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Max Fishman

408 Plant Science
(607) 255-2160


  • August 2012 - present, PhD Student, Plant-Microbe Biology, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University.
  • May 2009, B.S. Chemical Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Graduate Advisor: Melanie Filiatrault

Research Focus

I am studying gene regulation in Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000.  Specifically, I am looking into a two-component system found to be involved in virulence.  Two-component systems are found in almost all bacteria and are used to sense changes in the environment and subsequently turn on or off genes appropriate for that environment.  Little is known about the specific two-component system I am researching, but mutants without this two-component system have been shown to be less virulent in Arabidopsis thaliana and in tomato. 

I am also working on a project that uses RNA-sequencing to look at overall gene expression of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 in planta

Professional Experience

  • 05/2011-08/2011: Research Assistant in the M.G. Finn lab at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA
  • 11/2011-7/2012: Research Associate I at The J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, CA

Elected and Appointed Offices

  • 2012-present: Prospective Student Committee member (PPPMB)
  • 2012-present: Graduate Student Colloquium Committee member (PPPMB)