Dr. Thornburg is interested in the regulation of plant defense genes. His long-term goals are to understand in molecular terms how plants respond to insect and pathogen attack. Plant responses are mediated by complex signalling pathways, signal transduction, hormones, nuclear factors and probably other unknown activities. Dr. Thornburg’s goal is to understand the biochemical mechanisms that contribute to expression of these plant defense genes.
Dr. Robert Thornburg
Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB)
Area of Expertise:
Regulation of Plant Defense Genes
B.S., Chemistry and Zoology, University of Tennessee-Martin
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of South Carolina