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Dr. Kevin Hockett to Join PPEM Faculty

Posted: September 3, 2016

Hockett will join PPEM as an Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology and will be a Lloyd Huck Early Career Professor in the Huck Institute of Life Sciences.
Image: Kevin Hockett, University of Arizona

Image: Kevin Hockett, University of Arizona

Dr. Kevin Hockett will join Penn State’s Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) on February 1, 2017. Hockett is currently a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Arizona. His research program focuses on the genetics and ecology of specialized "antibotics," called bacteriocins, used by plant-associated bacteria to compete against each other, evolutionary history of these microbe-microbe and plant-microbe interactions, and ways of using these bacteria-produced antibotics to develop new methods to control plant pathogens. He uses an integrative approach, combining bacterial genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, phylogenetics, and molecular biology in his research.

A native Oregonian, Hockett received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Oregon State University, and a doctorate in microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring. At Berkeley, he was an instructor in a synthetic course on the application of molecular technology for solving environmental problems. He further honed his pedagogical skills by teaching as an adjunct instructor at Pima Community College, a Hispanic Serving Institution in Tucson, Arizona, in addition to mentoring numerous students in laboratory-based microbiology.

Hockett will join PPEM as an Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology and will be a Lloyd Huck Early Career Professor in the Huck Institute of Life Sciences. He fills the first position offered in the university-wide Microbiome Initiative cluster hire initiated by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Huck.