Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

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Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
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Iowa State University
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Thomas Baum

Professor and Chair
Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

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Education

  • Ph.D. (Plant Pathology): Clemson University, 1993
  • M.S.-equivalent (Agricultural Sciences): Technical University of Munich, Germany 1989
  • B.S.-equivalent (Agricultural Sciences): University of Bonn, Germany 1985

Experience

  • November 2005 – present: Chair, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology.
  • July 2006 – present: Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Iowa State University.
  • March 2004 – September 2006: Interim Director, Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses (CPRES)
  • August 2002 – July 2004: Chair of the Interdepartmental Graduate Major at Iowa State University.
  • July 2000 – June 2006: Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Iowa State University; research focused on the compatible interaction of cyst nematodes with their hosts with the long-range goal of engineering novel plant resistances.
  • September 1995 - June 2000: Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Iowa State University; research focused on the compatible interaction of cyst nematodes with their hosts with the long-range goal of engineering novel plant resistances.
  • October 1993 - August 1995: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia; worked in the laboratory of Dr. R. S. Hussey on identification of root-knot nematode secretion genes and on ‘plantibodies’.
  • August 1989 - September 1993: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology and Physiology, Clemson University; worked on root-knot nematode species interactions, molecular identification, and phylogeny, with Drs. S. A. Lewis, B. A Fortnum, and R. A. Dean as co-advisors. Thesis title: Population Dynamics and Species Identification of Root-Knot Nematodes in Tobacco.
  • May 1987 - May 1989: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology, Technical University of Munich; worked on fungal diseases of wheat in field and laboratory experiments, with Prof. Dr. G. M. Hoffmann and Prof. Dr. J. A. Verreet as advisors. Thesis title (translated): Epidemiology and Control of the Eyespot Disease (Pseudocercosporella herpotrichoides [Fron] Deighton) in a Wheat Monoculture.
  • February - March 1987: Student Intern at the BASF Experiment Station, Limburgerhof; was involved in establishing, maintaining, and evaluating field experiments for chemical screenings.
  • September 1985 - August 1986: Student Intern at two farms in Germany; was involved in the production of a wide variety of field crops (small grains, canola, beets, beans, etc.) and keeping of livestock (dairy cows, hogs, chickens, etc.).

 

Fields of Interest

Plant Pathology; Host-Pathogen Interactions; Signal Transduction during Pathogenesis; Genetic Engineering of Novel Resistances to Nematodes.

Research

Research in my lab focuses on the compatible interaction between cyst nematodes and their hosts with particular emphasis on the soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines). We are working to characterize the signal transduction events leading to successful nematode establishment and parasitism. This includes characterization of changes in soybean and nematode gene expression during the different phases of parasitism. Furthermore, Arabidopsis thaliana mutants are screened for altered susceptibility to cyst nematodes with the goal of identifying and characterizing relevant genes. Understanding the compatible plant-nematode interaction will allow us to interfere with parasitism through genetic engineering of host plants.

Professional Associations

American Phytopathological Society (APS)
American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)
Deutsche Phytomedizinische Gesellschaft (DPG) (German Phytopathological Society)
European Society of Nematologists (ESN)
International Society of Plant-Microbe Interactions (IS-MPMI)
Society of Nematologists (SON); Membership Committee (1991-94, 1995-1998); Molecular Biology Committee (1994-97)

Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Recipient of the 2006 Ruth Allen Award of the American Phytopathological Society for research that changed a field of plant pathology.
Recipient of the 2004 Magna Mater top award at the 21st International Film Festival AGROFILM as the best and most valuable work for the movie "The Beet Cyst Nematode Heterodera schachtii".
Recipient of the 2003 Iowa State University Bailey Research Career Award to foster innovative research with practical implications.
Recipient of 2003 Syngenta Crop Protection Award of the Society of Nematologists (SON) in recognition for excellence in research in the field of Nematology.
Recipient of the 2002 Julius- Kühn-Award of the German Phytopathological Society (DPG) for outstanding contributions to the field of Phytopathology.
First Place Winner, Student Paper Competition, APS Southern Division Annual Meeting, Tulsa, OK, 1993.
First Place Winner, Annual Student Paper Competition, Department of Plant Pathology and Physiology, Clemson University, 1992.
Second Place Winner, Student Paper Competition, SON Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 1992.
Winner of the $5,000 R. C. Edwards Fellowship, Clemson University, 1992.

Teaching Responsibilities

PL P 506:  Plant-Pathogen Interactions (2-0); 2 credits every spring; responsible for one half.
PL P 574:  Plant Nematology (2-3); 3 credits alternate fall; responsible for complete course.

 

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