Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence

Notice – Policies and resources for the campus community on the COVID-19 global pandemic, including necessary health and safety precautions and how to obtain more information from health care providers, state health authorities, and the CDC's COVID-19 web site

PMB News Center

Volunteers launch pandemic aid initiative

Researcher Christopher Gee making masks
Researchers, faculty, and students formed the Common Humanity Collective, a group distributing hand sanitizer and masks to vulnerable communities.

The Climate-COVID Connection

Graphic showing masked people, globe, and coronaviruses
In Breakthroughs magazine, postdoctoral fellow Cara Brook discusses the linkages between zoonotic diseases and habitat loss.

Why I do Science

Portrait of Kathleen Ryan
In Breakthroughs magazine, associate professor Kathleen Ryan discusses her career path and interest in bacteria research.

Hands on learning at home

Graphic design showing a laptop and a test tube
Rausser College faculty like professor Tom Bruns use creative methods to engage students with remote learning.

Plant Immune Receptor Discovery Can Help Scientists Fight Agricultural Pandemics

Three-dimensional rendering of the structure of the resistosome ROQ1
Professor Brian Staskawicz made a critical step toward helping plants fight pathogens without pesticides.

Gene found to impact drought and heat stress adaptation in plants

An electron micrograph of the protoxylem in maize

A mechanism that promotes vascular function in maize was discovered by Plant Gene Expression...

2020 PMB Faculty Retirements

Headshots of Patricia Zambryski and Norman Terry.
Rausser College congratulates professors Norman Terry and Patricia Zambryski on their retirement.

Megaphages harbor mini-Cas proteins ideal for gene editing

In the article, graduate student Basem Al-Shayeb comments on the discovery of the new proteins.

Career Snapshot: Conversation with Edgar Moctezuma

Edgar Moctezuma at SACNAS UMD Chapter presentation
Moctezuma, an instructor at the University of Maryland, received his PhD from the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology.

Investigation into fungi food choices yields crucial insights

Neurospora fungus growing on dead wood at a controlled burn site in North Carolina.
Professor Louise Glass' Berkeley Lab team makes discoveries into fungi nutrient recycling, with implications for bio-based product production.