The Stewart Chair in Gene Research
Gifts from the late Faye and L. L. "Stub" Stewart enabled OSU to establish the Stewart Chair in Gene Research in 1990. The Stewart brothers were graduates of the College of Forestry: Stub received his degree in logging engineering in 1932, and Faye graduated in forest engineering in 1938. Both went on to distinguished careers in the timber industry, and were in a wide variety of industry and public service activities.
OSU has been the beneficiary of their generosity in many ways. Gifts from both brothers have supported the operation of the LaSells Stewart Center, named in honor of their parents. In addition to funding the Stewart Chair in Gene Research, they were also generous supporters of the College of Forestry and of marine mammal research. Each made gifts to support areas of particular interest: Stub to the L. L. Stewart Faculty Development Award, Faye to the Department of Athletics, and for the benefit of the university as a whole.
Brett Tyler came to Oregon State University in January 2012 to direct the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing. He was appointed the Stewart Chair in Gene Research, a tenured professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, and adjunct faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Tyler's current research interests are focused on the systems biology of infectious disease, principally regarding fungus-like pathogens which attack plants. His work explores how to dissect the network of signals that tie together the biochemical and regulatory networks of pathogens and their hosts.
Previously Tyler was a professor at Virginia Tech's Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and University of California, Davis. In 2008 he was awarded the Noel T. Keen Award for Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology by the American Phytopathological Society.
Tyler received his doctorate in molecular immunology from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and postdoctoral training in fungal genetics at the University of Georgia.
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