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Elizabeth Brauer

Elizabeth Brauer
Boyce Thompson Institute 108
(607) 254-2290


  • August 2010-present, PhD student, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology concentrations, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University.
  • 2006-2009, MSc, Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph
  • 2002-2006, BSc, Plant Biotechnology, University of Guelph

Current Graduate Advisor: Sorina Popescu

Research Focus

The Popescu lab is developing several techniques for high-throughput measurement of effector-kinase interactions using the tomato-Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae model pathosystem.  I use protein microarrays to examine protein-protein interactions and kinase activity.

I’m also interested in characterizing the role of individual kinases in stress-induced signal transduction.  I using genetic and biochemical approaches to understand how kinases of interest contribute to salt tolerance and PAMP-triggered immunity. 


Professional Experience     

  • 2009-2010 Researcher, International Potato Center, Lima, Peru
  • 2009 Agricultural Consultant, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 Boyce Thompson Institute Travel Award
  • 2012 MPMI Travel Award
  • 2012 Cornell Graduate School Travel Award
  • 2011 NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2010 Cornell Fellowship, Cornell University

Elected and Appointed Offices  

  • 2013 American Society of Plant Biologists Ambassador
  • 2012-2013 Curriculum Committee (PPPMB)
  • 2011-2012 Vice-President of the Graduate Student Association (PPPMB)
  • 2010-2011 Prospective Student Committee (PPPMB)

Professional Societies and Working Groups

  • International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • American Phytopathological Society


  • Brauer, E.K., Popescu, S.C., Popescu, G.V. (2014) Experimental and analytical approaches to characterize plant kinases using protein microarrays. Methods Mol. Biol. 1171:217-235.
  • Brauer, E.K., Singh, D.K., Popescu, S.C. (2014) Next-generation plant science: putting big data to work. Genome Biology 15: 301.
  • Singh, D.K., Calviño, M. Brauer, E.K., Fernandez-Pozo, N., Strickler, S., Yalamanchili, R., Suzuki, H., Aoki, K., Shibata, D., Stratmann, J.W., Popescu, G.V., Mueller, L.A., Popescu, S.C. (2014) The Tomato Kinome and the Tomato Kinase Library ORFeome: Novel Resources for the Study of Kinases and Signal Transduction in Tomato and Solanaceae Species. MPMI 27(1): 7–17.
  • Brauer, E.K. et al. (2011) Reappraisal of nitrogen use efficiency in rice overexpressing glutamine synthetase1. Physiologia Plantarum 141(4): 361.
  • Brauer, EK and Shelp, BJ (2010) Nitrogen use efficiency: re-consideration of the bioengineering approach. Botany 88(2): 103-109.