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Pamela Christine Ronald

Professor, Plant Pathology and the Genome Center

Plant Pathology

228 Robbins Hall


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

Research Contribution to Society:



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

Professional Societies:

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

CBS Graduate Group Affiliations:

Plant Biology  

Specialties / Focus:

Plant Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genomics

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS:

International Agricultural Development  


Last updated 8/7/2013
Tyrosine sulfation in a Gram-negative bacterium Sang-Wook Han Sang-Won Lee Ofir Bahar Benjamin Schwessinger Michelle R. Robinson Jared B. Shaw James A. Madsen Jennifer S. Brodbelt Pamela C. Ronald Nature Communications 3, Article number: 1153 (2012)

Nature. 2006 Aug 10;442(7103):705-8. Sub1A is an ethylene-response-factor-like gene that confers submergence tolerance to rice. Xu K, Xu X, Fukao T, Canlas P, Maghirang-Rodriguez R, Heuer S, Ismail AM, Bailey-Serres J, Ronald PC, Mackill DJ.

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

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.

Laboratory Personnel:

Ronald Laboratory

Teaching Interests:

Genetics and California plant communities.
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