Seogchan Kang, Ph.D.

  • Professor
Seogchan Kang, Ph.D.
311 Buckhout Lab (office)
312 Buckhout Lab (lab)

University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-3846
Fax: 814-863-7217

Areas of Expertise

  • Biocontrol
  • Fungal genetics and genomics
  • Microbial chemical ecology
  • Molecular diagnosis of plant pathogens


  1. B.S., Seoul National University Chemistry
  2. M.S., Seoul National University Chemistry
  3. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Physiological Chemistry


Three main goals are:

  • Improve the efficacy and reliability of biocontrol via enhanced understanding of the chemical ecology underpinning plant-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions
  • Advance our understanding of the molecular, cellular, and evolutionary mechanisms underlying plant-fungal pathogen interactions;
  • Support community research and education on plant pathogens by archiving and disseminating phylogenetic and genomic data through web-based informatics platforms.

Specific focus areas include:

  1. Volatile metabolite-mediated recognition and inhibition between plant pathogens and biocontrol agents
  2. Molecular and cellular mechanisms underpinning root pathogenesis using the Arabidopsis thaliana and Fusarium oxysporum pathosystem as a model;
  3. Roles of fungal volatile organic compounds in controlling fungal interactions with plants and fungal ecology; 
  4. Calcium-mediated regulation of fungal growth, development, and pathogenesis;
  5. Development of community cyber-infrastructures supporting fungal comparative genomics and diagnostics.


  1. Fellowship from the National Research Foundation of Korea Brain Pool Program (2019)
  2. President’s International Fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Science (2019) 
  3. American Phytopathological Society Fellow (2017)
  4. American Phytopathological Society Ruth Allen Award (2013)
  5. Penn State Institute for CyberScience Faculty Fellow (2012)
  6. Innovation Award from the Penn State Environment and Natural Resources Institute (2009)
  7. American Phytopathological Society Syngenta Award (2008)
  8. Elected to Gamma Sigma Delta (2007)
  9. Markey Fellowship from the Univ. of Wisconsin (1985-1988)

Professional Activities and Services

  1. Panel member for the USDA-NRI and USDA-AFRI Competitive Grant Programs (four times), the NSF/NIFA PBI Program (once) and USDA-ARS NP303 (once)
  2. Editorial Board Member of Plant Pathology Journal (1999-present) and Mycology (2009-present) and Senior Editor of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (2013-2018)
  3. Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (1991-present) and American Phytopathological Society (1997-present)
  4. Member, Vice-chair and Chair of APS Genetics Committee, member (2006-2011) and Director (2011-2013) of APS Office of Electronic Communication, and member of APS Publication Board (2011-2013)
  5. Manuscript reviewer for >50 journals
  6. Grant reviewer for national and international granting agencies, including BARD (Binational Agricultural Research & Development Fund), California Department of Food & Agriculture, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, NSF, USDA, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in UK, Fonds zur Forderung der wisesenschaftlichen Forchung in Austria, and National Science Centre in Poland

