Postdoctoral Position, Plant-Pathogen Interactions

John M. McDowell johnmcd at
Wed Jun 19 09:17:37 EST 2002

Postdoctoral Research in Molecular Plant Pathology of Arabidopsis
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

A USDA-funded postdoctoral position is available to study disease
resistance signaling in Arabidopsis.  This project focuses on signal
transduction pathways that are activated by the RPP7 gene, for resistance
to the downy mildew pathogen Peronospora parasitica.  RPP7-dependent
resistance is interesting because it does not require well-studied defense
signaling compounds like salicylic acid, jasmonic acid, or ethylene (see
McDowell et al., The Plant Journal 22, 523-31).  The candidate will use a
variety of genetic and biochemical approaches better define the signaling
pathways downstream of RPP7 and to identify new RPP7 signal transducers.
Opportunities will also arise to use gene expression profiling and other
high-throughput approaches to place RPP7 signaling in context with other
well-studied signaling pathways. This position is funded for three years
and could begin as early as September 15, 2002.

Virginia Tech has an active plant biotechnology community and is expanding
in the areas of molecular plant pathology and bioinformatics.  My lab is
housed in the recently constructed Fralin Biotechnology Center
(  Virginia Tech is located in a relaxed, attractive
mountain community, which contains all of the standard college town
amenities as well as easy access to exceptional outdoor recreation
opportunities ( Virginia Tech is committed to equal
opportunity employment, and we particularly encourage applications from
underrepresented groups.

The successful applicant will be highly motivated and have significant
expertise in molecular biology and/or biochemistry.  Interested individuals
should contact John McDowell (johnmcd at  I will also be happy to
talk with interested candidates at the Arabidopsis conference in Seville.

John M. McDowell
Assistant Professor
PPWS Department
Fralin Biotechnology Center (0346)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0346

email johnmcd at
phone 540-231-2388
fax 540-231-7126


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