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Megan Cohn


Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California Berkeley, 2015

Current position

Graduate student, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California Berkeley


  1. Cohn, M., Bart, R. S., Shybut, M., Dahlbeck, D., Gomez, M., Morbitzer, R., Hou, B.-H., Frommer, W. B., Lahaye, T. and Staskawicz, B. J. (2014). Xanthomonas axonopodis virulence is promoted by a transcription Activator-like effector-mediated induction of a SWEET sugar transporter in Cassava. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 27(11): 1186-1198.
  2. Bart, R., Cohn, M., Kassen, A., McCallum, E. J., Shybut, M., Petriello, A., Krasileva, K., Dahlbeck, D., Medina, C. and Alicai, T. (2012). High-throughput genomic sequencing of cassava bacterial blight strains identifies conserved effectors to target for durable resistance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(28): E1972-E1979.
  3. Li, F., Pignatta, D., Bendix, C., Brunkard, J. O., Cohn, M. M., Tung, J., Sun, H., Kumar, P. and Baker, B. (2012). MicroRNA regulation of plant innate immune receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109(5): 1790-1795.
  4. Leivar, P., Tepperman, J. M., Cohn, M. M., Monte, E., Al-Sady, B., Erickson, E. and Quail, P. H. (2012). Dynamic antagonism between phytochromes and PIF family basic helix-loop-helix factors induces selective reciprocal responses to light and shade in a rapidly responsive transcriptional network in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 24(4): 1398-1419.
  5. Leivar, P., Monte, E., Cohn, M. M. and Quail, P. H. (2012). Phytochrome signaling in green Arabidopsis seedlings: impact assessment of a mutually negative phyB–PIF feedback loop. Molecular plant 5(3): 734-749.
Protocols by Megan Cohn
  1. Assays to Assess Virulence of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. manihotis on Cassava