Sean O’Mara

Sean O'MaraSean is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Biology. He 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. Sean joined the Department of Plant Biology in the fall of 2014 and is co-advised by Dr. H. Corby Kistler and Dr. Kathryn Bushley. Currently, Sean is investigating the role of cellular membrane-bound transporters in the transport and efflux of the Fusarium graminearum mycotoxin deoxynivalenol, commonly referred to as vomitoxin. His work will also seek to verify recent findings which suggest the widely used bio-control fungus Beauveria bassiana has the potential to produce deoxynivalenol. Sean joined the Mycology Club in 2015 and holds the position of Communications Director.