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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

Saleh Almusabi, Yuanyuan Deng, Alexandria Echevarria, Samuel Gellman, Jacklynne Johnson, Amanda Mach, Jessica Malka, Emily Mayo, Penny Mecklenburg, Richard Nguyen, Ryan Paulson, Gabriel Pizzano, Sheba Saji, Sahebgowda Sidramagowda