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Chang Hyun Khang

Associate Professor
Plant Biology
Lab:
Plant Sciences, Rm 1602
Lab Phone:
706-542-0469
Office:
Plant Sciences, Rm 1603
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Fungi are major pathogens of plants. We are interested in understanding how fungi manipulate plant cells to cause disease and how plant cells respond to the invading fungi. To answer these questions, we study rice blast disease caused by the fungal pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae. Rice blast remains one of the world's most devastating diseases, destroying enough rice to feed more than 60 million people each year. In addition to its economic significance, rice blast is a model system for the study of plant-fungal interactions. We hope that our research will have translational value for controlling rice blast and other fungal diseases.

Grants:
  • 2016 – 2019 National Science Foundation, Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development Program. Development of essential genetic and genomic resources for finger millet. PI: Devos K.; Co-PIs: Khang, C.H., Dida, M.M., Odeny, D., and Schatz, M.C.
  • 2014 – 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program. Trafficking mechanism of blast effector molecules during rice blast disease. PI: Khang, C.H.
Education:
  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology , Penn State University 2005
  • M.S. Plant Pathology , Seoul National University 2000
  • B.S. Agricultural Biology, Seoul National University 1997

Events featuring Chang Hyun Khang

2401 Miller Plant Sciences

"Rice is nice but fungi rule: Investigating rice blast disease at single-cell resolution"

My Graduate Students


Mariel Pfeifer

Graduate Student

Jie Zhu

Graduate Student

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