International Association for
Plant Biotechnology Congress

19th – 24th August 2018

VENUE: CCD, DUBLIN IRELAND

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Professor Sophien Kamoun
The Sainsbury Laboratory
Norwich
UK

Biography

Sophien Kamoun joined The Sainsbury Laboratory in 2007 and served as Head of Laboratory from 2009 to 2014. He also holds the rank of Professor of Biology at The University of East Anglia. Prof. Kamoun received his B.S. degree from Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France, and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California at Davis in 1991. He then was a postdoctoral fellow at the NSF Center for Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens, UC Davis, and at the Department of Phytopathology, Wageningen University, Netherlands. From 1998-2007, Prof. Kamoun was on the faculty at the Ohio State University, Department of Plant Pathology, Wooster campus. At The Sainsbury Laboratory, Prof. Kamoun studies the interactions between plants and pathogens, combining molecular and comparative analyses to interpret mechanisms of pathogenicity and immunity from an evolutionary perspective. Throughout his career, Prof. Kamoun made unique and ground-breaking contributions to understanding plant-parasite interactions. He discovered the first families of virulence effector proteins from oomycetes, the group of plant pathogens that includes the Irish potato famine pathogen. He developed a mechanistic understanding of how effectors modulate plant immunity, establishing how antagonistic coevolution with host plants impacts pathogen genomes. His pioneering work on effector biology and pathogenomics resulted in new approaches to breeding disease resistant crops. Prof. Kamoun received the American Phytopathological Society Syngenta Award in 2003 and the Noel Keen Award in 2013. He was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2011, EMBO in 2015, received a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator Award in 2011, and is a Thomson Reuters 2014/2015 Highly Cited Researcher.Kamoun Lab Web Site kamounlab.net Twitter @KamounLab

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