Michael Goodin



Michael Goodin received a B.Sc in Biology/Chemistry (Brock University), M.Sc and Ph.D in Plant Pathology (The Pennsylvania State University), and his postdoctoral training at University of California-Berkeley. The Goodin laboratory at the University of Kentucky has been at the forefront in the application of live-cell microscopy to investigate the cellular biology of plant-adapted rhabdoviruses, and related negative-strand RNA viruses. His lab members have made many seminal contributions particularly regarding the mechanism of nuclear import of viral proteins, their modification of nuclear membranes and identification of host factors implicated in the cell-to-cell movement of these viruses. Numerous resources including a high-resolution yeast two-hybrid library of Nicotiana benthamiana, plant marker lines that express fluorescent markers targeted to a variety of subcellular loci, and many vectors for the transient or stable expression of fluorescent proteins in plant cells have been generated in the Goodin lab. Many of these have been distributed to laboratories worldwide in support of a variety of research efforts. Goodin has hosted several international visiting scientists, most recently from Australia and Brazil. Goodin serves on the Virology A Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (USA) and the editorial board of Annual Review of Virology.
His recent international collaborations focused primarily on the characterization of emerging viruses in coffee (Coffea arabica) in Brazil. Goodin received a Visiting Scholar Award from the Brazilian funding agency CAPES, which supported two visits to the Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA) per year to conduct teaching and research workshops, which will focus on viral diseases of coffee. During the summer of 2014, Goodin led a collaborative research team, composed of members from UFLA and the University of Kentucky, during a two-month field research project in Brazil to map the genetic diversity in Coffee ringspot virus (CoRSV). This ongoing research, collected virus-infected material from three coffee producing states in Brazil, with emphasis on the Minas Gerais region, where 50% of Brazilian coffee is produced. A summary of Goodin’s collaborative research on CoRSV in Brazil was reported online http://uknow.uky.edu/content/coffee-research-leads-successful-partnership-brazil