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Khan Lab: Mechanisms of Fruit Diseases and Resistance

School of Integrative Plant Science| Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section


Welcome to the Khan Lab!

We are interested in mechanisms of disease resistance and pathogenesis in rosaceous fruits, and to develop strategies to speed up variety development for improved disease resistance. Some of the tools that we use are quantitative genetics, QTL and association mapping, genome editing, bioinformatics, marker-assisted selection, and transgenics. We are also interested in developing high-throughput methods for plant resistance phenotyping.

Our research focus, the rose family (Rosaceae), is culturally and commercially valuable, as many of the most popular fruits belong to it. For example, apples, pears, peaches, plums, almonds, apricots, strawberries, cherries, loquats, and raspberries belong to the rosaceae family. A number of fungal and bacterial diseases cause huge economic losses to the fruit industry globally and are a threat to sustainable production. To make our research relevant to the industry and growers, our extension focus is on connecting lab and field research to the orchards for practical use.


We welcome and support motivated summer scholars, undergraduate, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists. If you are interested in any of the above areas, please contact us at

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