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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.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University ‐ Biology Department
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2014 - 2019 Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University ‐ Biology Department
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2012 - 2014 Post-doctoral associate, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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Research Interests

Phyloegenetics, Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics, Molecular biology, Microbiology, Transport proteins, Lichens, Lichenizing fungi, Fungi, Algae, Cyanobacteria, Symbiosis, Mutualism, Pathogenesis, Secondary metabolism, and Genomes

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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.

Courses

  • Contemporary Biology: Epigenetics
  • Fungal Biology and Ecology
  • Biology of Microorganisms
  • Senior Seminar
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Foundations of Biology I

Education

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2011 Ph.D., Biology, Duke University
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2000 Master of Science, Plant Biology, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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1997 Other, Environmental Education, University of Minnesota - Duluth
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Publications (15)

Presentations (1)