John H. McCusker, PhD – Biography

Associate Professor

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John McCusker was an undergraduate (Biology major) and a graduate student (Ph.D. in Biology) at Brandeis University. His graduate studies focused on the plasma membrane ATPase and cycloheximide resistant temperature sensitive lethal mutations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Post-doctoral work followed, first with Masayasu Nomura (U.C. Irvine), focusing on genetic analysis of RNA polymerase I of S. cerevisiae, and subsequently with Ron Davis (Stanford), focusing on both genomics and the development of S. cerevisiae as a model pathogen. Dr. McCusker moved to Duke in 1995, and is a member of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. His studies focus on genetic diversity, quantitative genetics and genomics in S. cerevisiae.