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Thomas Baldwin

Thomas Baldwin 

Dr. Thomas Baldwin is an Assistant Professor of Barley Pathology at North Dakota State University. He has more than a decade of Fusarium research experience in cereal crops. He obtained his BS degree in Biotechnology, magna cum laude from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in 2008. He earned his PhD Plant Pathology degree in The University of Georgia in 2013. Under the guidance of Dr. Anthony Glenn, he researched maize seedling blight caused by Fusarium verticillioides and the role of the mycotoxin fumonisin in causing disease. Prior to joining NDSU, Dr. Baldwin was a Research Geneticist at the USDA Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit in Aberdeen, ID. For his postdoctoral research, Dr. Baldwin developed novel insights into the resistance mechanisms of barley to Fusarium graminearum under the mentorship of the late Dr. Phil Bregitzer.

Dr. Baldwin’s current research focuses on the underlying molecular mechanisms of host resistance of barley to Fusarium head blight (FHB) and spot blotch. Other barley diseases of interest include spot form net blotch, stripe rust, barley yellow dwarf and bacterial streak. The Baldwin Lab explores the genetics of virulence for these diseases and applies advanced molecular analysis to aid in the discovery of novel resistance in barley.  Our research aims to understand the function of RNA interference and how small RNA plays a role in host-pathogen interactions. In addition, Dr. Baldwin manages the North American Barley Evaluation Nursery (NABSEN) and the FHB and spot blotch disease screening nurseries in North Dakota. Dr. Baldwin is assisted in his barley research by Patrick Gross.


Phone: 701-231-7078

Twitter: @barleypathology


Curriculum vitae


Budding Genetic Research of Yeast and Filamentous Fungi

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