Dr Michelle Hulin
I am interested in the molecular evolution and population genetics of plant pathogenic bacteria. How have bacteria evolved to manipulate the plant immune system and what genetic diversity exists in plant-associated bacterial populations, that can be acted upon by selection. My PhD project (completed at NIAB-EMR/University of Reading, March 2017) focused on determining the genetic basis of host specificity of P. syringae on Prunus species. This involved comparative genomics to identify key factors in disease, followed by molecular plant pathology to determine their role in this interaction.
My current research is continuing on from my PhD, with the eventual aim to identify novel sources of host resistance based on the knowledge of factors that are vital for pathogenicity. I am also keen to apply some of the bioinformatics and molecular techniques optimised during my PhD to other bacterial diseases of perennial hosts.
- Li B, Hulin M.T., Brain P, Mansfield J.W., Jackson R.W. and Harrison R.J. . (2015). Rapid, automated detection of stem canker symptoms in woody perennials using artificial neural network analysis Plant Methods 11:. 57.