Pamela Ronald

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Distinguished Professor, Plant Pathology and the Genome Center


UC Davis Genome Center
Plant Pathology

Offices and Labs

226 Robbins Hall


1990 PhD University of California, Berkeley
1985 MS Uppsala University, Sweden
1984 MA Biology Stanford University
1982 BA Biology Reed College, Oregon

Research Contribution


Honorary Scientist at the National Institute of Ag Biotechnology, Korea; John Simon Guggenheim Fellow
2008 USDA National Research Initiative Discovery Award
2012 Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award
selected as one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company Magazine.
The Tech Award 2012 for innovative use of technology to benefit humanity
2012 Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food

Department and Center Affiliations

Director of Grass Genetics, Joint Bioenergy Institute, Emeryville
DIrector, UC Davis Institute of Food and Agricultural Literacy


American Society of Plant Biologists American Phytopathological Society International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions American Association for the Advancement of Science

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Integrated Genetics and Genomics
Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

Plant Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genomics
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Plant Pathology


Ronald Laboratory website

Teaching Interests

Genetics and California plant communities.
Genetics and Society


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  • For publication list, please see

  • Goes da Silva F, Shen Y, Dardick C, Burdman S, Yadav R, Sharma P, and Ronald PC. 2004. Components of a type I secretion system and a sulfotransferase-like protein are required for the Xa21 receptor kinase mediated defense response. MPMI, 17:593.
  • Wang GL, Ruan DL, Song WY, Sideris S, Chen L, Pi LY, Zhang S, Zhang Z, Fauquet C, Gaut BS, Whalen MC, and Ronald PC.. 1998. The rice disease resistance gene, Xa21D, encodes a receptor-like molecule with a LRR domain that determines race specific recognit
  • Song W, Pi L, Wang G, Gardner J, Holsten T, Ronald PC. . 1997. Evolution of the Rice Xa21 Disease Resistance Gene Family. Plant Cell . 9::1279-1287
  • Song W-Y, Wang G-L, Chen L, Kim H-S, Pi Li-Ya, Gardner J, Wang B, Holsten T, Zhai W-X, Zhu L- H, Fauquet C, Ronald PC. . 1995. A receptor kinase-like protein encoded by the rice disease resistance gene Xa21. . Science. 270:1804-1806