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 other types of plant-pathogenic organisms.
Allison Creason successfully defended her PhD thesis and was unanimously passed by her committee, who gave her "exceeds expectations" in essentially all categories.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Creason!
We were awarded a grant from USDA-NIFA-SCRI to help the nursery industry manage diseases caused by broad host range, gall-causing bacterial pathogens. This is a collaborative research project involving six investigators all at Oregon State University. Websites for the collaborators are linked (see side tab). For more information, please follow this link.
This is a collaborative effort to use RNA-Seq datasets to improve the genome annotation of an agriculturally important oomycete pathogen. This study also investigated the breadth of alternative mRNA splicing and its role in oomycete development and virulence.
This is another collaborative paper with several investigators to characterize the stress-induced expression patterns of nonsense mRNAs in Arabidopsis thaliana. Our group contributed to the biotic stress-related experiments and analysis of its corresponding RNA-Seq data.