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.

Undergraduate Research in the Lab Summer 2016

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

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.

Lewis Lab Graduates in 2016!

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

Contra Costa College Intern Featured in News Article!

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

Lewis Lab Graduates 2015!

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

Research Highlight

The HopZ family of type III secreted effectors has diverse means of suppressing plant immunity.

Season of Changes

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


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