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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Dr. Tamra Jackson-Ziems Promoted to Professor

Dr. Tamra A. Jackson-Ziems is promoted to Professor effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Jackson-Ziems earned her B.S. at the University of Central Arkansas in Biology in 1996; she continued with her M.S. at the University of Arkansas, in the Department of Plant Pathology, which she completed in 1999; and received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences in 2005. She joined the UNL Plant Pathology Department as an Assistant Professor in April 2005.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Postdoctoral Associate Position in Plant Biotic Interactions

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Dr. Lirong Zeng’s lab in the Center for Plant Science Innovation (PSI) and the Department of Plant Pathology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln ( The Zeng lab utilizes a combination of molecular, biochemical, genetic, and genomic approaches to understand the mechanistic basis underlying plant immunity against microbial pathogens.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016
Graduate Research Assistantship Available

The Plant-Virus Interactions Lab at The Nebraska Center for Virology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is seeking highly motivated, goal oriented candidates for a Ph.D. graduate research assistantship. Our research program is focused on molecular mechanisms of plant-virus interactions. The successful applicant will be part of a team working on the molecular mechanisms of antiviral defense, virus replication, and their interactions.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Rich Wilson earns $570,000 grant to study fungal growth in rice cells

Lincoln, Neb. — Richard Wilson, associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has earned a $570,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae, which causes rice blast disease. Rice blast is a global food security threat that causes a 10 to 30 percent reduction in annual rice yields.

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Lirong Zeng promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

Lirong Zeng is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure effective July 1, 2016.  He received a BS in Agronomy from the Hunan Agricultural University and a MS in Biochemistry from the Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University, China. In 2005 he earned his PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology from the Ohio State University.  He then did his postdoctoral research at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University with Gregory B.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Becky Higgins Named Recipient of Outstanding Employee Award

Becky Higgins, research technologist in the Plant Pathology Department, has been named a recipient of IANR’s 2015 Third Quarter Outstanding Employee Award.

Higgins balances her time between two laboratories in the Plant Pathology Department. She focuses on fungal pathogens in the laboratory of James Steadman, and works with plant-parasitic nematodes in the laboratory of Thomas Powers. She manages this transition daily with no drop-off in productivity.

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Friday, October 2, 2015
"Phase 1" of New Departmental Website Released

The Department of Plant Pathology has released a new website using Drupal web content management, which is more flexible and scalable than the previous Liferay version. The goal was to create new content and new features within the website.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Steve Harris Receives Grant from National Science Foundation

Lincoln, Neb. — Steven Harris, professor in the Plant Pathology Department has received a $496,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled “Integrating Multiple Analyses to Understand Gene Regulatory Networks.”

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Sunday, August 10, 2014
James Steadman Named APS Fellow

James R. Steadman was recognized as an APS Fellow during the APS-CPS annual meeting in Minneapolis in August 2014. The society grants this honor to a current APS member in recognition of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to The American Phytopathological Society.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014
Sydney Everhart Joins UNL Department of Plant Pathology

Sydney Everhart joined the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an Assistant Professor in August 2014.  She is studying the emergence and evolution of fungicide resistance within plant pathogen populations.  Utilizing population genetics and genomics, the goal of her research is to characterize factors driving the emergence of resistant strains, with emphasis on Sclerotinia sclerotiorum as a model system.  Prior to joining the department, Everhart completed a 2-year USDA-AFRI-NIFA postdoctoral fellowship with Niklaus Grünwald

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