Sean O’Mara

Sean O'MaraI am a PhD student in the Department of Plant Biology. I graduated from Lake Superior State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Biology, and received a Masters of Environmental Science from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2014. I joined the Department of Plant Biology in the fall of 2014 and am co-advised by Dr. H. Corby Kistler and Dr. Kathryn Bushley. Currently, I am investigating the role of cellular membrane-bound transporters in the transport and efflux of the Fusarium graminearum mycotoxin deoxynivalenol, commonly referred to as vomitoxin. My work will also seek to verify recent findings which suggest the widely used bio-control fungus Beauveria bassiana has the potential to produce deoxynivalenol. I joined the Mycology Club in 2015 and held the position of Communications Director before becoming the Vice President. I have enjoyed both officer positions greatly because they have allowed me to experience my area of research in different ways. When I’m not too busy as VP you can find me cooking a new recipe or just making up a new dish on the fly (mushrooms are a must on the ingredient list).