Our faculty is diverse, dedicated to science, research, public service and teaching. We cover a broad range of fundamental and applied science.  Aproximately 50% of our 26 PMB ladder faculty are elected members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), 16 faculty members are fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, six faculty members are  Miller Research Fellows, and two faculty members Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. Click on the faculty profiles below to learn more.

Faculty


Barbara Baker

Adjunct Professor
Plant Innate Immunity
Blackman

Associate Professor
Evolutionary Processes

Associate Professor
Fungi as a model system for the study of genetic variation and evolution
Professor Steven Brenner

Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Computational Biology, Genomics, Protein Function Prediction
Thomas D. Bruns, Microbiology, UC Berkeley

Professor Emeritus
Fungal Ecology

Professor Emeritus
Redox Regulation, Cereal Improvement
Professor John D. Coates

Professor of Microbiology and Academic Director, Energy Biosciences Institute
Bioremediation
Devin Coleman-Derr

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Abiotic stress response and plant growth promoting microbial communities

C.H. Li Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Endocrinology, Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis
Studies mechanisms by which pathogenic bacteria manipulate their host to cause infections, with a primary focus on tuberculosis
adam deutschbauer

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Genetics, genomics, and large-scale protein function discovery
Lewis J. Feldman

Professor of Plant Biology and Executive Director, UC Botanical Garden
Plant and Root Development

Professor Emeritus
DNA Demethylation, Gene Imprinting
Jennifer Fletcher

Adjunct Professor
Plant Stem Cells, Developmental Signaling
Michael Freeling

Professor
Evolutionary History of Plants
Picture of Karine A. Gibbs

Associate Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Identity in social bacteria
N. Louise Glass

Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology and Graduate Group in Microbiology
Biofuels, Fungi
Britt A. Glaunsinger

Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology, Associate Chair
Virus-Host Interactions, RNA-Based Regulation

Adjunct Professor / Senior Scientist / Program Head
Fungal and Algal Genomics, Computational Biology

Assistant Professor
Plant Immunity and Cell Biology
Sarah C. Hake

Adjunct Professor Emerita
Plant Development and Plant Architecture
Frank Harmon

Adjunct Associate Professor
Circadian Clock
Andrew O. Jackson

Professor Emeritus
Molecular genetics and cell biology of plus and minus strand RNA plant viruses
Russell Jones

Professor Emeritus
Plant Signaling
portrait of Arash Komeili

Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Bacterial organelles and biomeinralization

Assistant Professor
Genomics and Innate Immune systems
Peggy G. Lemaux

Cooperative Extension Specialist
Crop Biotechnology

Adjunct Associate Professor
Plant Disease and Immunity
steven lindow

Professor Emeritus
Ecology of Plant-Associated Microorganisms
Fenyong Liu

Professor, Infectious Diseases (Affiliate)
Biology of, and therapeutic intervention for human herpes viruses
Sangwei Lu

Adjunct Professor, Infectious Diseases (Affiliate)
Pathogenesis and stress response of Salmonella serovars; foodborne diseases
Sheng Luan

Professor and Chair, Plant & Microbial Biology
Plant Responses to the Environment

Assistant Professor
Lanthanide-biochemistry and metabolism. Microbial Physiology, Metabolic Engineering, Plant-microbe interactions, bioremediation and biometallurgy
photo of Sheila McCormick

Adjunct Professor Emerita
Pollen, Plant Fertilization
Professor Anastasios Melis

The Kase / Tsujimoto Professor of Plant & Microbial Biology, and Editor-in-Chief, Planta
Photosynthesis, Metabolic Engineering, Synthetic Biology, Bioenergy Research
sabeeha

Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology
Krishna K. Niyogi

Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology
Regulation of Photosynthesis and Photoprotection

Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology & Plant and Microbial Biology
Bacterial pathogenesis
Peter Quail

Professor Emeritus
Light Signaling in Plants, Solar Energy Capture Optimization

Associate Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Signaling Pathways, Antibiotic Persistence, Cell Envelope Integrity
David Savage

Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology (Affiliate)
Synthetic biology, protein engineering and microbial physiology
Henrik Vibe Scheller

Adjunct Professor
Renewable Energy, Plant Cell Walls
Kim Seed

Assistant Professor
Interactions between bacteria and their viral predators (bacteriophages)

Assistant Professor
Synthetic Biology, Plant Metabolism, Microbial Evolution
Chris R. Somerville

Professor Emeritus
University - Industry Collaborations
Shauna Somerville

Professor Emerita
Plant-pathogen interactions; mechanisms of host defense; cell wall integrity sensing

Maxine J. Elliot Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology
Plant Immunity
Z. Renee Sung

Professor Emeritus
Plant Growth and Development
Michi Taga

Associate Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Microbial Nutritional Interactions
John W. Taylor

Professor of the Graduate School
Fungal evolution and genomics

Professor Emeritus
Phytoremediation of Contaminated Soil and Water
Matt Traxler

Assistant Professor
Bacterial interspecies interactions and specialized metabolism
John Vogel

Adjunct Professor
Grass Biology
Mary C. Wildermuth, Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Plant-Microbe Interactions

Assistant Professor
Plant epigenetics and cell identity

Professor Emeritus
Type IV secretion in bacteria and cell-to-cell transport in plants