Andrew Diener, Ph.D.

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UCLA Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000

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621 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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610 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Andrew C. Diener is an assistant professor who joined the faculty of the Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology in 2006. Dr. Diener earned his B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he worked on multiple-host pathogenesis. His laboratory studies the filamentous fungus Fusarium oxysporum for two distinct purposes: (1) to provide a molecular genetic understanding of fungal virulence and plant disease resistance, and (2) to improve fungal single cell oil accumulation, which could make fungi an alternative source of oil for biofuel production.


A selected list of publications:

Eleftherios Mylonakis, Roberto Moreno, Joseph B. El Khoury, Alexander Idnurm, Joseph Heitman, Stephen B. Calderwood, Frederick M. Ausubel and Andrew Diener   Galleria mellonella as a model system to study Cryptococcus neoformans pathogenesis, Infection and Immunity , 2005; 73: 3842-3850.
Andrew C. Diener and Frederick M. Ausubel   RESISTANCE TO FUSARIUM OXYSPORUM 1, a dominant Arabidopsis disease resistance gene, is not race specific, Genetics, 2005; 171: 305-321.
Andrew C. Diener, Roberto A. Gaxiola and Gerald R. Fink   Arabidopsis ALF5, a multidrug efflux transporter gene family member, confers resistance to toxins, The Plant Cell , 2001; 13: 1625-1638.
Andrew Diener and Kendal Hirschi   Heterologous expression for dominant-like gene activity, Trends in Plant Science, 2000; 5: 10-11.
Andrew C. Diener, Haoxia Li, Wen-xu Zhou, Wendy J. Whoriskey, W. David Nes and Gerald R. Fink   STEROL METHYLTRANSFERASE 1 controls the level of cholesterol in plants, The Plant Cell, 2000; 12: 853-870.
Andrew C. Diener and Gerald R. Fink   DLH1 is a functional Candida albicans homologue of the meiosis-specific gene DMC1, Genetics, 1996; 143: 769-776.

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