Publications since 2008


Peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. Rafique, K., Rauf, C. A., and Kang, S. (2020) First report of Fusarium equiseti causing vascular wilt on Lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus) in Pakistan. J. Plant Pathology 10.1007/s42161-019-00460-x.
  2. Li, N., Islam, M., and Kang, S. (2019) Secreted metabolite-mediated interactions between rhizosphere bacteria and Trichoderma biocontrol agents. PLoS One 14: e0227228.
  3. Wang, W., Li, N., Liu, X., and Kang, S. (2019) I Plate-based Assay for Studying How Fungal Volatile Compounds (VCs) Affect Plant Growth and Development and the Identification of VCs via SPME-GC-MS. Bio-Protocol 9: e3166.
  4. Kim, K.-T., Ko, J., Song, H., Choi, G., Kim, H., Jeon, J., Cheong, K., Kang, S., and Y.-H. Lee (2019) Evolution of the Genes Encoding Effector Candidates Within Multiple Pathotypes of Magnaporthe oryzae. Frontiers in Microbiology 10: 2575.
  5. Tsolakidou, M., Pantelides, I. Tzima, Kang, S., Paplomatas, E., and Tsaltas, D. (2019) Disruption and overexpression of the gene encoding ACC (1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid) deaminase in soil-borne fungal pathogenVerticillium dahliae revealed the role of ACC as a potential regulator of virulence and plant defense. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 32: 639-653
  6. Li, N., Alfiky, A. Wang, W., Islam, M., Nourollahi, K., Liu, X., and Kang, S. (2018) Volatile compound-mediated recognition and inhibition between Trichoderma biocontrol agents and Fusarium oxysporum. Frontiers in Microbiology 9: 2614.
  7. Li, N., Wang, W., Bitas, V., Subbarao, K., Liu, X., and Kang, S. (2018) Volatile compounds emitted by diverse Verticillium species enhance plant growth by manipulating auxin signaling. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 30: 1021-1031.
  8. Li, N. and Kang, S. (2018) Do volatile compounds produced by Fusarium oxysporum and Verticillium dahliae affect stress tolerance in plants? Mycology 6: 166-175.
  9. Kim, H-S., Kim, J-E., Son, H., Frailey, D., Cirino, R., Lee, Y-W., Duncan, R., Czymmek, K.J., Kang, S. (2018) Roles of three Fusarium graminearum membrane Ca2+ channels in the formation of Ca2+ signatures, growth, development, pathogenicity, and mycotoxin production. Fungal Genetics and Biology. 111: 30-46
  10. McCluskey, K., Barker, K.B., Barton, H.A., Boundy-Mills, K., Brown, D.R., Coddington, J.A., Cook, K., Desmeth, P., Geiser, D., Glaeser, J.A., Greene, S., Kang, S., Lomas, M.W., Melcher, U., Miller, S.E., Nobles, D.R., Jr., Owens, K.J., Reichman, J.H., da Silva, M., Wertz, J., Whitworth, C., Smith, D. (2017) The U.S. Culture Collection Network Responding to the Requirements of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. MBio 8.
  11. Rauf, C. A., Rafique, K., Naz, F., Kang, S. (2016) First report of lentil wilt caused by Fusarium nygamai in Pakistan. J. Plant Pathology 98: 696 (Disease Note).
  12. Li, N., Alfiky, A., Vaughan, M. M., Kang, S. (2016) Stop and smell the fungi: Fungal volatile metabolites are overlooked signals involved in fungal interaction with plants. Fungal Biology Reviews 30: 134-144.
  13. Kim, K., Jeon, J., Choi, J., Cheong, K., Song, H., Choi, G., Kang, S. and Lee, Y.-H. (2016) Kingdom-wide analysis of fungal secretomes, with the focus on small secreted proteins, to evaluate their role in different lifestyles. Frontiers in Plant Science 7: 186.
  14. O’Donnell, K., Ward, T., Robert, V. A. R. G., Crous, P. W., Geiser, D. M., and Kang, S. (2015) DNA sequence-based identification of Fusarium: Current status and future directions. Phytoparasitica 43:583-595.
  15. Bitas, V., McCartney, N., Li, N., Demers, J., Kim, J.-E., Kim, H., Brown, K. M., and Kang, S. (2015) Fusarium oxysporum volatiles enhance plant growth by affecting auxin transport and signaling. Frontiers in Microbiology 6: 1248.
  16. Kim, H., Kim, J., Frailey, D., Nohe, A., Duncan, R., Czymmek, K., and Kang, S. (2015) Roles of three Fusarium oxysporum calcium ion (Ca2+) channels in generating Ca2+ signatures and controlling growth. Fungal Genetics & Biology 82: 145-157.
