Clint Magill grew up in the USA on farms in Ohio and Illinois, providing a perspective that stimulated his interests in crop improvement and genetics. During his undergraduate years with agricultural science as his major at the University of Illinois, he worked for Dr. D. E. Alexander, a maize geneticist in the Department of Agronomy. Advised that experience in haploid genetics would be of value, he accepted an Andrew Dixon White Fellowship to attend Cornell University where he earned a Ph.D. degree in genetics under the guidance of Dr. Adrian Srb, working with Neurospora crassa. Following a postdoctoral year at the University of Minnesota developing mutants of Neurospora altered in amino acid transport, he accepted a position in what is now named the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University. There, in addition to work with amino acid transport and mutants that alter purine/pyrimidine metabolism in Neurospora, he initiated work with a variety of fungal plant pathogens and their hosts. Examples on the pathogen side include demonstration or parasexual recombination as a basis for variation in the rice blast pathogen, DNA methylation in sclerotia of Phymatotrichum omnivorum and development of species-specific and flanking primers for simple sequence repeat for applications in PCR identification and population analysis of P. sorghi and related downy mildews. Early research on the plant side involved doubled haploids of rice while more recent research has emphasized mapping and tagging of resistance genes in sorghum and identification of genes induced as part of the host defense response in sorghum and cotton. Magill is a Member of the American Phytopathology Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Biography Updated on 20 December 2011