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Diane  Te Strake

Diane Te Strake

Diane Te Strake
Professor and Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies


Office: BSF ISA 203 2018F
Phone: 813/974-1594


B.S. 1957, University of Florida
M.A. 1959, Duke University
Ph.D. 1963, Duke University


Assistant Professor, 1960-62, Greensboro College, N.C.
Assistant Professor, 1966-67, California State College
Assistant Professor, 1967-70, University of South Florida
Assistant Chairperson, 1975-1979, University of South Florida
Associate Professor, 1970-90, University of South Florida
Professor, 1990- , University of South Florida
Interim Associate Dean, Research and Operations, College of Arts and Sciences, 1995-96,
University of South Florida
Associate Dean, Research and Operations, College of Arts and Sciences 1996-2001
Director Undergraduate Studies, Department of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Microbiology 2008-
Director of USF Herbarium January 2010-


Marine and medically important fungi

The widely distributed saprobic fungus, Basidiobolus, is sometimes a pathogen of humans and other vertebrates, primarily in tropical areas. One long-range goal of my research is to obtain, information about the physiology, pathogenicity, and distribution of this fungus that is also reported to be an insect pathogen. With colleagues, I hope to determine how much variability exists among these taxa from temperate and tropical environments, and how it might relate to the pathogenicity of this fungus.

Other  interests involve plant/fungal and plant/fungal/insect relationships. Several of these are focused in the marine and coastal environments.

Graduate Students

Wafa Alamri, Bashaer Albarakati, Feryal Alessa, Gabrielle Brautman, Shengqi Ding , Chelsea Dinon , Tsung-Che Ho , Cody Johnson, Huimin Liang , Kathrine Malka , Penny Mecklenburg, Gina Nazario , Ryan Paulson, Brittney Sell , Michelle Stein, Luis Tanon , Randalyn Thomas