My research focuses on the effector proteins that plant pathogens secrete to manipulate host cells. Effector genes are specifically induced in planta, though the mechanism by which this occurs remains a mystery. To study this, I employ cell biology and molecular genetic approaches to investigate how effector genes (PWL2, BAS4, etc.) are expressed and regulated during blast infection of rice. My goal is to advance our understanding of effector biology and utilize this knowledge to control blast disease.
Sunflower and Plant Physiology
Sunflower and plant physiology boat selfie
Alumnus - Jenny Cruse-Sanders
Alumnus Jenny Cruse-Sanders is the Director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.
Alumnus - Jeffrey Cannon
Alumnus Jeffery Cannon during a field exercise for a Wildland Firefighter Course in Nashville, GA (2014).
Loren Rieseberg, John Burke, Lisa Donovan, Brent Hulke, Andries Temme, Rishi Masalia exploring the deserts of Southern California (2015).
Grad Student - Uma Nagendra
Uma Nagendra is the overall winner of 2014 “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest. http://news.sciencemag.org/people-events/2014/11/dance-your-ph-d-winner-announced