Brett Tyler is a professor at Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech and at the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Biocomplexity Institute in 2002, he was a faculty member in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis for 14 years. Dr Tyler has been a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund fellow, Willie Commelin Scholten Foundation Visiting Chair of Phytopathology in The Netherlands, a Fulbright Lecturer, a National Science Foundation Distinguished Lecturer, and a recipient of the American Phytopathological Society's Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology. He is Coordinator of the International Phytophthora Genome Initiative and Coordinator of the Oomycete Molecular Genetics Research Collaboration Network. His research interests include the comparative and functional genomics of oomycete plant pathogens, the molecular analysis of oomycete virulence (effector) proteins, the functional genomics of quantitative disease resistance and infection responses in plants, computational prediction of gene functions, and mathematical modeling of complex cellular responses. A team led by him recently published the identification of phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate as the cell entry receptor for oomycete and fungal effector proteins, in the journal Cell.