Mark Farman

Professional Profile




The Farman lab uses genomic approaches to study mechanisms of pathogenesis in the fungal phytopathogen,Magnaporthe oryzae. Areas of special interest include

  • Fungal genome evolution and dynamics
  • The roles of telomeres in pathogenic variation
  • Methods for high throughput fungal protein localization during host infection.



  • PPA 600: Critical Methods in Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • PPA 500: Physiology of Plant Health and Disease (guest lecturer)
  • PPA 784: Special Problems in Plant Pathology

Additional Information


  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, 1990, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
  • B.S. in Biology, 1983, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Employment Highlights

  • Director of the University of Kentucky Advanced Genetic Technologies Center, 2012-present
  • Professor, University of Kentucky, 2009-present
  • Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, 2003-2009
  • Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, 1997-2003
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990-1997

Awards, Recognition, Service

  • Basil O' Connor Starter Scholar, 1999

Recent Research Publications

2016 to present (see Farman Lab pages for a more complete list)

  • Inoue Y, Vy TTP, Yashida K, Asano H, Mitsuoka C, Asuke S, Anh VL, Cumagun CJR, Chuma I, Terauchi R, Kato K, Mitchell T, Valent B, Farman M, Tosa Y. (2017) Evolution of the wheat blast fungus through functional losses in a host specificity determinant, Science 357:80-83.
  • Jang C; Wang R; Wells J; Leon F; Farman M; Hammond J; Goodin M (accepted for publication) Genome sequence variation in the constricta strain dramatically alters the protein interaction and localization map of Potato Yellow Dwarf virus. J. Gen. Virol.
  • Elshahawi SI, Cao H, Shaaban KA, Ponomareva LV, Subramanian T, Farman ML, Spielmann HP, Phillips GN Jr, Thorson JS, Singh S. (2017) Structure and specificity of a permissive bacterial C-prenyltransferase. Nature Chem. Biol. oi: 10.1038/nchembio.2285.
  • Buiate E, Xavier X, Moore N, Farman M, Schardl, C, Vaillancourt L. (2017) A comparative genomic analysis of putative pathogenicity genes in the host-specific sibling species Colletotrichum graminicola and Colletotrichum sublineola. BMC Genomics 18: 67.
  • Farman M, Peterson G, Chen L, Valent B, Bachi P, Murdock L, Hershman D, Pedley K, Fernandes M, Bavaresco J. (2017) The Lolium pathotype of Magnaporthe oryzae recovered from a single blasted wheat plant in the United States. Plant Dis.
  • Pieck M, Farman M, Peterson G, Stack J, Valent B, Pedley K. (2017) Genomics-based marker discovery and diagnostic assay development for wheat blast. Plant Dis. 101: 103-109.
  • Florea S, Phillips T D, Panaccione D G, Farman M L, Schardl C L. (2016) Chromosome-end knockoff strategy to reshape alkaloid profiles of a fungal endophyte. G3 6:2601-2610.
  • Okagaki L, Nunes C, Sailsbery J, Clay B, Brown D, John T, Oh Y, Young N, Fitzgerald M, Haas B, Zeng Q, Young S, Adiconis X, Fan L, Levin J, Mitchell T, Okubara P, Farman M, Kohn L, Birren B, Ma L-J, Dean R (2015) Genome sequences of three phytopathogenic species of the Magnaporthaceae family of fungi. G3 5:2539-2545.
  • Minton R L, Martinez Cruz M A, Farman M, Perez K E (2016) Two complete mitochondrial genomes from Praticolella mexicana Perez, 2011 (Polygyridae) and gene order evolution in Helicoidea (Mollusca, Gastropoda). ZooKeys 626: 137-154
  • Malaker P, Barma N, Tewari T, Collis W, Duveiller E, Singh P, Joshi A, Singh R, Braun H-J, Peterson G, Pedley K, Farman M, Valent B (2016) First report of wheat blast caused by Magnaporthe oryzae pathotype Triticum in Bangladesh. Plant Dis. 100: 2330.