We are interested in understanding how plants defend themselves against pathogens. We study the HopZ family of type III effector proteins from Pseudomonas syringae and the immune responses they elicit in plant hosts. We use many different techniques to investigate plant immunity, including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genomics, high-throughput screens, and next-generation sequencing. Our long-term goals are to understand the molecular mechanisms of plant immunity, and to identify strategies for durable resistance in plants.
The Lewis Lab is located at the Plant Gene Expression Center (PGEC) in Albany, California and is part of a unique collaboration between the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture and the Plant and Microbial Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Congratulations to Lewis Lab Graduates in 2017!

Congratulations to Amy Zhu and Juan Alcauter, who graduated with their BSc degrees from UC Berkeley in May.

We welcome a new rotation student!

Tomato leaf
Ilea Chau is a new rotation student in the Lewis Lab.

Research Highlight

Phloem blocked by pathogens
Our review on phloem-limited pathogens is available in early view through Molecular Plant Pathology.

Lewis Lab Graduates in 2016!

Congratulations to Tuong Pham and Rolin Sauceda, who graduated with their BSc degrees from UC Berkeley in December.

We welcome a rotation student and a new post-doc!

Lily Gu is a new graduate student who is rotating in our lab. Yuan Chen, formerly of the McCormick lab, has joined us to investigate plant immunity.

Research Highlight

Cover art for SCDB special issue
Our review on the molecular mechanisms of effector recognition in plants is now out in Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology.

Undergraduate Research in the Lab Summer 2016

The Lewis lab welcomed four undergraduate students for summer research projects.


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