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Bradford Condon, PhD
August 2013, PhD in Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Interactions, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
May 2007, BA in Biology and Religion, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
February 2017 to present: Postdoctoral associate, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
January 2016 to present: Postdoctoral associate, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky.
June 2014 to December 2015: Postdoctoral associate, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota.
August 2007 to June 2014: Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral fellow, Department of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Interactions, Cornell University, advised by Dr. B Gillian Turgeon
- Proficient with UNIX/LINUX systems, command-line programming, querying and managing big data/databases (SQL, JSON)
- Developer for cross-platform apps in React-Native, and genomics websites using Tripal and Drupal.
- Experience designing experiments and analyzing data for a wide variety of bioinformatic projects, including
- RNA-seq and transcriptomics
- Genome assembly and annotation
- Frameworks: Laravel, Drupal, Wordpress, React Native
- Fungal and bacterial culture, transformation, and phenotyping
- Molecular bio bench skills include DNA extraction, PCR, southern/northern blotting, light and confocal microscopy
- Next-gen (illumina) library preparation
- Greenhouse management
Communication and mentorship
- Formed UK-BLAST, the undergraduate bioinformatics mentorship group at the University of Kentucky
- Leading and designing workshops in bioinformatics
- Co-mentoring and advising students on their bioinformatics projects
- Strong track record of supervising undergraduates in the laboratory and integrating their work into complex workflows
- Co-PI awardee for bringing Expanding Your Horizons, a STEM conference for young girls, to the University of Kentucky
- Community outreach and education on fungi includes presentations at Floracliff Nature Sanctuary and the Kentucky Food Retail Safety conference
Awards and honors
2006 Oberlin College Norman H Wright Prize for undergraduate research
2007-2008 Presidential Life Science Fellow
2009 NSF graduate research fellowship honorable mention
2010 NSF EAPSI fellow (New Zealand)
2011 Plant Sciences outstanding TA award
2012 McClintock Outstanding Plant Sciences Graduate Student Award
2011-2012 Center For Teaching Excellence Graduate Teaching Associate Fellow
2012-2013 Center For Teaching Excellence Graduate Teaching Associate Fellow
2017 NSF EPSCoR grant, Expanding Your Horizons
Teaching and leadership
KBRIN Next Generation Sequencing and Data Analysis Workshop 2017
Web coordinator and instructor
UK-BLAST: University of Kentucky 2016
UK-BLAST is an extracurricular support group for undergraduates performing genomics research at the University of Kentucky. In addition to advising students on their projects, I designed and implemented workshops on topics in genomics.
Departmental teaching: Cornell University 2008-2013
Spring 2008: PLPA 2010 TA: Magical Mushrooms & Mischievous Molds.
Spring 2010: PLPA 2015 TA: Mushrooms, Molds and Molecules.
Spring 2011 PLPA 2015 TA: Mushrooms, Molds, and Molecules.
Spring 2012 PLPA 2015 TA: Mushrooms, Molds, and Molecules.
Spring 2013 PLPA 2015 TA: Mushrooms, Molds, and Molecules.
