Areas: Xylem Mobile Bacterial Pathogens
Particularly, I am interested in infection processes, host colonization, biofilm formation, and molecular characterization of bacterial plant pathogens. I am answering research questions about the biology of pathogenic bacteria using a variety of microbiology and molecular biology techniques, as well as nanotechnology.
I am especially interested in plant pathogenic bacteria in aspects such as infection processes, host colonization, biofilm formation and molecular interactions.
Current Research Projects:
- Systemic Formulations Of Antibacterial Nanoparticles For Pierce’s Disease
- Calcium Regulation Of Interactions Between A Xylem-inhabiting Pathogenic Bacterium & Host Plants
- Transcriptional Regulation Of Calcium Among Animal & Plant Pathogenic Bacteria Studied In A Microfluidic Model System
- Infection Traits & Growth Of "Candidatus Liberibacter Asiaticus" Inside Microfluidic Chambers
- Copper (Cu) Homeostasis In Xylella Fastidiosa
- Geographic Distribution Of Isolate Virulence In Xylella Fastidiosa Collected From Grape In California & Its Effect On Host Resistance