Dr. Robin Cameron
What is the overall goal of your research program?
Plants like animals defend themselves from disease and sometimes succumb to microbial disease. My research group is interested in understanding the molecular genetic and biochemical mechanisms of the plant immune response. Our long-term goal is to translate our plant immunity knowledge to improve plant defense to microbial disease in order to reduce crop loss and pesticide use in agriculture
What would be one of your biggest research highlights?
After many years of challenging research, my group demonstrated that the DIR1 protein moves via the phloem from an initially infected leaf to distant leaves, where it participates in priming the distant leaves to respond in a resistant manner to future microbial infections. Knowing that DIR1 is a key protein involved in inter-organ signaling for resistance, will allow us to understand what DIR1 does in distant leaves to activate priming and resistance and provide information that can be applied to improving disease resistance in crops.
How can we find out more information about the research you do?
Search Cameron RK on the Web of Science or see my webpage http://www.biology.mcmaster.ca/cameron/
What are your main interests outside of research?
I enjoy the arts especially live music (jazz, classical, country, etc.), gardening, hiking, canoeing and sports (fitness classes at the Pulse and hockey in the Hamilton Women’s Hockey league). All of these activities maintain my mental and physical well-being as well as enhancing my ability to do creative research.