Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology



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610Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Research Interests

  • Genomics of Powdery Mildews
  • Biology of Powdery Mildew Effectors and their targets



Pennington HG, Jones R, Kwon S, et al., 2019, The fungal ribonuclease-like effector protein CSEP0064/BEC1054 represses plant immunity and interferes with degradation of host ribosomal RNA, Plos Pathogens, Vol:15, ISSN:1553-7366

Bourras S, Praz CR, Spanu PD, et al., 2018, Cereal powdery mildew effectors: a complex toolbox for an obligate pathogen, Current Opinion in Microbiology, Vol:46, ISSN:1369-5274, Pages:26-33

Yu S-C, Kuemmel F, Skoufou-Papoutsaki M-N, et al., 2018, Yeast transformation efficiency is enhanced by TORC1- and eisosome-dependent signaling., Microbiologyopen

Frantzeskakis L, Kracher B, Kusch S, et al., 2018, Signatures of host specialization and a recent transposable element burst in the dynamic one-speed genome of the fungal barley powdery mildew pathogen, Bmc Genomics, Vol:19, ISSN:1471-2164

Thordal-Christensen H, Birch PRJ, Spanu PD, et al., 2018, Why did filamentous plant pathogens evolve the potential to secrete hundreds of effectors to enable disease?, Molecular Plant Pathology, Vol:19, ISSN:1464-6722, Pages:781-785

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