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. We are a collaborative group of scientists who are committed to creativity, curiosity and excellence in science, training the next generation of scientists, and fostering a diverse inclusive welcoming environment that values all people.
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.

The Lewis Lab welcomes a new rotation student!

Recognition of HopZ1a by ZAR1 and ZED1
Nathan Diplock from Bates College is a new rotation student in the Lewis lab.

Lewis Lab receives research grant!

The Lewis lab has received a second Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Women in Science research grant.

Sharing our research

The lab presented their research at several meetings this summer.

Presenting the lab's research

Invited speakers and graduate student organizers
Jenn presented the lab's research at the Plant Sciences Symposium.

Congratulations Lewis Lab graduates 2019!

Congratulations to Lizz Boville, Stephen Georgiou and Lydia Zhang who graduated with their B.Sc. degrees in May and December

STEM outreach

Dr. Chen speaking to high school students
Dr. Yuan Chen participated in scientific outreach in China.

We welcome a new rotation student!

HopZ1a recognition
Helen Liu from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a new rotating graduate student in the lab.

Congratulations to Lewis Lab Graduates in 2018!

Congratulations to Steven Yee, and former lab member Taylor Harris, who graduated with their B.Sc.'s in May!


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