Jake is a molecular microbiologist, interested in the signalling pathways that control plant colonisation and infection by Pseudomonas species.
He investigates how bacterial signal transduction pathways respond to inputs from the environment, and how this regulates bacterial behaviour.
Jake’s research is focussed on combatting agriculturally relevant plant diseases, both caused, and suppressed, by Pseudomonas.
Jake also investigates the effect of plant genotype on microbial communities within the soil, and how this may be exploited for agricultural benefit.
- Pseudomonas signal transduction in response to environmental stimuli
- Bacterial infection and colonisation mechanisms in both plants and humans
- Identifying bacterial output pathways that suppress plant diseases