Dr. Jeffrey A. Rollins
My research program explores the basic molecular mechanisms underlying fungal pathogenesis and fungal development. These investigations are largely focused on the broad host range phytopathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.
The long-term goal of my program is to understand how fungi perceive stimuli from the ambient environment and transduce this information into gene-specific responses. We are applying organismal-, molecular genetic-, and genomic-scale tools to identifying and characterizing components of signal transduction pathways that are required for the broad host range pathogenicity and multicellular development of this fungus.