The Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for two faculty positions: an Assistant Professor in Plant Molecular Biology and Genomics and a Lecturer to teach courses in Ecology/Evolution and Introductory Biology. READ MORE >>
Congratulations to Dangl-Grant lab post-docs Eui-Hwan Chung and Farid El-Kasmi who, with former post-doc Yijian He and former UNC undergrad Alex Loehr, have published a paper in the October issue of Cell Host & Microbe entitled: ‘A plant phosphoswitch platform repeatedly targeted by type III effector proteins regulates the output of both tiers of plant immune receptors.’ This paper provides an evolutionarily consistent molecular mechanism to describes how several bacterial pathogen effectors enhance virulence by manipulating the ratio of specific phosphorylation events on their host target protein. READ MORE >>
Congratulations to former Dangl-Grant lab Senior Research Associate Petra Epple, current post-doc Li Yang, and former post-doc Yijian He, who were all co-first authors on a multi-institution paper in the September issue of Cell Host & Microbe entitled: ‘Convergent targeting of a common host protein-network by pathogen effectors from three kingdoms of life’. This paper demonstrates that plant pathogens separated by over 2.5 billion years have evolved sets of non-homologous virulence effector proteins that target a shared set of plant cellular proteins that are highly enriched for components of the plant defense machinery. Former UNC undergrads Nathan McDonald and Kristin Wiley were major contributors, working with Petra, to getting this project going. READ MORE >>
The Biology Department Picnic is coming up! It will be held on October 15th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Genomic Sciences courtyard and will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some good barbecue before heading off for Fall break. So mark your calendars and we hope to see you at the picnic!