  17. Boundy-Mills, K., Hess, M., Bennett, A. R., Ryan, M., Kang, S., Nobles, D., Eisen, J. A., Inderbitzin, P., Sitepu, I. R., Torok, T., Brown, D. R., Cho, J., Wertz, J. E., Mukherjee, S., Cady, S. L., and McCluskey, K. (2015) The United States Culture Collection Network (USCCN): Enhancing Microbial Genomics Research through Living Microbe Culture Collections. Applied & Environmental Microbiology 81: 5671-5674.
  18. Sun, J., Park, S.-Y., Kang, S., Liu, X., Qiu, J. and Xiang, M. (2015) Development of a transformation system for Hirsutella spp. and visualization of the mode of nematode infection by GFP-labeled H. minnesotensis. Scientific Reports 5: 10477.
  19. Tzima, A., Paplomatas, E. J., Schoina, C., Domazakis, E., Kang, S., and Goodwin, P. H. (2014) Successful Agrobacterium mediated transformation of Thielaviopsis basicola by optimizing multiple conditions. Fungal Biology 118: 675-682.
  20. Park, J., Kong, S., Kim, S., Kang, S., and Lee, Y.-H. (2014) Roles of Forkhead-box Transcription Factors in Controlling Development, Pathogenicity, and Stress Response in Magnaporthe oryzae. Plant Pathology Journal 30: 136-150.
  21. Kang, S. (2014) Plant Pathology 2.0. Molecular Plant Pathology 15: 315–318.
  22. Park, S.-Y., Jeong, M.-H., Kim, J., Yu, N.-H., Kim, S., Kim, Y., Cheong, Y. H., Kang, S., Lee, Y.-H., and Hur, J.-S. (2013) Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation of a lichen-forming fungus, Umbilicaria muehlenbergii. PLoS ONE 8(12): e83896.
  23. Park, B., Martin, F., Geiser, D. M., Kim, H.-S., Mansfield, M. A., Nikolaeva, E., Park, S.-Y., Coffey, M. D., Russo, J., Kim, S. H., Abad, G., Burgess, T., Grünwald, N., K., Cheong, J., Choi, J., Lee, Y.-H., and Kang, S. (2013) Phytophthora Database 2.0: Update and future direction. Phytopathology 103: 1204-1208.
  24. Park, S.-Y., Choi, J., Lim, S.-E., Lee, G.-W., Park, J., Kim, Y., Kong, S., Kim S. R., Rho, H.-S., Jean, J., Chi, M.H., Kim, S., Khang, C. H., Kang, S., and Lee, Y.-H. (2013) Global expression profiling of transcription factor genes provides new insights into pathogenicity and stress responses in the rice blast fungus. PLoS Pathogen 9(6): e1003350.
  25. Bitas, V., Kim, H.-S., Bennett, J., and Kang, S. (2013) Sniffing on microbes: Diverse roles of microbial volatile organic compounds in plant health. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 26: 835–843.
  26. Jiménez-Fernández, D., Landa, B. B., Kang, S., Jiménez-Díaz, R. M. and Navas-Cortés, J. A. (2013) Quantitative and microscopic assessment of compatible and incompatible interactions between chickpea and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. ciceris. PLoS ONE 8: e61360.
  27. Geiser, D. G., Aoki, T., Bacon, C. W., Baker, S. E., Bhattacharyya, M. K., Brandt, M. E., Brown, D. W., Burgess, L. W., Chulze, S., Coleman, J. J., Correll, J. C., Covert, S. F., Crous, P. W., Cuomo, C. W., De Hoog, G. S., Di Pietro, A., Elmer, W. H., Epstein, L., Frandsen, R. J. N., Freeman, S., Glenn, A. E., Gordon, T. R., Hammond-Kosack, K. E., Hanson, L. E., Jímenez-Gasco, M. M., Kang, S., Kistler, H. C., Kuldau, G. A., Leslie, J. F., Logrieco, A., Lu, G., Lysøe, E., Ma, L.-J., McCormick, S. P., Migheli, Q., Moretti, A., Munaut, F., O’Donnell, K., Pfenning, L., Ploetz, R. C., Proctor, R. H., Rehner, S. A., Robert, V. A.R.G., Rooney, A. P., Salleh, B., Scandiani, M. M., Scauflaire, J., Steenkamp, E., Suga, H., Summerell, B. A., Sutton, D. A., Thrane, U., Trail, F., Diepeningen, A. V., VanEtten, H. D., Viljoen, A., Waalwijk, C., Ward, T. J., Wingfield, M. J., Xu, J.-R., Yang, X.-B., Yli-Mattila, T., and Zhang, N. (2013) One Fungus, One Name: Defining the genus Fusarium in a scientifically robust way that preserves longstanding use. Phytopathology 103: 400-408.
  28. Rooney, A. P., Proctor, R. H., Brown, D. W., McCormick, S. P., Ward, T. J. Frandsen, R. j. N., Lysøe, E., Rehner, S. A., Aoki, T., Robert, V. A. R. G., Crous, P. W., Groenewald, E., Kang, S., and Geiser, D. G. (2013) Phylogenetic analyses of RPB1 and RPB2 support a middle Cretaceous origin for a clade comprising all agriculturally and medically important fusaria. Fungal Genetics & Biology 52: 20-31.
