Dr. Dean W. Gabriel
Research in my lab is in the areas of genetics, physiology and molecular biology of plant/microbe interactions. We are currently working on the structure, function and expression of cloned pathogen virulence genes, especially those involving citrus canker disease, cotton blight and common bean blight. Citrus canker disease is a quarantined pathogen in the U.S. and must be kept under BL-3 physical containment. We are working on methods to block pathogen signal molecules transferred to the plant nucleus. We have research projects to engineer resistance to bacterial pathogens and insect pests. Other projects involve research on the population structure, epidemiology, taxonomy, and detection of Xanthomonas. Graduate students in my lab have the option of majoring in either Plant Pathology or Plant Molecular and Cell Biology. I teach on the subjects of microbial genetics, population genetics, host/parasite interactions, and resistance gene management in two formal courses: "PLP6502, Genetics of Plant/Microbe Interactions" and "PCB5065, Advanced Genetics."