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The Pub Club (Apr. 10th): Lunch with Tesfaye Mengiste
April 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
As part of the PRI faculty search, come join The Pub Club for a special event lunch with Tesfaye Mengiste in 4200 MPS! Please RSVP at this link before Thursday, April 6th at 5pm.
Tesfaye Mengiste is a Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. He completed a BS degree at Alemaya University in his native Ethiopia. Tesfaye Mengiste describes his research as follows:
Research in my lab deals with the molecular genetics of plant-pathogen interactions. In particular, we study the mechanisms of plant resistance to fungal pathogens in model and crop plants. Activities that range from basic to projects designed to provide solutions to specific real world challenges are pursued side-by-side in collaboration with local and international partners. In Arabidopsis and tomato, we focus on mechanisms of plant cell signaling in response to infection, histone modifications as regulators of gene expression and other transcriptional co-regulators. In tomato, we explore natural variation in wild Solanum species to study mechanisms underlying genetic variations in fungal resistance and responsiveness to rhizosphere microbes. In recent years, we have expanded our research interests to include sorghum, one of the most resilient crops gown under suboptimal growing conditions in the world. It is a food, feed and biofuel crop. Research on sorghum in my lab started with studies on mechanisms of resistance to the parasitic weed Striga and understanding the genetic variation in virulence of this plant parasite in collaboration with colleagues at Purdue. At Michigan State University, I will continue to pursue mechanisms underlying plant responses to fungi but with a greater sense of purpose to generate knowledge that will support agricultural and horticultural crop productivity.