Our Laboratory devote research attention to
cell physiology and stress

M. Andrea Azcarate Ph.D.

Director of the Microbiome Core Facility UNC
2000 PhD, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán – Argentina

E-mail: azcarate(at)

She presently study the role of probiomic and probiotic bacteria in prevention of colorectal cancer

Michael Thon Ph.D.

1998 Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Evolutionary Biology -The Pennsylvania State University

Professor – Centro Hispano-Luso de Investigaciones Agrarias (CIALE) – Universidad de Salamanca

E-mail: mike.thon(at)

He is an expert in bio-informatics with extensive experience in comparative genomics and academic teaching. His research program has focused on evolution and comparative genomics of filamentous fungi.
Serenella A. Sukno Ph.D

M.S. Plant Genetics & Breeding, IAMZ, Zaragoza, Spain, 1993

Ph.D. Genetics, University of Córdoba, Spain, 1997

Centro Hispano-Luso de Investigaciones Agrarias (CIALE) – Universidad de Salamanca

E-mail: ssukno(at)

She is an expert on Colletotrichum graminicola and study various aspects of plant pathology, genetics and plant-fungus interactions. More information about Colletotrichum graminicola can be found on our maize anthracnose page.

Mari S. Chinn Ph.D.

2003 Ph.D. Biosystems Engineering. University of Kentucky

Professor – Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering – NC State University

E-mail: mschinn(at)

She primarily investigates the biotechnological potential of North Carolina commodities through the development and design of biological processes that improve system efficiency and economic impact.

Hosni Hassan  Ph.D.

1967 Ph.D. Microbiology University of California, Davis.

Professor and Former Department Head of Microbiology NC State University

E-mail: hosni_hassan(at)

Oxidative Stress