104 Sturgis Hall
Baton Rouge, LA
Areas of Expertise
- development of new biobased products
- Control of bacterial and fungal diseases in crops
- and the use of molecular dynamics simulations of proteins to understand their function. Research centers on developing crops with increased resistance to microbial diseases by means of molecular breeding through expression of antimicrobial peptides. Combining experimental and computations tools, she has made progress in designing new antimicrobial peptides with improved resistance to inhibition by metal ions. Expression of antimicrobial peptides in plants to control pathogenic bacteria and fungi - utilizes molecular biology approaches to solve one of most important agronomical problems in Louisiana, namely crop loss due to microbial pathogens. Molecular dynamics (MD) studies of purothionins -MD simulations are a powerful computational tool for investigation of structural and dynamic properties of biomolecules that complement experimental data to understand how these molecules function. Designing antimicrobial peptides to develop biobased products -Computational and modeling efforts are directed at designing thionin variants with improved resistance to a changing environment while maintaining wild type antimicrobial activity which can be produced as a biobased product in a plant system.