  29. Choi, J., Cheong, K., Jung, J., Jeon, J., Lee, G.-W., Kang, S., Kim, S., Lee, Y.-W., and Lee, Y.-H. (2013) CFGP 2.0: A versatile web-based platform for supporting comparative and evolutionary genomics of fungi and Oomycetes. Nucleic Acids Research 41: D714-D719.
  30. Moktali, V., Park, J., Fedorova-Abrams, N., Park, B., Choi, J., Lee, Y.-H., and Kang, S. (2012) Systematic and searchable classification of cytochrome P450 proteins encoded by fungal and oomycete genomes. BMC Genomics 13: 525 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-13-525.
  31. Kim, H.-S., Czymmek, K., Patel, A., Modlar, S., Nohe, A., Duncan, R., Gilroy, S., and Kang, S. (2012) The first successful expression of the Cameleon calcium sensor in multiple filamentous fungi: the visualization of cytoplasmic calcium dynamics in vitro and in vivo. Fungal Genetics & Biology 49: 589-601.
  32. Tzima, A., Paplomatas, E. J., Tsitsigiannis, D., and Kang, S. (2012) The G protein b-subunit controls virulence and multiple traits in Verticillium dahliae. Fungal Genetics & Biology 49: 271-283.
  33. Nikolaeva, E., Kang, S., Olson, T., and Kim, S. H. (2012) Real-time PCR detection of Rhodococcus fascians and discovery of potential new host plants for R. fascians in Pennsylvania. Online. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2012-0227-02-RS.
  34. O’Donnell, K., Humber, R. A., Geiser, D. M., Kang, S., Park, B., Robert, V. A. R. G., Crous, P. W., Johnston, P. R., Aoki, T., Rooney, A. P., and Rehner, S. A. (2012) Phylogenetic diversity of insecticolous fusaria inferred from multilocus DNA sequence data and their molecular identification via FUSARIUM-ID and Fusarium MLST. Mycologia 104: 427-445.
  35. Maruthachalam, K., Klosterman, S. J., Kang, S., and Subbarao, K. V. (2011) Identification of pathogenicity-related genes in the vascular wilt fungus Verticillium dahliae by Agrobacterium tumefaciens­-mediated T-DNA insertional mutagenesis. Molecular Biotechnology 49: 209-221.
  36. Klosterman, S. J., Subbarao, K. V., Kang, S., Veronese, P., Gold, S. E., Thomma, B. P. H. J. Chen, Z., Henrissat, B., Lee, Y.-H., Park, J., Garcia-Pedrajas, M. D., Barbara, D. J., Anchieta, A., de Jonge, R., Santhanam, P., Maruthachalam, K., Atallah, Z., Amyotte, S. G., Zahi P., Inderbitzin, P., Hayes, R. J., Heiman, D. I., Young, S., Zeng, Q., Engels, R., Koehrsen, M., Galagan, J., Birren, B., Cuomo, C., Dobinson, K. F., and Ma, L.-J. (2011) Verticillium comparative genomics yields insights into niche adaptation by plant vascular wilt pathogens. PLoS Pathogen 7(7): e1002137.
  37. Kim, H.-S., Park, S.-Y., Lee, S., Adams, E. L., Czymmek, K., and Kang, S. (2011) Loss of cAMP-dependent protein kinase A affects multiple traits important for root pathogenesis by Fusarium oxysporum. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 24: 719-732.
  38. Njoroge, S. M. C., Vallad, G. E., Park, S.-Y., Kang, S., Koike, S. T., Bolda, M., Burman, P., Polonik, W., and Subbarao, K. V. (2011) Phenological and phytostructural changes influence Verticillium dahliae interaction with broccoli and cauliflower. Phytopathology 101:523-534.
  39. Park, B., Park, J., Cheong, K.-C., Choi, J., Jung, J., Lee, Y.-H., Wald, T. J., O’Donnell, K., Geiser, D. M., and Kang, S. (2011) Cyber-infrastructure for Fusarium (CiF): Three integrated platforms supporting strain identification, phylogenetics, comparative genomics, and knowledge sharing. Nucleic Acids Research (Database Issue) 39: D640-D646.
  40. Tzima, A., Paplomatas, E. J., Rauyaree, P., Ospina-Giraldo, M. D., and Kang, S. (2011) VdSNF1, the sucrose non-fermenting protein kinase gene of Verticillium dahliae, is required for virulence and expression of genes involved in cell wall degradation. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 24: 129-142.
  41. Park, S.-Y., Chi, M.-H., Kim, H., Milgroom, M. G., Han, S.-S., Kang, S., and Lee, Y.-H. (2010) Genetic stability of Magnaporthe oryzae isolates during successive passages through rice plant and artificial medium. Plant Pathology Journal 26: 313-320.
