About Tami McDonald, PhD
Tami McDonald is a microbiologist and evolutionary geneticist specializing in the evolution of symbioses in fungi, plants and bacteria. She employs techniques from phylogenetics, genetics, genomics, epigenetics and molecular biology to understand nutrient exchange molecules and pathways. Her work focuses on the transport of nitrogen and carbon between symbiotic partners. Since joining the faculty in 2014, Dr. McDonald has welcomed student collaborators to participate in independent projects related to reconstructing the evolutionary history of a protein family responsible for the transport of ammonium across cell membranes as well as other projects relating to nutrient transport and symbiotic life.
|Present||Associate Professor, St. Catherine University ‐ Biology Department|
|2014 - 2019||Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University ‐ Biology Department|
|2012 - 2014||Post-doctoral associate, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities|
Phyloegenetics, Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics, Molecular biology, Microbiology, Transport proteins, Lichens, Lichenizing fungi, Fungi, Algae, Cyanobacteria, Symbiosis, Mutualism, Pathogenesis, Secondary metabolism, and Genomes
Honors and Awards
- International Association of Lichenology. (2014). Mason Hale Dissertation award, presented once every three years in an international competition for the best Ph.D. dissertation concerning lichens.
- Contemporary Biology: Epigenetics
- Fungal Biology and Ecology
- Biology of Microorganisms
- Senior Seminar
- Introduction to Microbiology
- Foundations of Biology I
|2011||Ph.D., Biology, Duke University|
|2000||Master of Science, Plant Biology, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities|
|1997||Other, Environmental Education, University of Minnesota - Duluth|
Understanding transport processes in lichen, Azolla–cyanobacteria, ectomycorrhiza, endomycorrhiza, and ...
Intimate interactions between photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic organisms require the orchestrated transfer of ions and metabolites between species. We review recent ...
MpAMT1;2 from Marchantia polymorpha Is a High-Affinity, Plasma Membrane ...
Plant and Cell Physiology (2018)
Plant ammonium transporters in the AMT/MEP/Rh (ammonium transporter/methylammonium and ammonium permease/Rhesus factor) superfamily have only been previously characterized in flowering ...