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  • Jaime E. Blair

    Associate Professor of Biology
    Office: LSP332C
    Office Hours: Monday 2-4pm, Wednesday 9-10am
    Summary: Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics. Molecular evolution of plant pathogens.

    Professional Biography

    2008-present   Assistant Professor, Dept of Biology, Franklin & Marshall College                         

    2006-2008       Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Biology, Amherst College                              

    2005-2006       Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Plant Pathology, Penn State University         


    B.A. with Honors in Biology, Ithaca College
    Ph.D. Biology and Astrobiology, Penn State University

    Research Interests

    Evolutionary genomics of eukaryotes, specifically plant pathogens; molecular phylogenetics; bioinformatics

    Grants & Awards

    2013: American Phytopathological Society Schroth Faces of the Future Symposium Award

    2012: Mycological Society of America Martin-Baker Research Award

    2011-2016: USDA-NIFA Oomycete CAP: Integrated management of Oomycete diseases of soybean and other crop plants (Co-PI with 27 others)

    2010-2013: USDA-AFRI Microbial Functional Genomics: Education in genomics-based microbial forensics (Co-PI with 6 others).


    Recent Publications:

    Heyman F, Blair JE, Persson L, Wikstrom M. 2013. Root rot of pea and faba bean in southern Sweden caused by Phytophthora pisi, sp. nov. Plant Disease 97(4): 462-471.

    Blair JE, Coffey MD, Martin FN. 2012. Species tree estimation for the late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, and close relatives. PLoS ONE 7(5): e37003.

    Kang S, Mansfield MA, Park B, Geiser DM, Ivors KL, Coffey MD, Grünwald NJ, Martin FM, Levesque AA, Blair JE. 2010. The promise and pitfalls of sequence-based identification of plant pathogenic fungi and fungus-like organisms. Phytopathology 100(8): 732-737.

    Blair JE. 2009. Fungi. In The Timetree of Life (eds. Hedges SB, Kumar S), pp. 213-220. Oxford University Press.

    Balci Y, Balci S, Blair JE, Park S-Y, Kang S, MacDonald WL. 2008. Phytophthora quercetorum sp. nov., a novel species isolated from eastern and north-central US oak forests. Mycological Research 112(8): 906-916.

    Blair JE, Coffey MD, Park S-Y, Geiser DM, Kang S. 2008. A multi-locus phylogeny for Phytophthora utilizing markers derived from complete genome sequences. Fungal Genetics and Biology 45(3): 266-277.

    Park J, Park B, Veeraraghavan N, Jung K, Lee Y-H, Blair JE, Geiser DM, Isard S, Mansfield MA, Nikolaeva E, Park S-Y, Russo J, Kim SH, Greene M, Ivors KL, Balci Y, Peiman M, Erwin DC, Coffey MD, Rossman A, Farr D, Cline E, Grunwald NJ, Luster DG, Schrandt J, Martin F, Ribeiro OK, Makalowska I, Kang S. 2008. Phytophthora Database: a forensic database supporting the identification and monitoring of Phytophthora. Plant Disease 92(6): 966-972.

    Park Jo, Park B, Jung K, Jang S, Yu K, Choi J, Kong S, Park Ja, Kim Se, Kim H, Kim So, Kim JF, Blair JE, Lee K, Kang S, Lee Y-H. 2008. CFGP: A web-based, comparative fungal genomics platform. Nucleic Acids Research 36: D562-D571.


    2013 (*indicates student co-author)

    JE Blair, Lauren Coffua '14, Tyler Veterano '14, Alison Greidinger '12, Amy Chabitnoy '11, and Lauren Cook '10. Measuring Oomycete Biodiversity in Aquatic, Forest, and Agricultural Ecosystems: culture-based and metagenomic approaches. Oomycete Molecular Genetics Network Annual Meeting, Asilomar CA.

    Student Collaborations

    Current Lab Members:

    Lauren Coffua '14

    Tyler Veterano '14

    Course Information

    Biology 305: Genetics

    Biology 313: Introduction to Genome Analysis

    Biology 37X: Pathogen Biology & Genomics

    FND 178: Believing Science in the Information Age