  42. An, Y., Kang, S., Kim, K.-D., Hwang, B. K., and Jeun, Y. C. (2010) Enhanced defense responses of tomato plants against late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans by pre-inoculation with rhizobacteria. Crop Protection 29: 1406-1412.
  43. O’Donnell, K., Sutton, D. A., Rinaldi, M. G., Sarver, B. A. J., Balajee, A., Schroers, H.-J., Summerbell, R. C., Robert, V. A. R. G., Crous, P. W., Zhang, N., Aoki, T., Jung, K., Park, J., Lee, Y.-H., Kang, S., Park, B., and Geiser, D. M. (2010) An  Internet-Accessible DNA Sequence Database for Identification of Fusaria from Human and Animal Infections. J. Clinical Microbiology 48: 3708-3718.
  44. Kang, S., Mansfield, M. A., Park, B., Geiser, D. M., Ivors, K. L., Coffey, M. D., Grunwald, N., Martin, F. N., Levesque, A., and Blair, J. E. (2010) The promise and pitfalls of sequence-based identification of plant pathogenic fungi and oomycetes. Phytopathology 100: 732-737.
  45. Balmas, V., Migheli, Q., Schrm, B., Garau, P., O’Donnell, K., Ceccherelli, G., Kang, S., and Geiser, D. M. (2010) Multilocus phylogenetics show high levels of endemic fusaria inhabiting Sardinian soils (Tyrrhenian Islands). Mycologia 102: 803-812.
  46. Khang, C.-H., Berruyer, R., Giraldo, M., Kankanala, P., Park, S.-Y., Czymmek, K., Kang,  S., and Valent, B. (2010) Translocation of Magnaporthe oryzae Effectors into Rice Cells and Their Subsequent Cell-to-Cell Movement. Plant Cell 22: 1388-1403.
  47. Kim, S. H., Olson, T. N., Peffer, N. D., Nikolaeva, E. V., Park, S.-Y., and Kang, S. (2010) First report of bacterial spot of tomato caused by Xanthomonas gardneri in Pennsylvania. Plant Disease (Note) 94: 638.
  48. Jin, J.-M., Lee, S., Lee, J., Baek, S.-R., Kim, J.-C., Yun, S.-H., Park, S.-Y., Kang, S., and Lee, Y.-W. (2010) Functional characterization and manipulation of the apicidin biosynthetic pathway in Fusarium semitectum. Molecular Microbiology 76: 456–466.
  49. Tzima, A., Paplomatas, E. J., Rauyaree, P., and Kang, S. (2010) Roles of the catalytic subunit of cAMP dependent protein kinase A in virulence and development of the soilborne plant pathogen Verticillium dahliae. Fungal Genetics & Biology 47: 407-415.
  50. Ma, L.-J., van der Does, H. C., Borkovich, K. A., Coleman, J. J., Daboussi, M.-J., Di Pietro, A., Dufresne, M., Freitag, M., Grabherr, M., Henrissat, B., Houterman, P. M., Kang, S., Shim, W.-B., Woloshuk, C., Xie, X., Xu, J.-R., Antonxiw, J., Baker, S. E., Bluhm, B. H., Breakspear, A., Brown, D. W., Butchko, R. A. E., Chapman, S., Coulson, R., Coutinho, P. M., Danchin, E. J. G., Diener, A., Gale, L. R., Gardiner, D. M., Goff , S., Hammond-Kosack, K. E., Hilburn, K., Houterman, P. M., Hua-Van, A., Jonkers, W., Kazan, K., Kodira, C. D., Koehrsen, M., Kumar, L., Lee, Y.-H., Li, L., Manners, J. M., Miranda-Saavedra, D., Mukherjee, M., Park, G., Park, J., Park, S.-Y., Proctor, R. H., Regev, A., Ruiz-Roldan, M. C., Sain, D., Sakthikumar, S., Sykes, S., Schwartz, D. C., Turgeon, B. G., Wapinski, I., Yoder, O., Young, S., Zeng, Q., Zhou, S., Galagan, J., Cuomo, C. A., Kistler, H. C., and Rep, M. (2010) Comparative genomics reveals mobile pathogenicity chromosomes in Fusarium oxysporum. Nature 464: 367-373.
  51. Choi, J., Park, J., Kim, D., Jung, K., Kang, S., and Lee, Y.-H. (2010) Fungal Secretome Database (FSD): Integrated platform for annotation of fungal secretomes. BMC Genomics 11:105.
  52. Lee, S.-W., Ahn, I.-P., Sim, S.-Y., Lee, S.-Y., Seo, M.-W., Kim, S., Park, S.-Y., Lee, Y.-H., and Kang, S. (2010) Pseudomonas sp. LSW25R, antagonistic to plant pathogens, promoted plant growth, and reduced blossom-end rot tomato fruits in a hydroponic system. European J. Plant Pathology 126:1-11.
  53. Marelli, J.-P., Maximova, S. N., Gramacho, K. J., Kang, S., and Guiltinan, M. J. (2009) Infection biology of  witches’ broom disease on Theobroma cacao and alternate solanaceous hosts: a comparative study. Tropical Plant Biology 2:149-169.
