We are interested in pathogens that infect Dry Beans and Pulse Crops
To establish their ecological niche, pathogens are known to secrete small molecules (so-called effector molecules) such as proteins, secondary metabolites, or small RNAs. These effectors can have various functions; while some may play a crucial role during host colonization, others may help the pathogen to compete with other microbes, or secure nutrients.
My research interests lie in the identification and characterization of effectors that play a role in host colonization. I am fascinated by the underlying molecular mechanisms that take place during microbe-host interactions and I am especially interested in how pathogens manipulate their environment to ensure successful infection.
Advances to understand the molecular basis of pathogen-host interactions will help us to provide a foundation for the development of long-lasting genetic pathogen resistance in dry bean and pulse crops.
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