Plant Molecular Biology Consortium
The Plant Molecular Biology Consortium sponsors monthly seminars featuring nationally recognized academic and industrial plant scientists. Membership is open to plant scientists associated with any of North Carolina's colleges or universities and any representatives from companies involved in plant molecular biology.
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2023-2024 Seminar Series
Seminars will be held virtually via zoom. Registration will be required to attend all meetings and receive a secure meeting link.
"From natural diversity to rational modification of plant immune receptors"
Plants have a powerful immune system that relies on population level diversity of innate immune receptors. We have analyzed within species diversity of receptors in Arabidopsis, soybean and maize and uncovered that a subset of genes evolves rapidly though mutations at the ligand binding sites. We also show that such rapidly evolving subsets of receptors are marked by distinct genomic and epigenomic features. With advances in computational structural biology we can model receptors as well as their ligands and move towards rational modification of receptor specificities. We are developing transcription circuit approaches to better control synthetic alleles. Together, a combination of inter-species diversity analysis and synthetic biology provide new approaches towards rational disease control.
Dr. Ksenia Krasileva is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an interdisciplinary scientist who studies genomics and innate immune systems. Krasileva holds both BS and PhD degrees from Berkeley where she studied plant-microbe interactions and was trained in Genomic and Computational Biology. She did her post graduate work in wheat genomics at University of California Davis supported by USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship. Krasileva received the Carlotta award honoring women in working on wheat, Gordon and Betty Moore New Innovator award for her ideas in engineering immune receptors and NIH New Innovator award to pursue understanding innate immunity across kingdoms. Krasileva Lab at Berkeley maintains research interests in the biology of genomes, evolution and function of plant innate immunity.
2024 PMB Retreat
The 2024 PMB Retreat will return to the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach and will feature keynote speaker Lars Østergaard from the John Innes Center and the University of Oxford.
Stay tuned for more information regarding registration, hotel reservations and abstract submissions!
University of California, Davis
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
Iowa State University
The 2022 PMB Retreat was held at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach from October 14-16. A detailed agenda and abstract links are available on our event page.
Keynote Speaker: Jose Dinneny, Standford University
Capstone Speaker: Kultaran Chohan, NC State University