Our faculty is diverse, dedicated to science, research, public service and teaching. We cover a broad range of fundamental and applied science.  Aproximately 50% of our 26 PMB ladder faculty are elected members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), 16 faculty members are fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, six faculty members are  Miller Research Fellows, and two faculty members Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. Click on the faculty profiles below to learn more.


Barbara Baker

Adjunct Professor
Plant Innate Immunity

Associate Professor
Evolutionary Processes

Associate Professor
Fungi as a model system for the study of genetic variation and evolution
Professor Steven Brenner

Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Computational Biology, Genomics, Protein Function Prediction
Thomas D. Bruns, Microbiology, UC Berkeley

Professor Emeritus
Fungal Ecology

Professor Emeritus
Redox Regulation, Cereal Improvement
Professor John D. Coates

Professor of Microbiology and Academic Director, Energy Biosciences Institute
Devin Coleman-Derr

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Abiotic stress response and plant growth promoting microbial communities
adam deutschbauer

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Genetics, genomics, and large-scale protein function discovery
Lewis J. Feldman

Professor of Plant Biology and Executive Director, UC Botanical Garden
Plant and Root Development

Professor Emeritus
DNA Demethylation, Gene Imprinting
Jennifer Fletcher

Adjunct Professor
Plant Stem Cells, Developmental Signaling
Michael Freeling

Evolutionary History of Plants
Picture of Karine Gibbs, photograph by Adam Sings in the Timber

Associate Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Identity in social bacteria
N. Louise Glass

Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology and Graduate Group in Microbiology
Biofuels, Fungi
Britt A. Glaunsinger

Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology, Associate Chair
Virus-Host Interactions, RNA-Based Regulation

Adjunct Professor / Senior Scientist / Program Head
Fungal and Algal Genomics, Computational Biology

Assistant Professor
Plant Immunity and Cell Biology
Sarah C. Hake

Adjunct Professor Emerita
Plant Development and Plant Architecture
Frank Harmon

Adjunct Associate Professor
Circadian Clock
Andrew O. Jackson

Professor Emeritus
Molecular genetics and cell biology of plus and minus strand RNA plant viruses
Russell Jones

Professor Emeritus
Plant Signaling
portrait of Arash Komeili

Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Bacterial organelles and biomeinralization

Assistant Professor
Genomics and Innate Immune systems

Assistant Professor
Plant climate change adaptation and historical functional genomics

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Peggy G. Lemaux

Professor of Cooperative Extension
Crop Genetic Improvement via Engineering and Editing

Adjunct Associate Professor
Plant Disease and Immunity
steven lindow

Professor Emeritus
Ecology of Plant-Associated Microorganisms
Sheng Luan

Chancellor's Professor and Chair, Department of Plant & Microbial Biology
Plant Responses to the Environment

Assistant Professor
Lanthanide-biochemistry and metabolism. Microbial Physiology, Metabolic Engineering, Plant-microbe interactions, bioremediation and biometallurgy
photo of Sheila McCormick

Adjunct Professor Emerita
Pollen, Plant Fertilization
Professor Anastasios Melis

The Kase / Tsujimoto Distinguished Professor of Plant & Microbial Biology
Photosynthesis, Metabolic Engineering, Synthetic Biology, Bioenergy Research

Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology
Krishna K. Niyogi

Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology
Regulation of Photosynthesis and Photoprotection

Distinguished Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology & Plant and Microbial Biology
Bacterial pathogenesis
Peter Quail

Professor Emeritus
Light Signaling in Plants, Solar Energy Capture Optimization

Associate Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Signaling Pathways, Antibiotic Persistence, Cell Envelope Integrity
Henrik Vibe Scheller

Adjunct Professor
Renewable Energy, Plant Cell Walls

Associate Professor
Interactions between bacteria and their viral predators (bacteriophages)

Assistant Professor
Synthetic Biology, Plant Metabolism, Microbial Evolution
Chris R. Somerville

Professor Emeritus
University - Industry Collaborations
Shauna Somerville

Professor Emerita
Plant-pathogen interactions; mechanisms of host defense; cell wall integrity sensing

Maxine J. Elliot Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology
Plant Immunity
Z. Renee Sung

Professor Emeritus
Plant Growth and Development
Michi Taga

Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Microbial Nutritional Interactions
John W. Taylor

Professor of the Graduate School
Fungal evolution and genomics
Matt Traxler

Associate Professor
Bacterial interspecies interactions and specialized metabolism
John Vogel

Adjunct Professor
Grass Biology
Mary C. Wildermuth, Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Plant-Microbe Interactions

Assistant Professor
Plant epigenetics and cell identity

Professor Emerita
Type IV secretion in bacteria and cell-to-cell transport in plants