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PhD - 2011, Microbiology, Designated Emphasis in Genomics and Computational Biology University of California, Berkeley, USA

BS  - 2005Plant Genetics and Microbiology University of California, Berkeley, USA


"From plant immunity to food security" - an interview with Ksenia Krasileva, BMC Biology 2018 16:123 (link

Video - The highly variable plant immune receptors and how to catch them

Video - Plant immune receptors, pathogen effectors and the evolutionary game of 'Go' that they play, North Carolina State University, Nov 1st 2021. invited seminar director's cut 55 min, with introduction by Prof Peter Balint-Kurti)

Video - Catching the right mutation - enhanced disease resistance mutants in wheat protect against stripe rust and other pathogens, America Phytopathological Society, 2021


2021 - NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

2019 - Gordon and Betty Moore Inventor Fellow

2018 - Carlotta Award for outstanding contributions to wheat research


Krasileva lab member are in bold


43. Nakamoto AA, Joubert PM, Krasileva KV "Evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements in Magnaporthe oryzaereveal evidence of genomic transfer and key differences between rice and wheat blast pathotypes

42. Joubert PM, Krasileva KV. "The extrachromosomal circular DNAs of the rice blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae contain a wide variety of LTR retrotransposons, genes, and effectors.BMC Biol 20, 260 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12915-022-01457-2

41. Prigozhin DM, Rangavajjhala S, Krasileva KV "Majority of the highly variable NLRs in maize share genomic location and contain additional target-binding domainsbioRxiv 2022.10.05.510735; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.10.05.510735 Research article

40. Seong K and Krasileva KV "Comparative computational structural genomics highlights divergent evolution of fungal effectors

39. Baggs E.L, Tiersma M.BAbramson B.WMichael T.P, Krasileva K.V "Characterization of EDS1-independent plant defense responses against bacterial pathogens using Duckweed/Pseudomonas pathosystems

38. Tamborski J, Seong K, Liu F, Staskawicz B, Krasileva K.V "Engineering of Sr33 and Sr50 plant immune receptors to alter recognition specificity and autoactivity

37. Arora S, Steed A, Goddard R, Gaurav K, O’Hara T, Schoen A, Rawat N, Elkot AF, Chinoy C, Nicholson MH, Asuke S, Steuernagel B, Yu G, Awal R, Forner-Martínez M, Wingen L, Baggs E, Clarke J, Ksenia V. Krasileva, Yukio Tosa, Jonathan D. G. Jones, Vijay K. Tiwari, Brande B. H. Wulff, Paul Nicholson “A wheat kinase and immune receptor form the host-specificity barrier against the blast fungusbioRxiv 2022.01.27.477927; https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.01.27.477927

36. Seong K, Lunde C, Seo E, Li M, Krasileva K, Staskawicz B "A draft genome assembly for the heterozygous wild tomato Solanum habrochaites highlights haplotypic structural variations of intracellular immune receptors


35.  Johanndrees O*Baggs EL*Uhlmann CLocci FLäßle HLMelkonian KKäufer KDongus JANakagami HKrasileva KVParker JELapin D "Differential EDS1 requirement for cell death activities of plant TIR-domain proteins

34. Gaurav K, Arora S, Silva P, Sanchez-Martin J, Horsnell R et al (Open Wild Wheat Consortium) "Population genomic analysis of Aegilops tauschii identifies targets for bread wheat improvement" Nat Biotechnol 2021 (bioRxiv Feb 2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41587-021-01058-4 Research article (PDF)

33. Prigozhin DM and Krasileva KV "Analysis of intraspecies diversity reveals a subset of highly variable plant immune receptors and predicts their binding sites" The Plant Cell, Jan 2021 (bioRxiv v1 July 2020 v1https://doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koab013 Research article

32. Seong K, Krasileva KV "Computational structural genomics unravels common folds and predicted functions in the secretome of fungal phytopathogen Magnaporthe oryzae" Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2021 Nov;34(11):1267-1280. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-03-21-0071-R. (bioRxiv Jan 2021) Research article

  • This article has been highlighted as the Editor's pick 2021

31. Hufford MB, Seetharam A, Woodhouse M, Chougule K, Ou S, Liu J, Ricci WA, Guo T, Olson A, Qiu Y, Coletta RD, Tittes S, Hudson AI, Marand A, Wei S, Lu Z, Wang B, Wang N, Kim D, Zeng Y, Piri R, O’Connor C, Li X, Gilbert A, Baggs E, Krasileva KV, Portwood J, Cannon E, Andorf C, Manchanda N, Snodgrass S, Hufnagel D, Jiang Q, Pedersen S, Syring M, Kudrna DA,  McGaugh S, Schmitz RJ, Llaca V, Fengler K, Ross-Ibarra J, Yu J, Gent JI, Hirsch CN, Ware D, Dawe RK "De novo assembly, annotation, and comparative analysis of 26 diverse maize genomes" Science. 2021 Aug 6;373(6555):655-662. (bioRxiv Jan 2021) https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abg5289. Research article