Center for Teaching Excellence: Cornell University 2011-2013
workshops (1 hour) developed & implemented:
Classical teaching models and the psychology of learning
What do I want my students to learn? Identifying learning outcomes as the basis for instruction and assessment
Using library resources to enhance student’s research skills
Creating effective questions for iClickers and online quizzes
Establishing a professional electronic online identity
Full day workshops developed & implemented:
2012 Chemistry TA training instructor
2012 Teaching Excellence Practicum Instructor, CTE summer Institute
Joint Genome Institute Dothideomycete jamboree. Walnut Creek, CA (2008)
Fungal Genetics Conference, secondary metabolism session. Asilomar, CA (2013)
Kentucky Food Retail Safety Conference, invited speaker on wild mushroom safety. Frankfurt, KY (2016)
American Society of Plant Biologists, Boston, MA (2006)
Fungal Genetics Conference, Asilomar, CA (2009)
Molecular Plant Microbe Biology, Quebec City, QC (2009)
Fungal Genetics Conference, Asilomar, CA (2011)
Mohd Zainudin, N. A. I., Condon, B. J., De Bruyne, L., Poucke, C. V., Bi, Q., Li, W., et al. (2015). Virulence, host selective toxin production, and development of three Cochliobolus phytopathogens lacking the Sfp-type 4′-phosphopantetheinyl transferase Ppt1. MPMI (digital preprint). doi:10.1094/MPMI-03-15-0068-R
Santana, M. F., Silva, J. C. F., Mizubuti, E. S. G., Araújo, E. F., Condon, B. J., Turgeon, B. G., & Queiroz, M. V. (2014). Characterization and potential evolutionary impact of transposable elements in the genome of Cochliobolus heterostrophus. BMC Genomics, 15(1), 536. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-536
Condon, B. J., Wu, D., Kraševec, N., Horwitz, B. A., & Turgeon, B. G. (2014). Comparative Genomics of Cochliobolus Phytopathogens. In R. A. Dean, A. Lichens-Park, & C. Kole, Genomics of Plant-Associated Fungi: Monocot Pathogens (pp. 41–67). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-44053-7_2
Condon, B. J., Oide, S., Gibson, D. M., Krasnoff, S. B., & Turgeon, B. G. (2014). Reductive iron assimilation and intracellular siderophores assist extracellular siderophore-driven iron homeostasis and virulence. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions : MPMI, 27(8), 793–808. doi:10.1094/MPMI-11-13-0328-R
Horwitz, B. A., Condon, B., & Turgeon, B. G. (2013). Cochliobolus heterostrophus: A Dothideomycete Pathogen of Maize. In Genomics of Soil-and Plant-associated Fungi (Vol. 36, pp. 213–228). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-39339-6_9
Zhang, N., MohdZainudin, N. A. I., Scher, K., Condon, B. J., Horwitz, B. A., & Turgeon, B. G. (2013). Iron, oxidative stress, and virulence: roles of iron-sensitive transcription factor Sre1 and the redox sensor ChAp1 in the maize pathogen Cochliobolus heterostrophus. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions : MPMI, 26(12), 1473–1485. doi:10.1094/MPMI-02-13-0055-R
Condon, B. J., Leng, Y., Wu, D., Bushley, K. E., Ohm, R. A., Otillar, R., et al. (2013). Comparative genome structure, secondary metabolite, and effector coding capacity across Cochliobolus pathogens. PLoS Genetics, 9(1), e1003233. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1003233
Xue, C., Wu, D., Condon, B., Bi, Q., Wang, W., & Turgeon, B. G. (2013). Efficient gene knockout in the maize pathogen Setosphaeria turcica using Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation. Phytopathology, 103(6), 641–647. doi:10.1094/PHYTO-08-12-0199-R
Ohm, R. A., Feau, N., Henrissat, B., Schoch, C. L., Horwitz, B. A., Barry, K. W., Condon, B. J., et al. (2012). Diverse lifestyles and strategies of plant pathogenesis encoded in the genomes of eighteen Dothideomycetes fungi. PLoS Pathogens, 8(12), e1003037. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003037
Turgeon, B. G., Condon, B. J., Liu, J., & Zhang, N. (2010). Protoplast transformation of filamentous fungi. Methods in Molecular Biology (Clifton, N.J.), 638(Chapter 1), 3–19. doi:10.1007/978-1-60761-611-5_1
Almeida, N. F., Yan, S., Lindeberg, M., Studholme, D. J., Schneider, D. J., Condon, B. J., et al. (2009). A draft genome sequence of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato T1 reveals a type III effector repertoire significantly divergent from that of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions : MPMI, 22(1), 52–62. doi:10.1094/MPMI-22-1-0052