The Team

Principal Investigator

Takao Kasuga
Molecular Geneticist

Office:   382 Hutchison Hall
University of California
Davis, CA 95616

   (530) 752-0766
   (530) 754-7195
Email:    tkasuga at


After receiving his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering from Waseda University in Japan, he went to Aberdeen University, Scotland to do his Ph.D. in Genetics under the mentorship of Keith Mitchelson. His dissertation research investigated the population structures of forest pathogens Cronartium flaccidum and Heterobasidion annosum. After that he did his postdoc in the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Oklahoma with Madan Bhattacharyya, where he worked on a project to map Phytophthora resistance genes in soybean. Takao then moved to Roche Molecular Systems, Alameda, California, and investigated biogeography of human pathogenic fungus Histoplasma capsulatum with Thomas White and John Taylor. Between 2002 and 2008, he was involved in Neurospora Genome Project with Louise Glass at UC Berkeley. In 2008, Takao joined the USDA-ARS in Davis, CA.


PhD     1995, Genetics, University of Aberdeen
MEng   1991, Catalytic Chemistry, Waseda University
BEng    1989, Applied Chemistry, Waseda University

Research Staff

Lillian Diep
Biological Science Technician

Office:    367 Hutchison Hall
             University of California
             Davis, CA 95616

Phone:    (530) 752-4721
Fax:        (530) 754-7195



Lillian is currently studying Biological Sciences and Chinese at the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining the Kasuga Lab in 2012, Lillian volunteered and eventually worked as a Student Assistant for Dr. David Rizzo. In the Rizzo Lab, she assisted with culturing and processing samples of Phytophthora collected from various coastal regions of California. Lillian is concurrently working as an intern at the UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) Institute of Regenerative Cures. 

Kasuga Lab Alumni

  • Kelsey Walters - Genetics, UC Davis.
  • Aksiniya Asenova - Plant Biotechnology, UC Davis.
  • Christine Shoemaker - Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry, UC Davis
  • Mai Bui - Biotechnology/Bioinformatics, UC Davis (