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Krasileva Lab

231 Koshland Hall, Berkeley CA 94720 kseniak [at] berkeley.edu.

New review article from our lab

Janina Tamborski and Ksenia Krasileva "Evolution of Plant NLRs: From Natural History to Precise Modifications" Annual Review of Plant Biology v71, 2020 (link)

Welcome China Lunde Shaw, our new lab manager!

Joseph Brodsky once said "A school is a factory is a poem is a prison is academia is boredom, with flashes of panic" (J. Brodsky, Less than One, 1976). We are excited for China to join our lab, she will keep down our flashes of panic when it comes to lab organization, ordering and running the lab while enjoying the bits of poetry that is research.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Innovator 2019 Fellowship

We are thrilled to have our first grant at UC Berkeley. Ksenia and our lab were selected as one of only 5 recipients of the grant this year. The grant is focused on sustainable agriculture and boosting plant health through new protein engineering approaches (akin to antibody therapy for us humans) that will be able to recognize invading pathogens. This project stems directly from our discovery of plant immune receptors naturally prone to new protein fusions that can function as 'baits' for the pathogen.

Read The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announcement.

Pierre awarded Grace Kase Fellowship

Congratulations Pierre on receiving Grace Kase Graduate Fellowship Award 2019-2020 to investigate evolution of 'Genomes under stress'.

New preprint: What genomics can tell us about aquatic vs terrestrial plant lifestyle

Erin Baggs has her new paper out on bioarxiv preprint: "Convergent gene loss in aquatic plants predicts new components of plant immunity and drought response"

Welcome our first rotation students at Berkeley!

Two new students, Pierre Joubert (microbiology) and Lorenzo Washington (plant) start their 3rd rotation with us today. Welcome to the Lab.

Who we are and what we do?

Krasileva lab an inter-disciplinary group of people who combine new technologies, basic and translational research. Our common goal is to understand plant innate immunity, a system that maintains plant health. We focus on evolution and function of plant immune genes, as well as the mechanisms that regulate genetic diversity.

We are part of Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California Berkeley.  If you are interested in becoming part of the group, here is how you can approach us:

  • undergraduate research: reach out to any group member. You can also use our contact form.
  • graduate students: for rotation, please come and see me. For applying to Berkeley, please, see description of our graduate programs in Microbiology and Plant Biology. At our department, there is no direct admission of graduate students to the labs.
  • postdocs: if you would like to write postdoctoral fellowships with us, please send me the fellowship you have in mind and your CV.
  • staff: occassionally, positions become available. Please, watch this space or send us a note.

To read more about specific research projects visit About us and Publications. Our lab culture is summarized in the Krasileva Lab Charter

If you have any questions about Krasileva Lab and what we do, e-mail, tweet, come and meet us in person. Look for the updates on the conferences we plan to attend on this page. We are always happy to see you on campus.

- Ksenia

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