Shim, Won-Bo individual record
Professor and Associate Department Head

Fungal pathogens of cereal crops can cause devastating disruption to the global food supply, and the economic loss due to crop diseases can add up to billions of dollars annually worldwide. The Shim lab at Texas A&M University focused on studying fungal pathogens of field crops, particularly Fusarium species. Notably, hazardous Fusarium mycotoxins pose a significant threat to global food safety and human health. Crop losses as well as the regulatory, testing, and management costs associated with mycotoxins in the US tops $1 billion annually.

The Genus Fusarium has had a great negative impact on agriculture and food safety but also presents a great opportunity for answering many fundamental questions. We are pursuing new discoveries that will ultimately lead to innovative tools for controlling crop diseases and mycotoxin contamination. To broaden the impact, we are actively collaborating with colleagues at Texas A&M as well as other prominent institutions worldwide. We are also very excited about our collaborations with colleagues in Texas A&M Engineering to spearhead multidisciplinary projects that can innovate plant pathology research.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles60
  • doi badge pubmed badge
  • Yan, H., Huang, J., Zhang, H., & Shim, W. B. (2020). A Rab GTPase protein FvSec4 is necessary for fumonisin B1 biosynthesis and virulence in Fusarium verticillioides.. Curr Genet. 66(1), 205-216.
    doi badge
  • Yun, Y., Zhou, X., Yang, S., Wen, Y. a., You, H., Zheng, Y., ... Wang, Z. (2019). Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici C2H2 transcription factor FolCzf1 is required for conidiation, fusaric acid production, and early host infection.. Curr Genet. 65(3), 773-783.
    doi badge pubmed badge
  • Fan, G., Zhang, K., Zhang, J., Yang, J., Yang, X., Hu, Y., ... Lu, G. (2019). The transcription factor FgMed1 is involved in early conidiogenesis and DON biosynthesis in the plant pathogenic fungus Fusarium graminearum. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 103(14), 5851-5865.
    doi badge pubmed badge
  • Zhang, H., Mukherjee, M., Kim, J., Yu, W., & Shim, W. (2018). Fsr1, a striatin homologue, forms an endomembrane-associated complex that regulates virulence in the maize pathogen Fusarium verticillioides.. Mol Plant Pathol. 19(4), 812-826.
    doi badge pubmed badge
Conference Papers2
  • Sobahi, N., Dai, J., Shim, W. B., & Han, A. (2016). Discrimination of droplets containing single cultured filamentous fungal cell using impedance spectroscopy. 20th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2016. 1168-1169.
  • Woloshuk, C., Flaherty, J., & Shim, W. B. (2002). Understanding fumonisin biosynthesis through functional genomics studies in Fusarium verticillioides. Mycopathologia. 155(1-2 SPEC), 12.
chaired theses and dissertations
First Name
Last Name
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Plant Pathology & Microbiology; 2132 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2132