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
Area of Expertise:
Insect Plant Interactions
Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington State University, 1983-1986
Postdoctoral Fellow, UT - San Antonio, 1981-1983
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of South Carolina, 1981
B.S., Chemistry and Zoology, University of Tennessee - Martin, 1976