Mark Farman

Mark Farman

Mark Farman


225 Plant Science Building Lexington, KY 40546-0312

Last Revised: Apr 19th, 2024

Professional Biography




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

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


  • 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.


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

Contact Information

201F Plant Science Building 1405 Veterans Drive Lexington, KY 40546-0312

(859) 257-7445