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Cara Haney

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Cara Haney

Assistant Professor

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Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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The Haney lab is interested in the genetic and metabolic factors that regulate assembly of host-associated microbial communities (“microbiomes”). The plant root (“rhizosphere”) microbiome is an ideal model for the study of host-microbiome associations: 1) plants can be grown with exposed roots, which allows for real time, non-invasive monitoring of microbial growth, 2) plants receive benefit from their microbiota including pathogen protection and increased nutrient availability, and 3) roots are naturally colonized by well-studied “model” bacteria including Bacillus, Pseudomonas and Streptomyces spp. We use genetic and molecular approaches combined with high-throughput assays and next generation sequencing to probe the interface of the rhizosphere microbiome with the model plant Arabidopsis. Current and ongoing projects include identifying plant and bacterial genes that shape the rhizosphere community and determining how microbiomes affect plant health and development.

The Haney Lab will have openings for PhD students, a technician and a postdoc beginning in February 2016. Interested candidates should directly contact Dr. Haney by email.

Selected Publications

Haney, C.H., Samuel, B.S., Bush, J. and Ausubel, F. M. (2015). Associations with rhizosphere bacteria can confer an adaptive advantage to plants. Nature Plants. 1(6):1-9

Haney, C.H., Urbach, J. and Ausubel, F.M. (2014). Innate Immunity in Plants and Animals. The Biochemist. 36(5):1-5.

Riely, B.K., Larrainzar, E., Haney, C.H., J.H., Gil-Quintana, E., González, E.M., Yu, H.J., David Tricoli, D., Ehrhardt, D.W., Long, S.R., and Cook, D.R. (2013). Development of tools for the biochemical characterization of the symbiotic receptor-like kinase DMI2. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 26(2):216-26.

Haney, C.H., Riely, B.K., Tricoli, D., Cook, D. R., Ehrhardt, D.W., and Long, S.R. (2011). Symbiotic rhizobia bacteria trigger a change in localization and dynamics of the Medicago truncatula receptor kinase LYK3. Plant Cell. 23(7):2774-87

Haney, C.H., and Long, S.R. (2010). Plant flotillins are required for infection by nitrogen-fixing bacteria. PNAS. 107(1):478-83.