Welcome to the Kunkel Lab!

Barbara Kunkel's research group is interested in the signaling and regulatory events that govern interactions between bacterial plant pathogens and their hosts. The group is studying the bacterial plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae and one of its hosts, Arabidopsis thaliana, a system in which both pathogen and host are amenable to genetic and molecular analysis. The group's approach involves identifying and characterizing both pathogen and plant genes that govern whether interactions between these two organisms result in disease or not. The research currently focuses on two central areas: 1) The molecular basis of pathogenicity in P. syringae, and 2) The physiological processes and signaling pathways in the plant host that are modified by pathogen virulence factors.

The Kunkel Lab, May 2014. Taken by Wan Shi at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Lab members, left to right: Barbara Kunkel, Allen Choi, Shuo Zhang, Wan Shi (front, in red shirt), James Mason, Sheri McClerklin and Greg Harrison.



Barbara N. Kunkel 
Departpment of Biology
Washington University
Campus Box 1137
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone( 314 )935-7284
email: kunkel@wustl.edu

Office: 319 Monsanto Lab
Lab: 308 Monsanto Lab
Lab phone: (314) 935 4728