Welcome to the Staskawicz Lab!


The Staskawicz Lab studies the molecular basis of plant-pathogen interactions.  We use molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry to address how pathogens achieve virulence on susceptible hosts, and how resistant plant varieties recognize pathogens and activate innate immunity.  Diverse host-microbe models in the lab address the function of bacterial type-III secreted effector proteins, molecular determinants of host range in pathogens of Solanaceous plants, mechanisms of activation for plant immune receptors of the nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NB-LRR) family, and the genetic basis for atypical, recessive immune responses.

Michael Gomez Wins Prize to Help Feed the World

Graduate Student Michael Gomez
Staskawicz Lab Graduate Student Michael Gomez has been awarded $10,000 for his innovative research on staple food crops

Cassava Bacterial Blight

Cassava Field
NSF BREAD: Molecular and Genomic Strategies to Engineer Durable and Sustainable Disease Resistance to Bacterial Blight of Cassava
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