PhD A helping hand: signal transduction in plant immunit

In this project, we will address how intracellular plant immune receptors (NLRs) from rice function together to promote immunity. Previous work has shown the molecular basis of how these proteins recognise the signatures of pathogen infection, but we understand very little about how this recognition is transduced into a signal. This project will investigate the changes that occur within immune receptors on pathogen recognition, including the potential for conformational change and changes in oligomerisation. It will also investigate the hypothesis that conformational change promotes interactions with other cellular components leading to signalling. Each of these outcomes will be probed by mutagenesis to define their impact on function.