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.

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.

Lewis Lab Graduates in 2016!

Congratulations to Juan Hernandez and Angela Ziqi Liu who officially graduated from UC Berkeley, and Ruben Rubalcava who graduated from UC Davis, with their BScs in 2016.

We welcome two new post-docs!

Karl Schreiber and Claire Bendix are two new postdocs in the Lewis Lab.

Contra Costa College Intern Featured in News Article!

Ray Serafin
Ray Serafin, our Contra Costa College USDA Scholar, was profiled in The Advocate.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Tania Funes presenting her research poster
We are looking for highly motivated undergraduate students interested in pursuing scientific research.

Lewis Lab Graduates 2015!

Graduation cap
Congratulations to Dina Nazarchuk and Nolan Mori, who officially graduated from UC Berkeley with their BScs in 2015!

Season of Changes

The Lewis lab welcomes new post-doc, Mael Baudin, and says adieu to another member.


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