Adam Steinbrenner is a HHMI Postdoctoral Fellow and UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Eric Schmelz's lab at the University of California, San Diego. I study how plants recognize and defend against pests.
Plants respond to compounds in oral secretions of Lepidopteran herbivores (caterpillar spit), but the molecular basis is not understood. I aim to identify plant receptors and signaling factors involved in defending against herbivory, and to characterize how these responses evolve across populations and species. I'm also interested in differences between herbivore and pathogen defense syndromes.
My doctoral work at UC Berkeley addressed plant immune responses to microbial pathogens, focusing on structure and function of intracellular immune receptors in the NLR superfamily.
I'm active on Twitter and maintain a Scoop.It page on my current plant-insect reading. adam.steinbrenner [at] gmail.com