B.A., Miami University
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Michael McMullen is a research geneticist with the USDA-ARS. His research is focused on understanding the genetic, biological and molecular basis of agronomic traits in maize, particularly host plants response to pathogens and pests. The approach uses molecular markers to characterize the genetic basis of plant response. The eventual goal is to isolate genes controlling resistance to major maize pathogens/pests to allow direct manipulation of varietal response. Additional research projects involve development of molecular genetic resources (molecular probes, genetic maps, and mutants) for maize.