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.
PBIO grad student David Higgins counts down for Grad students Ilkay Doerter, Lauren Eserman, and Jess Stephens to begin the egg-and-spoon race at the Graduate Student Field Day (April, 2015)
Grad Student - Dorothy Christopher
Dorothy Christopher teaches Girl Scouts about parts of a flower at Science Day, an outreach event that included students from PBIO and the Odum School of Ecology (Spring 2016)
Alumnus - Chelsea Cunard
Alumnus Chelsea Cunard implementing a field experiment studying invasive Microstegium vimineum (2014).
Grad Student - Rishi Masalia
Science Café co-founder and graduate student Rishi Masalia as featured in the UGA Graduate School Magazine (2014).
Alumnus - Marziyeh Haghighat
Principles of Plant Biology lab course taught by former graduate student Marziyeh Haghighat (2014)