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Dr Mojgan Rabiey

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Mojgan Rabiey

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Dr Mojgan Rabiey

School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick


Research Interests

Crops and trees are attacked by bacterial pathogens, causing huge economic losses. Current control measures for many of these diseases are limited and relatively ineffective. As we are facing a global rise in antibiotic resistance in bacterial plant diseases, there is an urgent need to develop novel measures to control pathogens of important crops. One promising strategy is using naturally occurring bacteriophages for treating plant bacterial diseases. Bacteriophages (phages) are viruses that, as opposed to antibiotics, only infect specific strains of bacteria, and in lab studies can significantly control bacterial populations.

In my lab we are developing phage therapy to treat bacterial diseases of trees and important crops. We also investigate the evolution of pathogenic bacteria and bacteriophages to understand the genetic mechanism of bacteriophage-bacteria interaction, and how bacteriophages can be utilised as an alternative to antibiotics to control bacterial diseases in plants.

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Dr Mojgan Rabiey is supervising no projects this year.