  54. O’Donnell, K. Gueidan, C., Sink, S., Johnston, P. R., Crous, P. W., Glenn, A., Riley, R., Zitomer, N. C., Colyerr, P., Waalwijk, C., van der Lee, T., Moretti, A., Kang, S., Kim, H., Geiser, D. M., Juba, J. H., Baayen, R. P., Cromey, M. G., Bithell, S., Sutton, D. A., Skovgaard, K., Ploetz, R., Kistler, H. C., Elliott, M., Davis, M., and Sarver, B. A. J. (2009) A two-locus DNA sequence database for typing plant and human pathogens within the Fusarium oxysporum species complex. Fungal Genetics & Biology 46: 936–948.
  55. Lee, W., Park, J., Choi, J., Park, B., Jung, K., Ahn, K., Kang, S., Lee, Y.-H., and Lee, S.  (2009) IMGD: an integrated platform supporting comparative genomics and phylogenetics of insect mitochondrial genomes. BMC Genomics 10:148.
  56. Nikolaeva, E. V., Park, S.-Y., Kang, S., Olson, T. N., and Kim, S. H. (2009) Ratios of cells with and without virulence genes in Rhodococcus fascians populations correlate with degrees of symptom development. Plant Disease 93: 499-506.
  57. Yi, M., Park, S.-Y., Khang, C., Kang, S., Valent, B, and Lee, Y.-H. (2009) The ER Chaperone MoLHS1 Plays Key Roles in Asexual Development and Pathogenesis in the Rice Blast Fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. Plant Cell 21: 681-695.
  58. Park, J., Jin, J., Lee, Y., Kang, S., and Lee, Y.-H. (2009) Rice blast fungus (Magnaporthe oryzae) infects Arabidopsis via a distinct mechanism from that required for the infection of rice. Plant Physiology 149: 474-486.
  59. Jin, J., Baek, S., Lee, K., Lee, J., Yun, S., Kang, S. and Lee, Y.-W. (2008) Purification and evaluation of phytotoxicity of apicidins produced by the Fusarium semitectum KCTC16676. Plant Pathology J. 4: 417-422.
  60. Jung, K., Park, J., Choi, J., Park, B., Kim, S., Ahn, K., Choi, J., Choi, D., Kang, S. and Lee, Y.-H. (2008) SNUGB: a versatile genome browser supporting comparative and functional fungal genomics. BMC Genomics 9:586.
  61. Klimes, A., Amyotte, S., Grant, S., Kang, S., and Dobinson, K. F. (2008) Microsclerotia development in Verticillium dahliae: regulation and differential expression of the hydrophobin gene VDH1. Fungal Genetics & Biology 45: 1525-1532.
  62. Park, J., Lee, S., Choi, J., Ahn, K., Park, B., Lee, S., Kim, S., Park, B., Park, J., Kang, S. and Lee, Y.-H. (2008) Fungal Cytochrome P450 Database. BMC Genomics 9:402.
  63. Balci, Y., Balci, S., Blair, J.E., Park, S.-Y., Kang, S., and MacDonald, W. (2008) Phytophthora quercetorum sp. nov., a novel species isolated from eastern and north-central US oak forest soils. Mycological Research 112: 906-916.
  64. Park, J., Park, B., Veeraraghavan, N., Blair, J.E., Geiser, D.M., Isard, S., Mansfield, M.A., Nikolaeva, E., Park, S.-Y., Russo, J., Kim, S.H., Greene, M., Ivors, K.L., Balci, Y., Peiman, M., Erwin, D.C., Coffey, M.D., Jung, K., Lee, Y.-H., Rossman, A., Farr, D., Cline, E., Grünwald, N.J., Luster, D.G., Schrandt, J., Martin, F., Ribeiro, O.K., Makalowska, I., and Kang, S. (2008) Phytophthora Database: A forensic database supporting the identification and monitoring of Phytophthora. Plant Disease 92: 966-972.
  65. Park, J., Park, J., Jang, S., Kim, S., Kong, S., Choi, J., Ahn, K., Kim, J., Lee, S., Kim, S., Park, B., Jung, K., Kim, S., Kang, S., and Lee, Y.-H. (2008) FTFD: An informatics pipeline supporting phylogenomic analysis of fungal transcription factors. Bioinformatics 24: 1024-1025.
  66. Khang, C., Park, S.-Y., Lee, Y.-H., Valent, B., and Kang, S. (2008) Genome organization and evolution of the AVR-Pita avirulence gene family in the Magnaporthe grisea species complex. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 21: 658-670.
  67. Park, J., Park, B., Jung, J., Jang, S., Yu, K., Kong, S., Park, S., Kim, S., Choi, J., Kim, H., Kim, S., Blair, J.E., Lee, K., Kang, S. and Lee, Y.-H. (2008) CFGP: a Web-based, Comparative Fungal Genomics Platform. Nucleic Acids Research 36: D74-D81.
  68. Park, S.-Y., Milgroom, M.G., Han, S.S., Kang, S., and Lee, Y.-H. (2008) Genetic differentiation of Magnaporthe oryzae populations from scouting plots and commercial rice fields in Korea. Phytopathology 98: 436-442.
  69. Blair, J.E., Coffey, M.D., Park, S.-Y., Geiser, D.M., and Kang, S. (2008) A multi-locus phylogeny for Phytophthora utilizing markers derived from complete pathogen genomes. Fungal Genetics & Biology 45:266-277.


