Sarah R Grant

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Research Associate Professor


Bachelors of Sciences:  1980 major: Biology, minor: Biochemistry. University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario Canada.

Doctorate: 1986 Stanford University Genetics Department, Supervisor: Stanley N. Cohen. Research topic: transmissible sex factors in Streptomyces lividans bacteria. 

Post doc: 1986-1989 Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Supervisor: Heinz Saedler. Research topic: regulation and action of transposable elements in maize

Previous positions:

1990-1995 Group leader Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Department of Genetics. Research topic: Genetics of sex determination in flowering plants.

1995-2004 Research Assistant Professor: Department of Biology, UNC Research topics: Genetics of sex determination in flowering plants, plant-pathogen interactions.

Project Description:

Virulence factors in plant pathogenic bacteria


Mucyn, T.S., Yourstone, S., Lind, A.L., Biswas, S., Nishimura, M., Baltrus, D.A., Cumbie, J.S., Chang, J.H., Jones, C. D. andGrant, S.R. (2014) Variable Suites of Non-effector Genes Are Co-regulated in the Type III Secretion Virulence Regulon across thePseudomonas syringae  Phylogeny" Plos Pathogens 10 e1003807 (PPATHOGENS-D-13-02271R1)

Hogan, C.S., Mole, B.M., Grant, S.R., Willis, D.K. and Charkowski, A.O. (2013) The Type III Secreted Effector DspE is Required Early in Solanum tuberosum Leaf Infection by Pectobacterium carotovorum to Cause Cell Death, and Requires Wx(3-6)D/E Motifs".PLoS One 8 e65534.

Baltrus, D., Nishimura, M.T., Romanchuk, R., Chang, J.H., Mukhtar M.S., Cherkis, K., Roach, J., Grant. S.R., Jones, C. and Dangl J.L. (2011) Dynamic evolution of pathogenicity revealed by sequencing and comparative genomics of 19 Pseudomonas syringaeisolates. PLoS Pathogens 7, e1002132.

Mole, B., Habibi, S., Dangl, J.L. and Grant, S.R. (2010) Gluconate metabolism is required for virulence of the soft-rot pathogenPectobacterium carotovorum. Mol. Plant Microbe Interact. 23, 1335-1344.

J. D. Glasner, J.D., Marquez-Villavincencio, M., Kim, H.-S., Jahn, C.E., MaB., Biehl, B.S., Rissman, A.I., Mole, B., Yi, X., Yang, C.H., Dangl, J.L., Grant,S.R., Perna, N.T., and Charkowski, A.O. (2008) Niche-Specificity and the Variable Fraction of thePectobacterium Pan-Genome. Mol. Plant Microbe Interact. 12, 1549-1560.

Goel A.K. Lundberg, D. Torres M.A. Matthews, R. Akimoto-Tomiyama, C., Farmer, L., Dangl, J.L and Grant, S.R. (2008) ThePseudomonas syringae type III effector HopAM1 enhances virulence on water-stressed plants. Mol. Plant Microbe Interact. 21, 361-370.