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A Role for Oomycete Biology in the
Development of Disease Resistant Soybean

USDA-NIFA Outreach Webcast

May 2015

By Michael Fedkenheuer, M.S.
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Plant Pathology,
Physiology, and Weed Science
Virginia Tech
Phone: 201-694-3979

Kevin Fedkenheuer
John McDowell, Ph.D.

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Bio: Michael Fedkenheuer is a third year ph.D student. He earned his B.S. with a major in Biotechnology and a minor in Chemistry from James Madison University in 2010. At JMU, he worked on the development of a Dengue virus vaccine with Dr. Amanda Biesecker. In 2011, he joined the Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech with Dr. Pablo Sobrado. He studied structural biology of flavin-containing monooxygenases. In 2012, he graduated with a Masters in Biochemistry. In 2012, he joined the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science at Virginia Tech working with Dr. John McDowell. His expertise is in structural biology, x-ray crystallography, and wild soybean resistance against Phytophthora sojae.

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