Book Chapters

  1. Kang, S., Mansfield, M., Park, B., and Martin, F. (2016) Molecular identification of Phytophthora isolates using a DNA sequence based approach and the Phytophthora Database. In: K. Ivors (ed.) Laboratory Protocols for Phytophthora Species. APS Press, St. Paul, MN
  2. Kang, S., Demers, J., Jamenez-Gasco, M., and Rep, M. (2014) Fusarium oxysporum. pp. 99-119. In: R. Dean, A. Lichens-Park and K. Chittaranjan (eds.) Genomics of Plant-Associated Fungi and Oomycetes: Dicot Pathogens. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.
  3. Adams, E. L., Emerson, D., Croker, S., Kim, H., Kang, S., and Czymmek, C. (2012) Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM): A Tool for Studying Biophysical Surface Properties Underpinning Fungal Interactions with Plants and Substrates. pp. 151-164. In: T. Bart and M. Bolton (eds.) Plant Fungal Pathogens: Methods and Protocols. Humana Press, Totowa.

Research Interests

Biological Control
Biology and Ecology of Plant-Microbe and Plant-Environment Interactions
Forest Pathology
Fungal Systematics and Evolution
Microbial Ecology and Population Biology
Microbial Genomics and Informatics
Microbe-Host Interactions and Ecosystem Effects Faculty

Molecular and cellular mechanisms underpinning root-fungal pathogen interactions

Microbial Genomics, Evolution and Bioinformatics Faculty

Development of web-based databases and tools to support fungal systematics and genomics; comparative genomics to study the evolution and function of fungal protein families and functional groups


AGBIO 802: Plant Protection: Responding to Introductions of Threatening Pests and Pathogens

3 credits; every fall semester | Online course via the Penn State World Campus

PLBIO 513 Integrative Plant Communication and Growth

4 credits; every spring semester | Team-taught course by the Plant Biology Program faculty

PPATH 522 Professional Development and Ethics in Plant Pathology

1 credit; every fall semester

PPATH 533 Molecular Genetics of Plant-Pathogen Interactions

3 credits; every other fall semester