Dr. Blake Bextine
Dr. Blake Bextine is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Texas at Tyler. His main research focus is the application of molecular techniques to study vector/pathogen interactions. He has been studying the PD system for 6 years, including post doc studies at UC Riverside where his research efforts improved molecular detection of Xf in both plants and insects and helped to further our understanding of how GWSS and Xf interact. Since arriving in Texas in 2005, he has been a part of the Texas PD research group and has collaborated with multiple members of the group.
Dr. Bextine graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1996, a Master’s degree in Entomology from Texas Tech University in 1998, and a PhD. in Entomology from Oklahoma State University in 2001. He and his wife Barbara have two daughters; Brittany and Bailey. His hobbies include trying to keep up with his two young children and competing in Triathlons.