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.

Citrus greening research featured in multiple news stories!

Peptides induce immune responses
Our research on peptides that elicit immune responses in citrus has been featured in multiple news stories and is the editor's pick for March!

Research Highlight

Filming the protocol
Jana and Ilea's Jove video protocol of the tomato seedling flood assay is now published!

Dr. Maël Baudin receives Marie Curie!

Marie Curie
Dr. Maël Baudin has received the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship!

Video shoot of tomato seedling protocol!

The Lewis Lab hosted Jove videographer Nastasha Drobnica to film a video protocol of our tomato seedling assay!

Research highlight

Immune response in citrus
Yuan and Claire's paper on citrus immune responses is now published in MPMI and is the editor's pick for March!

Research highlight

Immune response in Nicotiana benthamiana
Maël and Karl's paper on ZAR1 is published in The Plant Journal!

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.


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