Read about Brad Goodner, Ph.D., in the February 2003 issue.
Brad Goodner is helping plant seeds of scientific interest in those who work in his lab. These aren’t just the usual graduate students and lab technicians, though. Goodner is branching out and giving college students a chance to lay their roots in the exciting field of research.
While he’s encouraging growth among his students, he’s investigating microorganisms that cause tumors in plants. Some microorganisms that infect plants can also affect people with poor-functioning immune systems. By exploring the genetics of these plant pathogens, Goodner will be able to unearth the answers to how the pathogens operate and shift to different hosts.