Charles OppermanPlant Nematode Genetics Group, Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA F1000 Faculty Member (since 27 August 2001)
Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University
BS Agronomy Plant Breeding specialization, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
PhD Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Phytopathological Society
European Society of Nematologists
International Society of Plant-Microbe Interactions
Society of Nematologists
AWARDS AND HONORS:
January, 2001 Researcher-in-Residence, The Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe NM
1998-present Lawes Trust Senior Fellowship, Rothamsted Research Ltd, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, United Kingdom
1983-1985 RJ Reynolds Graduate Fellowship, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida
Charles Opperman is the Project Director for the Tobacco Genome Initiative, which aims to sequence tag greater than 90% of the genes in Nicotiana.
In addition, his group is completing a whole genome shotgun sequence of the nematode-parasitic bacterium, Pasteuria penetrans.
Dr Opperman is also the Project Director to sequence the genome of the plant parasitic nematode, Meloidogyne hapla (root-knot nematode).
Research in his laboratory focuses on several major areas. The main thrust of the program is aimed at understanding the cellular and genetic basis of parasitism. A key approach in all of these projects is using phylogenetic relationships to help determine gene function and evolution.
In addition, he is keenly interested in the differences between free-living and parasitic nematode species. For example, the root-knot nematode sequencing project will take advantage of genome co-linearity with Caenorhabditis elegans. Similar approaches have been utilized for the bacterial sequences and the solanaceous tobacco genes.
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