Barbara Baker received her Ph.D in 1981 from the University of California at San Francisco. The goal of her research is to understand molecular mechanisms of plant resistance to pathogen diseases. She is especially interested in understanding the mechanism of plant-pathogen recognition and signal transduction leading to the induction of disease resistance responses. Her experimental system consists of the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) resistance gene, N, encoding a putative cytoplasmic receptor, disease-resistant plant hosts harboring N, and the classical plant pathogen, TMV.
Research Expertise and Interest
biochemistry, genetics, signal transduction, plant and microbial biology, biolomolecular mechanisms of plant resistance to microbial disease, plant pathogen recognition, plant resistance to pathogen diseases, tobacco mosaic virus, agriculture and crops