John F. Leslie is professor and head of the Department of Plant Pathology of Kansas State University. He has been teaching researchers from around the world how to identify Fusarium species, the diseases that they cause, and the toxic compounds that they can produce. His broader research interests include biochemical, molecular, and population genetics of model and plant pathogenic fungi. He was a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society and an honorary fellow at St. Paul’s College, University of Sydney, Australia. He is an adjunct professor at Seoul National University in Korea and a research associate at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Leslie earned his PhD in genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nu-May Ruby Reed retired in 2010 after over 20 years as a staff toxicologist with the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Pesticide Regulation. She was the lead scientist on risk-assessment issues, evaluating health risks and developing risk-assessment guidelines for pesticides. She has been on several Cal/EPA working groups that initiate research and revise riskassessment guidelines and policies, and she represented her department in task forces on community concerns and emergency response, risk-management guidance, and public education. Dr. Reed was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Risk Analysis and Reviews and is a current member of the Committee on Acute Exposure Guideline Levels. She received her MS in botany and her PhD in plant physiology from the University of California, Davis.
Judith C. Rhodes is professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her research interests are in understanding the pathogenesis of fungal infections, with a focus on infection caused by Aspergillus fumigatus. Recent efforts have been directed toward establishing in vitro tissue-culture assays to assist in isolating genes that are potentially involved in virulence. Dr. Rhodes is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a past president of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas, and a former chair of the medical-mycology division (Division F) of the American Society for Microbiology. She received her PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
John W. Taylor is a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology of the University of California, Berkeley. He studies the pattern and process of fungal evolution with a long-term goal of making fungi the best models for evolutionary biology. His more recent research emphasis involves using genetics and genomics to find genes that maintain species and facilitate adaptation. He is a president of the International Mycological Association, a former president of the Mycological Society of America, and a fellow of that society, of the American Academy of Microbiology, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among Dr. Taylor’s other honors are the award for Distinguished Mycologist from the Mycological Society of America, the Rhoda