Welcome to the Raina lab in the Biology department at Syracuse University. Overall goal of our research is to understand how plants sense the environment and activate defense against pests. We use genetic and molecular approaches to identify the genes involved in these processes and the molecular mechanisms regulating the responses. Following are the specific projects currently being pursued in our lab:
  • Genetic and molecular mechanisms regulating plant-pathogen interactionn: Infection of host plants by pathogens results in one of the two possible outcomes: disease (compatible interaction) or resistance (incompatible interaction). Resistance responses involve recognition of pathogen, siganl transduction and coordinated activation of several hundreds of plant genes. Long term goal of our research is to identify the pant defense genes and analyze their role in defense againts pathogens. Read more
  • Functional genomics of cell signaling in plants: Receptor-like kinases (RLKs) are involved in signal perception and transmission through the cell surface. In Arabidopsis RLKs constitute a large family consisting of more than 600 family members. However, the function of very few of these genes is known. Long term goal of this project is to determine the role of RLKs in regualting various plant processes by identifying downstream targets of these genes. Read more

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