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Michelle Heck

Michelle Heck, Boyce Thompson Institute

Our research uses a combination of molecular, genetic, and proteomics approaches to understand how insects transmit plant pathogens and how pathogens manipulate host plants to ensure replication and transmission. For instance, students will characterize the transmission rates of viruses by different genotypes of aphids in lab experiments, to understand disease spread in agriculture.  

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Boyce-Thompson Institute, Plant Pathology and Plant- Microbe Biology

Roles: Faculty, Potential MFF (REU) Host, Potential Undergraduate Mentor

Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Animal Hosts, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Microbiota and Microbiomes, Plant Hosts, Viruses