Dr. Wellington Muchero is a Geneticist in the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Muchero leads discovery projects utilizing Genome-wide Association Mapping studies, Quantitative Trait Loci Mapping and functional validation of genes with wide-ranging functions in eukaryotes. He also leads research activities that seek to computationally predict and functionally validate conserved protein domains that mediate immune signaling across highly divergent biological processes including plant-microbe interactions and cancer progression in humans.
DOE Early Career Award (2017-2021)
Trademarks and Patents
Muchero W, Shanks CM, Pal D, De K, inventors; UT Battelle LLC, assignee. Methods for immunoregulation by modulating Plasminogen-Apple-Nematode (PAN) domain-containing proteins. United States patent application US 17/012,139. 2021 Mar 11.
Muchero W, Chen J, Gunter LE, Jawdy S, Tuskan GA, Bryan AC, Difazio S, Guo HB, inventors. Transcription Factor Which Regulates Flavonoid, Phenylpropanoid, Tyrosine, and Tryptophan Pathways. United States patent US 20,150,353,948. 2015 Dec 10.
Chen J, Gunter LE, Jawdy S, Muchero W, Tuskan G, Guo J, Ranjan P, DiFazio SP, Bryan AC, inventors; UT-BATTELLE, LLC, assignee. KEY GENE REGULATING PLANT CELL WALL RECALCITRANCE. United States patent US 20,160,053,275. 2016 Feb 25.
Labbe LL, Muchero W, Hamilton CE, Pelletier DA, inventors; UT-Battelle LLC, assignee. Complex of mutualistic microbes designed to increase plant productivity. United States patent US 10,660,340. 2020 May 26.
Muchero W, Tuskan G, Chen JG, Gunter LE, inventors; UT-Battelle LLC, assignee. Methods for improving callus formation and regeneration in plants. United States patent application US 16/525,724. 2020 Jan 30.
Muchero W, Labbe JL, Gunter LE, Chen JG, Jawdy SS, Yang X, Tuskan GA, Wang J, Czarnecki O, Ranjan P, inventors; US Department of Energy, assignee. Methods of improving mycorrhization in plants and genetically modified plants with improved mycorrhization. United States patent application US 16/520,967. 2020 Jan 30.
Muchero W, Chen J, Tuskan GA, Leboldus J, inventors; Oregon State University, UT-Battelle LLC, assignee. Methods of identifying and modulating pathogen resistance in plants. United States patent application US 16/148,319. 2019 Jun 27.
Chen J, Muchero W, Tuskan GA, Bryan AC, inventors; UT-Battelle LLC, assignee. Methods of controlling vegetative growth and flowering times by modulating phosphoenolpyruvate shunt between shikimate and glycolysis pathways. United States patent application US 16/183,074. 2019 May 9.
Jessy LL, Muchero W, Tschaplinski TJ, Entler MR, Inventors, Filamentous fungi capable of producing very long chain fatty acids. US Patent App. 16/381,521, 2020.