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.
Alumnus - Steve Franks
Alumnus Steve Franks is a professor at Fordham University in NY.
Grad Student - Jess Stephens
Graduate student Jess Stephens with her study species in the genus Sarracenia (2016).
Alumnus - Jenny Cruse-Sanders
Alumnus Jenny Cruse-Sanders is the Director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.
Research - Helianthus Seedlings
Helianthus annuus seedlings
Alumnus - Elise Bartelme
Alumna Elise Bartelme teaching a Plant Biology lab course (2014).