Dr. Heather Hallen-Adams

Associate Professor of Practice
Academic Program Coordinator
252 Food Innovation Center
Lincoln, NE 68588-6205

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Faculty Profile


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

  • The role of fungi in the human gut
  • The potential of fungal probiotics to limit fungal disease in humans
  • Population genetics and mycotoxin production of Fusarium mold in Nebraska wheat


  • 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

Teaching and/or Extension Activities

  • 3+1 Program, Food Microbiology, Molds and Mycotoxins


  • Suhr MJ, Gomes-Neto JC, Banjara N, Florescu DF, Mercer DF, Iwen PC, Hallen-Adams HE (2017) Epidemiological investigation of Candida species causing bloodstream infection in paedicatric small bowel transplant recipients. Mycoses 60:366-374.
  • Hallen-Adams HE, Suhr MJ (2016) Fungi in the healthy human gastrointestinal tract. Virulence 8:352-358.
  • Banjara N, Nickerson KW, Suhr MJ, Hallen-Adams HE (2016) Killer toxin from several food-derived Debaryomyces hansenii strains effective against pathogenic Candida yeasts. International Journal of Food Microbiology 222:23-29.
  • Hallen-Adams HE, Kachman SD, Kim J, Legge RM, Martínez I (2015) Fungi inhabiting the healthy human digestive tract: a diverse and dynamic community. Fungal Ecology 15:9-17.
  • Hallen HE, Luo H, Scott-Craig JS, Walton JD (2007) A gene family encoding the major toxins of lethal Amanita mushrooms. PNAS 104:19097-19101.

Research Areas