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Aarda Kachroo

Aardra P. Kachroo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Department of Plant Pathology
University of Kentucky
215 Plant Science Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0312

telephone: (859) 218-1292
FAX: (859) 323-1961

A. Kachroo Lab

Education Ph.D. in Microbiology, 1999, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India & The Salk Institute of Biological Studies, California
M.S. in Biotechnology, 1993, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
B.S. in Microbiology, 1991, Ramnarian Ruia College, Mumbai, India
Focus Research
The long-term goals of my program are to understand how plant defense signaling pathways interconnect to function as a network in providing protection against a variety of pathogens. We use Arabidopsis and soybean as our experimental systems and study defense responses to viral (Turnip crinkle virus, Soybean mosaic virus), bacterial (Pseudomonas syringae), fungal (Botrytis cinerea) and oomycete (Phytophthora sojae) pathogens. Current projects relate to:
  • Identifying plant targets of bacterial and viral effectors
  • Understanding how glycerolipid metabolism interfaces with defense signaling
  • Determining the role of the plant cuticle in systemic immunity

  • PPA 500-001 Physiology of Plant Health & Disease
  • PPA 785-002 Special Problems in Plant Pathology
Employment Highlights
  • Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, 2012-present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, 2006-2012
  • Ag Research Specialist, University of Kentucky, 2003-2006
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Cornell University, 2000-2002
Awards, Recognition, Service
  • Reviewer: USDA, NSF, OCAST, BARD, 2006-present
  • ASPB Young Women Investigator Travel Award, 2007
  • Rockefeller Foundation graduate fellowship, 1994-1996
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Plant Biology
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • International Society of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • American Soybean Association
Selected Recent Publications


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