Kaitlyn Courville - AG Feldbrügge

Smuts are a prevalent group of plant-pathogenic fungi that affect agriculturally important cereal crops. These biotrophic basidiomycetes specifically interfere with the seed development of their hosts by producing a large quantity of brown, dust-like spores. In recent years, extensive work has been conducted with grass smuts including Ustilago maydis, Sporisorium reilianum, and Ustilago hordei to uncover the molecular mechanisms of infection, ultimately revealing both common and individual effector repertoires.

I am interested in elucidating and studying the molecular toolboxes of smut fungi that allow them to colonize specific non-grass host plants, how these host plants defend against such infection, and ultimately how these molecular toolboxes on both the fungal and plant sides compare to those of similar smut pathosystems on the transcriptome level.

Starting date: 01.03.2014 / PhD student

Thesis committee members: Michael Feldbrügge, Laura Rose, Vera Göhre

Mini Academic CV:

  • 2014:
    • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Biology, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf

      Thesis:“Characterizing novel targets of endosomal mRNA transport in Ustilago maydis

  • 2012:
    • Bachelor of Scieence (B.Sc.) in Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Kaitlyn Courville

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Dr. Kaitlyn Courville

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