Heather Hallen-Adams

Teaching and/or Extension Activities:
Molds and Mycotoxins, Food Microbiology

Research Area:
Fungal ecology in the context of gut health and food production.

  • The role of fungi in the healthy human gut, including interactions between different species of gut fungi, interactionswith bacteria, and interactions with the human host.
  • The potential for fungal probiotics to limit fungal disease in humans.
  • Cross-talk between a toxigenic fungus (Fusarium graminearum) and its plant host (wheat) during disease development.

Five Selected Publications:

  • Hallen-Adams HE, SD Kachman, J Kim, RM Legge, I Martínez. 2015. Fungi inhabiting the healthy human gastrointestinal tract: a diverse and dynamic community. Fungal Ecology 15:9-17.
  • Banjara N, MJ Suhr, HE Hallen-Adams. 2015. Diversity of yeast and mold species from a variety of cheese types. Current Microbiology 70:792-800.

  • Suhr MJ, Hallen-Adams HE (2015) The human gut mycobiome: pitfalls and potentials – a mycologist’s perspective. Mycologia 107, DOI: 10.3852/15-147

  • Hallen-Adams HE, GA Kuldau, N Wenner, F Trail. 2011. Deoxynivalenol biosynthesis-related gene expression during wheat kernel colonization by Fusarium graminearum. Phytopathology 101:1091-1096.
  • Hallen HE, H Luo, JS Scott-Craig, JD Walton. 2007. Gene family encoding the major toxins of lethal Amanita mushrooms. PNAS 104:19097-19101.

Heather Hallen-Adams
Assistant Professor

B.S. Plant Biology, University of Minnesota

Ph.D. Botany and Plant Pathology,
Michigan State University

Post Doc: Plant Biology and DOE Plant Research Lab,
Michigan State University

Contact Information:
252 Food Innovation Center
Lincoln, NE 68588-6205
402 472 2825