Jeff Anderson receives NSF CAREER award

The prestigious CAREER award supports “early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.” The five-year $1.1 million grant will support a research project titled “Unraveling the metabolic interface between pathogenic Pseudomonas syringae bacteria and host plants.” This research will address bacterial diseases of plants that cause significant losses in yield and marketability of many important crops. With this funding, Anderson’s laboratory will investigate how pathogenic bacteria use plant-derived chemicals as signals to begin expressing genes necessary for infection, with the long term goal of using this knowledge to develop new crop protection strategies. The award also supports Anderson’s educational outreach activities including summer STEM camps for high school students from multiple under-served rural and urban schools in the Pacific Northwest.