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.

New Publication!

A paper describing the genome sequencing and mutant screen for genes potentially involved in controlling against leaf and pseudobulb necrosis of orchid has been accepted for publication in MPMI. This is another collaborative effort with our colleagues at USDA and scientists in Brazil.

Population expansion in the Chang lab

We are excited to welcome:

Dr. Chih-Feng Wu, a new postdoctoral scholar

Lucas Dantas Lopes, a visiting graduate student from Brazil

Heidi Lederhos, an undergraduate student

Michael Belcher, an undergraduate student

New Paper! RNA-Seq Analysis of potato by PVY interactions

This was a collaborative effort with Dr. Aymeric Goyer who is at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. We provided assistance with processing and analysis of RNA-Seq data. To access the paper, follow this link.

Congratulations to Dr. Creason!

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!

New Grant Funded!

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.