Professor and Fiddyment Endowed Chair, Graduate Program Chair
Dr. Coaker’s research program focuses on the interaction between bacterial pathogens and plants. Her work focuses on understanding kinase-mediated immune signaling and pathogen effector targets in both model and crop plants. Recent research investigates vascular pathogens, including vector-borne disease associated with Liberibacter species in citrus, tomato and potato. She also works on understanding the interaction between the Gram-positive vascular pathogen Clavibacter and its plant hosts.
- Molecular biology, genetics and proteomics of plant-microbe interactions; plant bacteriology