Blake Commer, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Caroline Laplante Lab, RB 276C
1051 William Moore Dr., Raleigh NC 27606
Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University

Phone: 972.897.9661

Research Interests:
My current research goal is to investigate the proteins and mechanisms involved in anchoring the contractile ring during fission yeast cytokinesis. Previously, I have also studied endocytosis and hyphal growth in filamentous fungi, as well as plant pathogen identification and diagnostics.

Personal Interests:
I love traveling (especially to the beach!), learning new skills, assembling or repairing microscopes, and playing fantasy football. I also have two dogs (Riley and Lilly) who love taking cross-country road trips with me to visit family in Texas, or to follow my favorite band (Sister Hazel) on tour!


Benjamin D. Strycker, Zehua Han, Zheng Duan, Blake Commer, Kai Wang, Brian D. Shaw, Alexei V. Sokolov, Marlan O. Scully (2020). Identification of toxic mold species through Raman spectroscopy of fungal conidia. PLoS One. DOI:

Blake Commer, Zachary Schultzhaus, Brian D. Shaw (2020). Localization of NPFxD motif-containing proteins in Aspergillus nidulans. Fungal Genetics & Biology.

Blake Commer, Brian D. Shaw (2020). Current views on endocytosis in filamentous fungi. Mycology: An International Journal on Fungal Biology. DOI:

Zehua Han, Benjamin D. Strycker, Blake Commer, Kai Wang, Brian D. Shaw, Marlan O. Scully, Alexei V. Sokolov (2020). Molecular origin of the Raman signal from Aspergillus nidulans conidia and observation of fluorescence vibrational structure at room temperature. Scientific Reports 10:5428.

Benjamin Strycker, Zehua Han, Blake Commer, Brian Shaw, Alexi Sokolov, Marlan Scully (2019). CARS spectroscopy of Aspergillus nidulans spores. Scientific Reports 9:1789.

Thomas Isakeit, Blake Commer, Brian Shaw, Matthew Brown, Clark B Neely (2017). First Report of Leaf Spot of Barley Caused by Drechslera gigantea in the United States. Plant Disease 101(8).



Blake Commer, Kevin Ong (2015). Botrytis cinerea. TNLA Green (Texas Nursery & Landscape Association). November-December issue (p. 35-37).