I'm anticipating graduating in 2026
I study plant-interactions between the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pathovar tomato. Specifically, I want to know how the AvrE1 protein of P. syringae causes disease in the host plant by determining what plant proteins it targets. This involves testing interactions between AvrE1 and putative plant target proteins as well as generating Arabidopsis plants mutant for those proteins and using them in virulence assays.
I am a part of OSU's Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology program and only became associated with HCS through working with Dr. Mackey. I liked the multidisciplinary aspect of the MCDB program, which is part of why I chose it.