30. Michael TP, Ernst E, Hartwick N, Chu P, Bryant D, Gilbert S, Ortleb S, Baggs ELSree KS, Appenroth KJ, Fuchs J, Jupe, Sandoval JP, Krasileva KV, Borisjuk L, Mockler TC, Ecker JRMartienssen RA, Lam E "Genome and time-of-day transcriptome of Wolffia australiana link morphological extreme minimization with un-gated plant growth Genome Research, Dec 2020 (bioRxiv April 2020) doi:10.1101/gr.266429.120 Research article

29. Walkowiak et al "Multiple wheat genomes reveal global variation in modern breeding" Nature, Nov 2020 Research article

28. Schwessinger B and Krasileva KV "Editorial overview: Biotic interactions — from single molecules to complex ecosystems" Current Opinion in Plant Biology, v56 Aug 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbi.2020.06.004 Editorial.

27. Baggs EL, Monroe JG, Thanki AS, O'Grady R, Schudoma C, Haerty W, Krasileva KV "Convergent Loss of an EDS1/PAD4 Signaling Pathway in Several Plant Lineages Reveals Co-evolved Components of Plant Immunity and Drought Response." The Plant Cell (2020). (bioRxiv March, Nov 2019: v1, v2) https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00903 Research article

26. Steuernagel B, Witek K, Krattinger SG, Ramirez-Gonzalez RH, Schoonbeek HJ, Yu G, Baggs E, Witek A, Yadav I, Krasileva KV, Jones JD, Uauy C, Keller B, Ridout CJ, Wulff BB "The NLR-Annotator tool enables annotation of the intracellular immune receptor repertoire." Plant Physiology 2020 Mar 17.  https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.19.01273 Research article

25. Tamborski J and Krasileva KVEvolution of Plant NLRs: From Natural History to Precise Modifications”  Annu Rev Plant Biol.2020 Feb 24. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-arplant-081519-035901 Review


24.  Krasileva KV "The role of transposable elements and DNA damage repair mechanisms in gene amplification and protein domain shuffling in plant genomes" Current Opinion in Plant Biology (2019) 48: 18-25 (PeerJ preprint Jan 2019) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbi.2019.01.004 Review


23. Bailey PCSchudoma C, Jackson W, Baggs EDagdas G, Haerty W, Moscou M, Krasileva KV "Dominant integration locus drives continuous diversification of plant immune receptors with exogenous domain fusions" Genome Biology 2018 19:23 (first at bioRxiv) Research article


22. Krasileva KV "Secrets of a hardy crop: New genomic resources for pearl millet are revealing how crops stand up to challenging environments" Nature Biotechnology, 35(10) Oct 2017 News and Views

21. Baggs EDagdas GKrasileva KV "NLR diversity, helpers and integrated domains: making sense of the NLR IDentity" Curr Opinion in Plant Biology, 2017 38:59-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbi.2017.04.012 Review

20. Bevan MW, Uauy C, Wulff BBH, Zhou1 J, Krasileva KV, and Clark M "Genomic Innovation for Crop Improvement" Nature, Mar 15;543(7645):346-354. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature22011 Review

19. Krasileva KV, Vasquez-Gross H, Bailey P, Paraiso F, Clissold L, Howell T, Ramirez-Gonzalez R, Wang X, Ayling S, Fosker C, Phillips A, Uauy C, Dubcovsky "Uncovering hidden variation in polyploid wheat." Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences U S A, 2017 Feb 7;114(6):E913-E921 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1619268114 Research article 

18. Clavijo BJ, Venturini L, Schudoma C, Accinelli GG, Kaithakottil G, Wright J, Borrill P, Kettleborough G, Heavens D, Chapman H, Lipscombe J, Barker T, Lu FH, McKenzie N, Raats D, Ramirez-Gonzalez RH, Coince A, Peel N, Percival-Alwyn L, Duncan O, Trösch J, Yu G, Bolser DM, Namaati G, Kerhornou A, Spannagl M, Gundlach H, Haberer G, Davey RP, Fosker C, Palma FD, Phillips AL, Millar AH, Kersey PJ, Uauy C, Krasileva KV, Swarbreck D, Bevan MW, Clark MD "An improved assembly and annotation of the allohexaploid wheat genome identifies complete families of agronomic genes and provides genomic evidence for chromosomal translocations." Genome Res. 2017 May;27(5):885-896 (bioRxiv) https://doi.org/10.1101/gr.217117.116 Research article 


