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