Amanda McRae and Mandy Li
Rebecca Mackelprang, Mary Wildermuth, Yessica Wiryawan
Graduate students Michael and Becky looking at data
Arabidopsis Stains
Mary Wildermuth and Michael Steinwand
Graduate Student Hang Xue and Dr. Mary Wildermuth

 Welcome to the lab of Mary WIldermuth at UC Berkeley.

We study plant-microbe interactions at the molecular level and are focused on how the microbe manipulates the plant to promote its own growth and reproduction. In parallel, we examine plant defenses that limit the extent of growth and reproduction of an adapted pathogen on its host.

Dec 2023 - new preprint!

J. Jaenisch, H. Xue, J. Schläpfer, E.R. McGarrigle, K. Louie, T.R. Northen, M.C. Wildermuth. Powdery mildew infection induces a non-canonical route to storage lipid formation at the expense of host thylakoid lipids to fuel its spore production. bioRxiv 2023.12.15.571944; doi:

July 2023 - Congrats to Claudine Tahmin for passing the qualifying exam!

Claudine Tahmin's PhD project aims to investigate the transcriptional network controlling powdery mildew-induced leaf TAG accumulation using the resource-rich Arabidopsis thaliana - Golovinomyces orontii pathosystem. Insights gained will inform mitigation strategies against powdery mildew, identify mechanisms by which acetylation impacts plant regulatory networks, and highlight the importance of network plasticity in plants.

Sep 2022 - new preprint!

Amanda G. McRae, Jyoti Taneja, Kathleen Yee, Xinyi Shi, Sajeet Haridas, Kurt LaButti, Vasanth Singan, Igor V. Grigoriev, Mary C. Wildermuth. Spray-induced gene silencing identifies pathogen processes contributing to powdery mildew proliferation doi:

Sep 2022 - DOE Agile Bio Foundry Project was selected!

This collaborative project with DOE teams at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs addresses the pressing need for a scalable method for dsRNA production for Agriculture employing microbial strain engineering and fermentation scaleup.

Aug 2022 - Congrats to Hang Xue for receiving the Andre Tchelistcheff & Dr. Richard Peterson 2022 scholarship awards.

The Andre Tchelistcheff and Dr. Richard Peterson Scholarship funds established by the Monterey Wine Festival Educational Foundation support deserving graduate students doing promising research work in viticulture or enology.

June 2022 - Lab receives 16K from the Gloeckner Foundation

The Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation awarded 16K to the Wildermuth Lab for their study of the powdery mildew-host interaction and novel methods to control powdery mildew of horticultural species.

May 2022 - Undergraduate Cameron Blondino graduates from UC Berkeley!

Cameron Blondino worked on research projects related to powdery mildew proliferation on grapevine. Research included powdery mildew isolation and propagation, field trials for spray-induced gene silencing of powdery mildew, and analysis of RNASeq data. He participated in the UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program and served as an Undergraduate Agricultural Innovation Fellow in the Wildermuth Lab.


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