17. Sarris PF, Cevik V, Dagdas G, Jones JD, Krasileva KV "Comparative analysis of plant immune receptor architectures uncovers host proteins likely targeted by pathogens" BMC Biology, 2016 14(1):8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12915-016-0228-7 Research article

16. Petre B, Saunders DG, Sklenar J, Lorrain C, Krasileva KV, Win J, Duplessis S, Kamoun S. "Heterologous Expression Screens in Nicotiana benthamiana Identify a Candidate Effector of the Wheat Yellow Rust Pathogen that Associates with Processing Bodies" PLoS One 2016 11(2):e0149035. (bioRxiv) Research article


15. Schwessinger B, Bart R, Krasileva KV and Coaker G. "Focus issue on plant immunity: from model systems to crop species." Front Plant Sci. 2015 6:195. Editorial

14. Wu CH, Krasileva KV, Banfield MJ, Terauchi R, Kamoun S. "The "sensor domains" of plant NLR proteins: more than decoys?" Front Plant Sci. 2015 6:134. Opinion


13. Henry IM, Nagalakshmi U, Lieberman MC, Ngo KJ, Krasileva KV, Vasquez-Gross H, Alina Akunova A, Akhunov E, Dubcovsky J, Tai TH and Comai L "Efficient genome-wide detection and cataloguing of EMS-induced mutations using exome capture and next-generation sequencing." Plant Cell, 2014 26(4):1382-1397. Research article


12. Krasileva KV, Buffalo V, Bailey P, Pearce S, Ayling S, Tabbita F, Soria M, Wang S, Consortium I, Akhunov E, Uauy C, Dubcovsky J "Separating homeologs by phasing in the tetraploid wheat transcriptome," Genome Biol. 2013 14(6):R66. Research article


11. Steinbrenner AD, Goritschnig S, Krasileva KV, Schreiber KJ, Staskawicz BJ. "Effector recognition and activation of the Arabidopsis thaliana NLR innate immune receptors." Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 2012 77:249-57.

10. Bart R, Cohn M, Kassen A, McCallum EJ, Shybut M, Petriello A, Krasileva K, Dahlbeck D, et al. "High-throughput genomic sequencing of cassava bacterial blight strains identifies conserved effectors to target for durable resistance." PNAS, 2012 109(28):E1972-9. Research article

9. Goritschnig S, Krasileva KV, Dahlbeck D, Staskawicz BJ. "Computational prediction and molecular characterization of an oomycete effector and the cognate Arabidopsis resistance gene" PLoS Genetics, 2012 8(2):e1002502. Research article

8. Win J, Krasileva KV, Kamoun S, Shirasu K, Staskawicz BJ, Banfield MJ. "Sequence divergent RXLR effectors share a structural fold conserved across plant pathogenic oomycete species" PLoS Pathogens, 2012 8(1): e1002400. Research article


7. Krasileva KV, Zheng C, Leonelli L, Goritschnig S, Dahlbeck D, Staskawicz BJ. "Global analysis of Arabidopsis / downy mildew interactions reveals prevalence of incomplete resistance and rapid evolution of pathogen recognition." PLoS One, 2011 6: e28765. Research article

6. Zhao B, Dahlbeck D, Krasileva KV, Fong RW, Staskawicz BJ. "Computational and Biochemical Analysis of the Xanthomonas Effector AvrBs2 and Its Role in the Modulation of Xanthomonas Type Three Effector Delivery." PLoS Pathogens, 2011 12 :e1002408. Research article

5. Chou S*, Krasileva KV*, Holton J, Steinbrenner A, Alber T, Staskawicz BJ. (2011) "Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis ATR1 effector is a repeat protein with distributed recognition surfaces." PNAS, 2011 108(32): 13323-8. Research article

*equal first author contribution 

4. Potnis N*, Krasileva K*, Chow V, Almeida NF Jr, Patil PB, et al. "Comparative Genomics Reveals Diversity among Xanthomonads Infecting Tomato and Pepper." BMC Genomics, 2011 12(1): 146. Research article

*equal first author contribution


3. Krasileva KV, Dahlbeck D, Staskawicz BJ. "Activation of an Arabidopsis Resistance Protein Is Specified by the in Planta Association of Its Leucine-Rich Repeat Domain with Cognate Oomycete Effector." Plant Cell, 2010 22:1-16. Research article

2. Dulla GF, Krasileva KV, Lindow SE. "Interference of Quorum Sensing in Pseudomonas syringae by Bacterial Epiphytes that Limit Iron Availability." Environmental Microbiology, 2010, 12(6): 1762-74. Research article


1. Win J, Morgan W, Bos J, Krasileva KV, Cano LM, Chaparro-Garcia A, Ammar L, Staskawicz BJ, Kamoun S. "Adaptive Evolution Has Targeted the C-terminal Domain of the RXLR Effectors of Plant Pathogenic Oomycetes." Plant Cell, 2007 19: 2349-69. Research article