Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference
25-28 November 2019 Melbourne, Australia
Strong Foundations, Future Innovations


Dr Carolee T. Bull

Dr. Carolee T. Bull, serves as the Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, Director of the Penn State Microbiome Center which she established, and as a Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology at Penn State University. Her research focuses on translational taxonomy using taxonomic inquiry to develop management strategies for diseases of mushrooms and plants. She serves as the convener of the ISPP Committee on the Taxonomy of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria and as the Secretary of the Judicial Commission of the Interinstitutional Committee on the Systematics of Prokaryotes. Professor Bull is a committed mentor and has received numerous awards for mentoring including the Secretary’s Honor Award (the highest award for service to the nation in agriculture) from the US Secretary of Agriculture in 2014. Dr. Bull received a BS in Botany from Ohio University in 1985, an MS in Plant Pathology from Washington State University in 1987, and a PhD in Plant Pathology from Oregon State University in 1992. She continued her work as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the University of Lausanne before beginning her 20-year career with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Professor Sophien Kamoun

Sophien Kamoun grew up in Tunisia where he developed a passion and curiosity about nature. He studied genetics in Paris and Davis, California, before working in Wageningen, Ohio and Norwich, where he is currently a Senior Scientist at The Sainsbury Laboratory and Professor of Biology at The University of East Anglia. He is known for his seminal contributions to our understanding of plant diseases and plant immunity.

Professor Kamoun pioneered genomics and molecular biology methods to reveal fundamental insights into the biology and evolution of eukaryotic plant pathogens. He discovered virulence effector families from pathogenic oomycetes and fungi, and showed how they can modulate plant immunity. He demonstrated how antagonistic coevolution with host plants has impacted the architecture of pathogen genomes, accelerated the evolution of effector genes, and drove the emergence of immune receptors networks. His inventive work in plant pathology has resulted in new approaches to mitigate some of the world’s most serious crop diseases.

Professor Kamoun has received many awards and recognitions, notably the Kuwait Prize and The Linnean Medal.

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  • Key Dates

  • Registrations Open November 2018
  • Call for Abstracts Open November 2018
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline 17 May 2019
  • Call for Workshops Close 15 March 2019
  • Call for Abstracts Close 25 July 2019
  • Notification to Authors 9 September 2019
  • APPS 2019 Conference 25 - 28 November 2019


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