Project Description: 

The plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae causes disease in a large number of different plant species. Virulence is primarily achieved by the type III secretion system, which secretes and translocates effector proteins into the plant. Many of these effector proteins are believed to suppress host defense signaling. However recognition of these effector proteins by resistance (R) proteins induces a defense response.

Undergraduate's Role: 

The Lewis lab seeks undergraduate students to assist in developing programming and bioinformatics tools to investigate plant responses to bacterial pathogens. The candidate will develop scripts, databases, web tools and/or analyze imaging data. The candidate will work closely with the lab’s principal investigator, Dr. Jennifer Lewis, and team members.

Undergraduate's Qualifications: 

The student should have demonstrated skills in programming and bioinformatics, including relevant coursework in these areas. They should be strongly interested in applying these skills to plant pathology. The student should be highly motivated, conscientious, able to work independently and as part of a team, and carry out experiments to completion. A class schedule that accommodates 3-4 hour blocks of time is necessary.

Off Campus
9-12 hours
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