Vipa Phuntumart

Dr. Vipaporn Phuntumart

Ph. D., University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland   

Office:     129B Life Sciences Building
Phone:   1-419-372-4097

Research: Molecular, oomycete, pathology, microbiome, epigenetics

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Research Interests:

I am a pathologist with strong interest and expertise in molecular techniques and bioinformatics analysis. I have a broad background in molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions. My main research interests revolve around the molecular basis of host-microbe interactions. We are interested in both host-pathogen and host-beneficial microbe interactions. Our work has important implications for future agriculture, agri-business and food security. Our current projects include research on the interactions between pathogenic oomycetes, and their hosts ( plant and aquatic animals such as fish and crayfish). Current techniques used in our lab are bioinformatic analysis, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), quantitative PCR, epigenetic gene regulation and functional genomics. An important goal of the laboratory is to educate and prepare future scientists in the latest molecular and genomic techniques.

Selected Publications:

DiCocco, A., May, T., Crouse, C., Marancik, D., Phuntumart, V., Ghosh, S., Beligala, G.U., Redman, N., Murray, M., Fischer, G., Summerfelt, S. and Good, C. 2021. Reducing mortality associated with opportunistic infections in atlantic salmon salmo salar fry using hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid. Aquaculture Research. doi:

Aburahma A, Pachhain S, Choudhury S, R, Rana S, Phuntumart V, Larsen R, Sprague J, E. .2021. Potential Contribution of the Intestinal Microbiome to Phenethylamine-Induced Hyperthermia. Brain Behav Evol. doi: 10.1159/000512098

Beligala, G.U., Michaels, H. J. and Phuntumart, V. 2020. Screening of lupine germplasm for resistance against Phytophthora sojae. Botany 98: 261–272 (2020)

Beligala, G.U., Michaels, H. J. and Phuntumart, V. 2020. Screening of lupine germplasm for resistance against Phytophthora sojae. Botany 98: 261–272 (2020)

Ranger C.M., Biedermann P.H.W., Phuntumart V., Beligala G.U., Ghosh S., Palmquist D.E., Mueller R., Barnett J., Schultz P.B., Reding M.E, 2018. Symbiont selection via alcohol benefits fungus farming by ambrosia beetles. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 115(17):4447-4452.

Tyler BM, Tripathy S, Zhang X, Dehal P, Jiang RH, Aerts A, Arredondo FD, Baxter L, Bensasson D, Beynon JL, Chapman J, Damasceno CM, Dorrance AE, Dou D, Dickerman AW, Dubchak IL, Garbelotto M, Gijzen M, Gordon SG, Govers F, Grunwald NJ, Huang W, Ivors KL, Jones RW, Kamoun S, Krampis K, Lamour KH, Lee MK, McDonald WH, Medina M, Meijer HJ, Nordberg EK, Maclean DJ, Ospina-Giraldo MD, Morris PF, Phuntumart V, Putnam NH, Rash S, Rose JK, Sakihama Y, Salamov AA, Savidor A, Scheuring CF, Smith BM, Sobral BW, Terry A, Torto-Alalibo TA, Win J, Xu Z, Zhang H, Grigoriev IV, Rokhsar DS, Boore JL. Phytophthora genome sequences uncover evolutionary origins and mechanisms of pathogenesis. Science. 2006 Sep 1;313(5791):1261-6. doi: 10.1126/science.1128796. PMID: 16946064.

Ridge E, Pachhain S, Choudhury S, Bodnar S, Larsen R, Phuntumart V and Sprague J. 2019. The influence of the host microbiome on 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-induced hyperthermia and vice versa. Scientific Reports.

Keeratijarut, A., Lohnoo, T., Rujirawat, T., Yingyong, W., Kalambaheti, T., Miller, S., Phuntumart, V., Krajaejun, T., 2015. The Immunoreactive Exo-1,3-beta-Glucanase from the Pathogenic Oomycete Pythium insidiosum Is Temperature Regulated and Exhibits Glycoside Hydrolase Activity. PLoS One 10, e0135239.

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