David Mackey

David Mackey

David Mackey

TPS Chair, Professor, Horticulture & Crop Science & Molecular Genetics



306C Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Targeting of the plant immune system
  • Function of the plant immune system


  • Postdoctoral Training - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS Molecular and Cellular Biology, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Mackey got his B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Pennsylvania State University in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. Following a three year post-doc at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he moved to Ohio State in 2002 as a faculty member in the Department of Horticulture & Crop Science. He currently holds the rank of Professor with appointments in the Departments of Horticulture & Crop Science and Molecular Genetics and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Plant pathology. Dr. Mackey’s research focuses on the interaction between plants and plant-pathogenic bacteria, with projects investigating the nature of the plant immune system and how it is suppressed by bacterial virulence proteins and toxins.

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