Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory

About the laboratory

Our laboratory, led by Dr. Carl Mesarich, investigates the molecular basis of plant–microbe interactions.

The main goal of our research is to develop a comprehensive understanding of these interactions, with the goal of better informing disease resistance breeding programmes.

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Current research

  • Understanding how plant-pathogenic fungi and oomycetes, through the deployment of effector molecules, cause disease and/or trigger host immunity
  • Understanding how filamentous plant-pathogenic fungi, through modifications in their cell surface, differentiate and maintain infection‑related cellular morphotypes essential to host colonization

Plant pathology research
Plant pathology printed publications


We are widely published in a variety of international publications.

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Working with us

Currently there are no positions available.

If you are interested in postgraduate, internship or summer school positions please contact Dr Carl Mesarich
Dr Carl Mesarich

About Dr Mesarich

Dr. Mesarich received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. (in Biological Sciences) and his PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology from the University of Auckland (in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited).

His postdoctoral research was at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited (Bioprotection Group; 2015) and Wageningen University, the Netherlands (Laboratory of Phytopathology; 2012–2014).



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