Full Name Dr. Frank L.W. Takken
Position  Associate professor in the Molecular Plant Pathology group at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences;  Scientific Advisor for Scienza Biotechnology (since 2012)
Work place  Department of Biology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Research Interest  Unravelling the molecular and biochemical mechanism underlying disease resistance in plants
Email  F.L.W.Takken@uva.nl
Website Lab Website
  Full Name Dr. Christine Faulkner
Position Project Leader of Crop Genetics
Work place John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
Research Interest Intercellular communication in plants; Pathogen defence responses in plants, regulated by plasmodesmata;Live cell imaging and development of image analysis tools
Email  christine.faulkner@jic.ac.uk
Website  https://www.jic.ac.uk/directory/christine-faulkner/


Full Name Prof. Silke Robatzek
Position Group Leader, The Sainsbury Laboratory; Honorary Professor (Habilitation in Cell Biology 2009), Botanical Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland
Work place The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
Research Interest Interested to understand how host membranes and their cargoes such as the flagellin receptor FLS2 and other pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) are transported through the cell: how this is regulated, how this contributes to PRR abundance control and thus how it regulates defence activation, for example at the level of pathogen-regulated stomatal movements.
Email silke.robatzek@tsl.ac.uk
Website http://www.tsl.ac.uk/staff/silke-robatzek/
  Full Name Dr. Harrold van den Burg
Position Associate professor
Work place University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Research Interest Molecular interactions between bacteria and virusses on how they infect their host plants
Email H.A.vandenBurg@uva.nl
Website Lab Website
  Full Name Prof. Dr. Stefan Hoth
Position Professor; Molecular Plant Physiology
Work place University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Research Interest
Email stefan.hoth@uni-hamburg.de
Website https://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/forschung/molekular-und-zellbiologie/molpflphys/mitarbeiter/mitarbeiter-hoth/shoth.html



Full Name Dr. VGAA (Vivianne) Vleeshouwers
Position Assistant Professor
Work place Department of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, Netherlands
Research Interest Biology; Defence mechanisms; Disease resistance; Evolution; Host parasite relationships; Molecular breeding; Plant and crop protection/ Plant breeding; Plant genetic resources; Plant molecular biology; Solanum tuberosum
Email vivianne.vleeshouwers@wur.nl
Website https://www.vcard.wur.nl/Views/Profile/View.aspx?id=4704


  Full Name Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zeier
Position Professor
Work place Department of Biology, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Research Interest
Email Juergen.zeier@uni-duesseldorf.de
Website http://www.molekulare-oekophysiologie-der-pflanzen.hhu.de/


  Full Name Prof. Dr. Fumiaki Katagiri
Position Professor
Work place Department of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Research Interest  Systems biology, Plant disease resistance
Email katagiri@umn.edu
Website https://cbs.umn.edu/glazebrook-katagiri-lab






Full Name Dr. Xinnian Dong
Position Professor of Biology, Duke University; Research Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Work place Developmental, Cell and Molecular Biology Group, Department of Botany, Duke University, Durham, USA
Research Interest The mechanisms of plant defense against microbial pathogens. We focus on a specific response known as systemic acquired resistance (SAR). SAR, which can be induced by a local infection, provides the plants with long lasting, systemic resistance against a broad spectrum of pathogens. Salicylic acid (SA; an active ingredient of aspirin) has been found to be the endogenous signal of SAR. Using a genetic approach, our laboratory identified genes involved in the regulation of SAR. Molecular and genetic analyses are being carried out to understand the gene function and to elucidate the SAR signaling pathway. These SAR-regulating genes are also favorite targets for molecular engineering of disease-resistance crops.
Email xdong@duke.edu
Website https://sites.duke.edu/donglab/


  Full Name Prof. Hailing Jin
Position Professor & Cy Mouradick Endowed Chair; Director, Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Graduate Program
Work place Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California, USA
Research Interest Small RNA-mediated Gene Regulation; Plant Immunity
Email hailingj@ucr.edu
Website http://cepceb.ucr.edu/people/jin.html