Our research centers on crop diseases caused by bacteria in the genus Xanthomonas, focusing on TAL effector proteins injected by the bacteria to manipulate expression of specific host genes important for disease development. Our lab also studies plant disease resistance mechanisms triggered by TAL effectors in some host genotypes, and, to understand TAL effector origins and evolution, we study TAL effector like-proteins in other biological systems.
Department: Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Roles: Faculty Investigator, Potential MFF (REU) Host, Potential Postdoc Mentor
Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Bacteria, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Microbiota and Microbiomes, Plant Hosts