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Host-Microbe Interactions

Welcome to our webpage! Our research program uses molecular, genetic, genomic, cell biology, and computational methods to study the interactions between plants and their symbionts. We focus primarily on plant pathogenic bacteria and the molecular dialog that is exchanged with its warring partners. Follow the "research" tab for brief comments on what we study. Links to publications are provided. We are also highly collaborative and our research includes topics such as microbial signaling, mRNA processing, and the study of other types of plant-pathogenic organisms.

Hiring postdoc scholars

The three positions have been filled (5/1/21). The Chang and Grunwald labs are hiring three postdoctoral scholars to work on molecular plant-bacteria interactions, oomycete metabarcoding, and genome-enabled epidemiology of plant pathogens. The positions provide a competitive stipend and health insurance for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance.

Congratulations to Delaney Smith

Delaney is receiving her BS today. She graduates summa cum laude, with degrees in Biochemistry & Biophysics and Education, and having completed a substantial honors thesis. In addition, over the past four years, she has been recognized nearly 30 times, including the Goldwater, Fulbright, NSF GRFP, and a National award from PKP. What an amazing undergraduate career! So many opportunities when she returns from her Fulbright-supported experience.

Alex Weisberg featured in keynote adress

The CEO of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) gave a keynote address at the CES (Consumer Technology Association) convention. As part of the address by Lisa Su, there was a short video that starred researchers from Oregon State University. One of these was Alex Weisberg, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab. Clicking the link should take you to approximately 1 hr and 17.5 minutes into the address.

Best wishes to Dani Stevens

Dani Stevens graduated (stayed for the summer) and will be starting graduate school in September.

Lemon trees are rejoicing that she'll be focusing on plant pathology rather than plant nutrition or plant physiology (especially xylem function).

Best wishes!


New publication!

A paper by Ed Davis was published today. This describes a very interesting study on the evolution of a species of plant-associated bacteria. The amount of work and time this paper represents is quite remarkable. There is a common misconception that because work is "computational" that it is easy. At best, computational work may be easier to re-run.

Congrats to graduates!

Today, Heidi and Dani will be receiving their degrees. We'll miss you Heidi! Luckily, Dani will stay for the summer. We also wish Kody the best and thank him for all of his hard work.

New publication!

Some individuals were not very pleased with the findings reported in Savory et al (2017). We responded in a two-staged process, with a correction and a response to comments.

Congratulations to Michael Belcher

Michael Belcher, who graduated from OSU in 2017 and is now a graduate student at UC Berkeley, received an NSF GRFP. Congratulations!