Description of Research
Molecular genetics and functional genomics of plant-bacteria interactions and methods to control citrus diseases caused by Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (Citrus Greening) and Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri (Citrus Canker).
- Teaching Interests
- Microbial Defense/Host-Microbe Interactions. This is a course for graduate students. Principles of bacterial virulence, host defense to microbial invasion and host-microbe interactions will be examined in a context of molecular and cellular biology involving both plants and animals. Current scientific research that incorporates these principles will also be discussed.
- University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award, May 2016
- William Boright Hewitt and Maybelle Ellen Ball Hewitt Award, August 2010, American Phytopathological Society.
- Service to Scientific Society
- Senior Editor Phytopathology 2018-present
- Senior Editor Plant Disease 2014-2016
- Associate Editor Plant Disease 2013 to 2014
- Editor in Chief Virulence Mechanisms of Plant-Pathogenic Bacteria Publisher: APS PRESS