Alejandra Duque

Pseudomonas is one of the most common plant pathogens, and can infect a wide range of species. However, infection potential varies greatly between individual Pseudomonas isolates, in part due to their specific repertoire of effectors. I am interested in how genetic variation of both host and pathogen impacts the outcome of infection. To address this question, I use a natural Arabidopsis – Pseudomonas pathosystem, as Arabidopsis thaliana is a host to different strains of Pseudomonas species in the wild.

Research lines

  • Plant – microbe interactions
  • Genetic determinats of pathogenicity
  • Infection genetics

Short vita

  • 2018 to present

    Doctoral Researcher / Max Planck Institute for Biology

  • 2016 to 2018

    International Master in Innovative Medicine / University of Groningen, The Netherlands and Uppsala University, Sweden

  • 2015 to 2016

    Young Researcher/ Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

  • 2010 to 2014

    Bachelor degree in Biology / Universidad CES, Colombia

Selected publications

Karasov TL, Neumann M, Duque-Jaramillo A, Kersten S, Bezrukov I, Schröppel B, et al. The relationship between microbial population size and disease in the Arabidopsis thaliana phyllosphere. bioRxiv (2020).