Assistant Faculty Member, Principle Investigator, Danforth Center
Dr. Becky Bart completed her undergraduate education at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, before pursuing her doctoral research in the Plant Pathology Department at University of California (UC)–Davis. There she worked with Professor Pamela Ronald to elucidate genetic components of the rice innate immune response. Dr. Bart then worked as a postdoctoral scholar in Professor Brian Staskawicz’s laboratory at UC–Berkeley to further understand the molecular and genetic interaction between the important food crop, cassava, and its major bacterial pathogen Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. manihotis. Dr. Bart began her own laboratory at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in the Fall of 2013 where she is continuing her work on cassava and expanding her focus to other important Xanthomonas-incited diseases.