Lab Members


MBM Mary Beth Mudgett, PhD
Principle Investigator, Professor of Biology
Research Area: My group studies the molecular basis of plant-microbe interactions using biochemical, genetic, and cell biological approaches. We are particularly interested in elucidating novel virulence mechanisms used by bacteria to subvert host immune strategies.
 IMG_2498 Mike Brown, PhD
IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Area: Isolation and characterization of acetylated protein complexes formed during effector triggered immunity in Arabidopsis.
Teaching Program: Lecturer at San Jose State University
Pic_for_Lab_website copy Zoe Dubrow
Undergraduate Student ~ Department of Biology

  • Firestone Medalist 2015, Stanford University

Research Area: Isolation and biochemical characterization of Xanthomonas type III effector proteins that target tomato 14-3-3 phosphobinding proteins; genetic and biochemical function of tomato 14-3-3 proteins in PAMP- and effector-triggered immunity.

Andrew Guzman
Graduate Student ~ Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Research Area: Molecular characterization of Xanthomonas XopX, a type III effector that perturbs plant immunity and engages cellular stress responses during infection.

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Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Biology and Department of Chemical Engineering
Research Area: Novel natural product discovery in plants; elucidation of biochemical pathways that produce antimicrobial compounds using a multidisciplinary approach, including whole genome transcription and metabolite profiling.

Jung-Gun Jung-Gun Kim, PhD
Senior Research Associate ~ Department of Biology
Research Area: Biochemical function of Xanthomonas type III effector proteins in tomato; mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis; plant innate immune signaling plant innate immunity.
 Ying_photo Ying Sun                                                                                                                                   NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Graduate Student ~ Department of Biology
Research Area:
Molecular characterization of changes in host transcription that influence plant growth and immunity during Xanthomonas infection; characterization of novel bHLH transcription factors whose transcription is modulated dynamically by the type III effector XopD, a SUMO protease.
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Visting Scholar
Lecturer, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology,
China Agricultural University, China
Research Area:
Biochemistry and cell biology of AvrBsT-triggered immunity in Arabidopsis.
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Undergraduate Student ~ Department of Biology
Research Area:
Biochemistry of effector/14-3-3 interactions.