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Phyllosphere Microbial Ecology

Dr. Kevin Hockett, Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology, seeks a Ph.D. student who will apply community sequencing approaches to understand the role(s) of antagonistic interactions in structuring phyllosphere microbiomes at a fine scale.
Dr. Kevin Hockett | Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State

Dr. Kevin Hockett | Image: Michael Houtz, Penn State

The Hockett Lab has a Ph.D. position available for a motivated student to apply community sequencing approaches (amplicon sequencing and metagenomics) to understand the role(s) of antagonistic interactions in structuring phyllosphere microbiomes at a fine scale. This research will include a combination of next-generation sequencing, molecular genetics, and fluorescent-assisted cell sorting (FACS).

The goal of this work is to use a multidisciplinary approach to gain insight into how narrow-spectrum protein antibiotics (bacteriocins) influence the leaf microbial community, which has implications for the management of beneficial and plant pathogenic bacteria. This position will be co-advised with Dr. Terrence Bell, Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes, in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.

Contact Information

Kevin L. Hockett, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology
Phone: 814-865-4472