Nicholas Colaianni, Ph.D. student in the Dangl lab, collaborates with researchers at the Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI) of Molecular Plant Biology and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for back-to-back papers in Cell Host & Microbe. From the article, the researchers “use two complementary approaches to unveil a co-evolutionary mechanism between bacteria and plants and also explain complex immune response patterns observed in the wild. Together the papers change the way scientists have been thinking about the relationship of a bacterial antigenic component with its plant immune receptor.” Congratulations to the Dangl lab and Nicholas!
According to his profile on the Dangl lab’s website, Nick is “interested in understanding how bacterial communities interact with their plant hosts. Currently, I am working on understanding how plants respond to a diverse set of bacterially derived proteins. I am also working on computational pipelines to utilize shotgun metagenomic sequencing data in our understanding of the important functional differences between microbial communities.”