Diane Te Strake
Diane Te Strake
Professor and Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office: BSF ISA 203 2018F
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-
GENERAL RESEARCH AREA:
Marine and medically important fungi
SPECIFIC RESEARCH AREA:
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.
Sameeksha Suresh Alva, Anthony Carr, Jing Chen, Jacob Class, Alexandria Echevarria, Samuel Gellman, Malvi Prakash Golwala, Jiawei He, Shu Huang, Han Jiang, Yuanqing Jiang, Jacklynne Johnson, Rachel Kahler, Yadang Li, Po-Jung Lin, Jessica Malka, Haider Manzer, Emily Mayo, Penny Mecklenburg, Dawn Moody, Ryan Paulson, Gabriel Pizzano, Sirin Saranyutanon, Min-Hsuan Wang, Jingyi Xu, Xiaolin Zhang