Elisha Thynne

E-mail: ethynne [a] bot.uni-kiel.de

Research interests

I work on how the fungal pathogen of wheat, Zymoseptoria tritici, is able to avoid host defences and survive in wheat leaves long enough to induce disease symptoms. My work involves screening the ability of different small secrected proteins (effectors) from Z. tritici to suppress plant immune responses. I use a combination of bioinformatic analyses and molecular biology to identify immune suppression effector candidates. My goal is to identify a range of different immune-suppressing effectors and determine what host proteins they target. I hope that this research will help uncover the mechanisms of host-specificity of Z. tritici on wheat.

I have ongoing projects on this topic suitable for student internships (at the Bachelor and Masters level), so please get in contact with myself or Prof. Stukenbrock about possible positions.

Short CV

2020 – Present: Postdoc in the Environmental Genomic Group (Stukenbrock Lab), in the Botanical Institute at the Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany.

2017 – 2019: Post-doc in the Krasileva Lab at the Sainsbury Laboratory/Earlham Institute, Norwich, U.K.

2013 – 2017: PhD in the Wheat Biosecurity lab (Solomon Lab) at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

2021 Awarded an Individual Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Postdoctoral Fellowship to study effectors from Zymoseptoria tritici that suppress wheat immune responses.

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