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 roles of the plant hormone auxin (indole acetic acid, IAA) during pathogenesis.

The Kunkel Lab, August 2018. Photo taken by Erin Gerrity
Lab members, left to right: Back row: Aaron Lowenstin, Arnaud Djami Tchatchou, Alex Li
Front row: Barbara Kunkel, Taylor Harris (Rotation Student, PMB Program), Anthony Verbeck, Chris Harper

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Barbara N. Kunkel 
Professor
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