Molecular Biology, Immunology
My recent work has focused on the application of DNA fingerprinting to fungal identification and classification. The genus Aspergillus, which includes a number of plant and animal pathogens, has been the focus of my research over the last several years. I have identified a number of polymorphic nuclear and mitochondrial DNA markers that are useful in making species identifications in the aspergillus group.
A number of undergraduate students have participated in this work during the school year and during the summer as Borer Fellows.
I also have an interest in how parasitic microbes interact with their hosts. In addition to their role as classic infectious agents, a number of viruses and bacteria are thought to be involved in the etiology of autoimmune disease, heart disease and cancer.
BIO 321 Microbiology with laboratory
BIO 460 Biochemistry Seminar
BIO 466 Molecular Cell Biology with laboratory
BIO 472 Immunology with laboratory
CLRL 102 Inquiry in the Natural World laboratory