work has been on the genus Phytophthora, an oomycete plant pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. She conducts research internationally on late blight, a threat to food security. She has used genetic markers to study migration and characterize historic and present day populations of P. infestans. Her research has been published in Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Science. She teaches a class in Tropical Plant Pathology, is the director of the Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Cluster and leads USAID funded workshops in pathogen diagnostics globally. She has served in numerous leadership roles at the university including the faculty senate and the administrative board of the graduate school and nationally with the USDA, NSF and USAID. She served as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID and the State Department. She has communicated findings of her research with the media including CNN, Discovery Channel, radio and numerous newspaper articles. Dr. Ristaino’s research impacts our understanding of emerging plant pathogens, and global food security.