PhD, University of Adelaide, Australia
Office: 1400 Partners II, Centennial Campus
The primary focus of Dr. Bird’s research group is to understand the mechanisms underlying parasitic interactions between nematodes and plants. David was a pioneer in framing the key questions in the context of nematode and host development. Together with collaborators world-wide, his group has been instrumental in establishing the root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne hapla, as the preeminent genetic system to model less-tractable nematode-host interactions, and as a platform for comparative genomics (www.hapla.org). His current program also emphasizes vaccine development for malaria-like diseases of cats and dogs.
Thomas VP, Fudali SL, Schaff JE, Liu Q, Scholl EH, Opperman CH, Bird DMcK, and Williamson VM. (2012). A sequence-anchored linkage map of the plant-parasitic nematode Meloidogyne hapla reveals exceptionally high genome-wide recombination. G3: GENES, GENOMES, GENETICS. 2:815–824.
Mbeunkui F, Scholl EH, Opperman CH, Goshe MB, and Bird DMcK. (2010). Proteomic and bioinformatic analysis of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne hapla: The basis for plant parasitism. Journal of Proteome Research. 9(10):5370–5381.
Opperman CH, Bird DMcK, Williamson VM, Rohksar DS, Burke M, Cohn J, Cromer J, Diener S, Gajan J, Graham S, Houfek TD, Liu Q-L, Mitros T, Schaff JE, Schaffer R, Scholl E, Sosinski BR, Thomas VP, and Windham E. (2008). Sequence and genetic map of Meloidogyne hapla: A compact nematode genome for plant parasitism. PNAS. 105:14802–14807.
Weerasinghe RR, Bird DMcK, and Allen NS. (2005). Root-knot nematodes and bacterial Nod factors elicit common signal transduction events in Lotus japonicus root hair cells. PNAS. 102:3147–3152.
Lohar DP, Schaff JE, Laskey JG, Kieber JJ, Bilyeu KD, and Bird DMcK. (2004). Cytokinins play opposite roles in lateral root formation, and nematode and rhizobial symbioses. The Plant Journal. 38:203–214.